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Eyes Wide Shut at 20: we revisit and reappraise Stanley Kubrick’s last film and its portrait of male power and privilege, talk to his collaborators and delve into the Kubrick archive.


Plus Jesse Armstrong’s Succession, Mati Diop’s Atlantics, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Jérémy Clapin’s I Lost My Body and Netflix’s animation gold rush, and a fresh look at the radicalism of the movie musical.

Eyes Wide Shut at 20: we revisit and reappraise Stanley Kubrick’s last film and its portrait of male power and privilege, talk to his collaborators and delve into the Kubrick archive.


Plus Jesse Armstrong’s Succession, Mati Diop’s Atlantics, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Jérémy Clapin’s I Lost My Body and Netflix’s animation gold rush, and a fresh look at the radicalism of the movie musical.

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On the 20th anniversary of Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick’s dark portrait of sexual jealousy, Hannah McGill re-examines the director’s dreamlike examination of male power and privilege.

Screenwriter Frederic Raphael remembers collaborating with Kubrick, assistant Anthony Frewin discusses the film’s costumes, producer Jan Harlan recalls a flying visit to Venice to collect masks, Katharina Kubrick celebrates her father’s exacting genius and Georgina Orgill outlines the joys of being head of the Kubrick archive.

Plus Mati Diop’s bold supernatural drama Atlantics, Jesse Armstrong’s HBO series Succession, Noah Baumbach on Marriage Story, the disruptive spectacle of the musical, Jérémy Clapin’s cosmically strange animated tale I Lost My Body and Netflix’s entry into making animated movies.

Plus regular features:

Editorial
The Marvel/Auteur face-off

Rushes
‘Movies last forever’
A fantastic year at the BFI London Film Festival was capped by a live discussion with Robert De Niro, examining his career, his method and his new film The Irishman.

Interview: Costume drama
Sandy Powell, costume designer by appointment to Derek Jarman and Todd Haynes, talks about designing for The Irishman. By Isabel Stevens.

Scorsese on… film noir
The Irishman echoes many film noirs in its focus on the difficulty faced by soldiers returning from World War II in readjusting to civilian life, and how they slide into the gangster world. Here, Martin Scorsese talks to Philip Horne about his relationship with the genre.

BFI London Film Festival: First time’s a charm
A series of bold, distinctive works from debut directors proved to be a highlight of this year’s BFI London Film Festival. By Matthew Thrift.

+ Directors’ cuts: filmmaker quotes from the LFF

Rising star: Phillip Youmans

Dream palaces: New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles
Rian Johnson, the director of Brick and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, recalls rats and Rita Hayworth in the dingy sanctuary of LA’s revered revival cinema.

Festival: Portrait of some ladies on fire
A film festival run by and for women and a golden retriever as mayor – Idyllwild, CA’s Women Under the Influence festival lives up to its name. By Leonie Cooper.

Profile: Something like a phenomenon
From YouTube to the mountain top – how Andrew Onwubolu aka Rapman, a rapper with a camera and a vision, took the film industry by storm. By Will Massa.

Interview: Pride, prejudice and zombies
Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child resurrects the idea of the undead to examine slavery, colonialism and the pomp of the French state. By Jonathan Romney.

The numbers: Fleabag
The dazzling box-office success of NT Live’s Fleabag underlines the ever-growing popularity of live theatre shows at UK cinemas. By Charles Gant.

Films in production
New projects for George Miller, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, musicals from Dee Rees and Richard Linklater and TV series from Dario Argento and Baltasar Kormákur.

Wide angle

Primal Screen: The lady is a Tramp
Cross-dressing was a long-established music-hall tradition, but Charlie Chaplin used it to open the door to something queerer. By Tamsin Cleary.

Profile: Malcolm LeGrice
Playful and mysterious, the British artist filmmaker challenges our idea of cinema and our perceptions of what is real. By Sophia Satchell Baeza.

Soundings: The sound of silence
The Spanish composer Carles Santos’s five-decade collaboration with Pere Portabella is haunted by his fascination with silence. By Sam Davies.

Reviews:

Films of the month:
Here for Life
Knives Out

Plus reviews of :
The Addams Family
The Aeronauts
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
Atlantics
Back Roads
Black and Blue
Blue Story
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Darkness Visible
A Dog Called Money
Earthquake Bird
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
Gemini Man
Harriet
Heimat Is a Space in Time
I Lost My Body
The Irishman
Judy & Punch
Ladyworld
Le Mans ’66
Little Monsters
Luce
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Marriage Story
Meeting Gorbachev
The Nightingale
Permission
The Report
Shooting the Mafia
The Street
Zombi Child
Zombieland: Double Tap

Home cinema features

Plump action: Three films with Sammo Hung
A graceful athlete who has always played his bulk for laughs, Sammo Hung has been a source of sheer delight for more than 40 years. Reviewed by Nick Pinkerton.

Outsider art: The Inland Sea
Donald Richie’s leisured, meditative travelogue became the basis for a bewitching film about Japan, and about being a stranger. By Jasper Sharp.

Streaming:
Unbelievable
Netflix’s true detective series is an object lesson in how to turn journalism into drama – and make drama with a message. By Sheila O’Malley.

Plus reviews of:
The Bells of St Mary’s
The Dark Half
The Fate of Lee Khan
Hair
Films starring Tony Hancock: The Rebel, The Punch and Judy Man
Legend of the Witches / Secret Rites
Ray Meets Helen
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
That’ll Be the Day / Stardust

Archive television
Robert Hanks on The Old Devils and Landscapes of England

Books:

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (Bloomsbury Circus) reviewed by Pamela Hutchinson

Second Sight: The Selected Film Writing of Adam Mars-Jones by Adam Mars-Jones (Reaktion Books) reviewed by Ryan Gilbey

Picture by Lillian Ross, with a foreword by Anjelica Huston (New York Review Books Classics) reviewed by Sam Davies

Letters

Endings:
The Beyond
The apocalyptic close of Italian director Lucio Fulci’s horror classic sees its protagonists trapped in a purgatory of infinite time and space. By Violet Lucca.

On the 20th anniversary of Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick’s dark portrait of sexual jealousy, Hannah McGill re-examines the director’s dreamlike examination of male power and privilege.

Screenwriter Frederic Raphael remembers collaborating with Kubrick, assistant Anthony Frewin discusses the film’s costumes, producer Jan Harlan recalls a flying visit to Venice to collect masks, Katharina Kubrick celebrates her father’s exacting genius and Georgina Orgill outlines the joys of being head of the Kubrick archive.

Plus Mati Diop’s bold supernatural drama Atlantics, Jesse Armstrong’s HBO series Succession, Noah Baumbach on Marriage Story, the disruptive spectacle of the musical, Jérémy Clapin’s cosmically strange animated tale I Lost My Body and Netflix’s entry into making animated movies.

Plus regular features:

Editorial
The Marvel/Auteur face-off

Rushes
‘Movies last forever’
A fantastic year at the BFI London Film Festival was capped by a live discussion with Robert De Niro, examining his career, his method and his new film The Irishman.

Interview: Costume drama
Sandy Powell, costume designer by appointment to Derek Jarman and Todd Haynes, talks about designing for The Irishman. By Isabel Stevens.

Scorsese on… film noir
The Irishman echoes many film noirs in its focus on the difficulty faced by soldiers returning from World War II in readjusting to civilian life, and how they slide into the gangster world. Here, Martin Scorsese talks to Philip Horne about his relationship with the genre.

BFI London Film Festival: First time’s a charm
A series of bold, distinctive works from debut directors proved to be a highlight of this year’s BFI London Film Festival. By Matthew Thrift.

+ Directors’ cuts: filmmaker quotes from the LFF

Rising star: Phillip Youmans

Dream palaces: New Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles
Rian Johnson, the director of Brick and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, recalls rats and Rita Hayworth in the dingy sanctuary of LA’s revered revival cinema.

Festival: Portrait of some ladies on fire
A film festival run by and for women and a golden retriever as mayor – Idyllwild, CA’s Women Under the Influence festival lives up to its name. By Leonie Cooper.

Profile: Something like a phenomenon
From YouTube to the mountain top – how Andrew Onwubolu aka Rapman, a rapper with a camera and a vision, took the film industry by storm. By Will Massa.

Interview: Pride, prejudice and zombies
Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child resurrects the idea of the undead to examine slavery, colonialism and the pomp of the French state. By Jonathan Romney.

The numbers: Fleabag
The dazzling box-office success of NT Live’s Fleabag underlines the ever-growing popularity of live theatre shows at UK cinemas. By Charles Gant.

Films in production
New projects for George Miller, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, musicals from Dee Rees and Richard Linklater and TV series from Dario Argento and Baltasar Kormákur.

Wide angle

Primal Screen: The lady is a Tramp
Cross-dressing was a long-established music-hall tradition, but Charlie Chaplin used it to open the door to something queerer. By Tamsin Cleary.

Profile: Malcolm LeGrice
Playful and mysterious, the British artist filmmaker challenges our idea of cinema and our perceptions of what is real. By Sophia Satchell Baeza.

Soundings: The sound of silence
The Spanish composer Carles Santos’s five-decade collaboration with Pere Portabella is haunted by his fascination with silence. By Sam Davies.

Reviews:

Films of the month:
Here for Life
Knives Out

Plus reviews of :
The Addams Family
The Aeronauts
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary
Atlantics
Back Roads
Black and Blue
Blue Story
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Darkness Visible
A Dog Called Money
Earthquake Bird
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil
Gemini Man
Harriet
Heimat Is a Space in Time
I Lost My Body
The Irishman
Judy & Punch
Ladyworld
Le Mans ’66
Little Monsters
Luce
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Marriage Story
Meeting Gorbachev
The Nightingale
Permission
The Report
Shooting the Mafia
The Street
Zombi Child
Zombieland: Double Tap

Home cinema features

Plump action: Three films with Sammo Hung
A graceful athlete who has always played his bulk for laughs, Sammo Hung has been a source of sheer delight for more than 40 years. Reviewed by Nick Pinkerton.

Outsider art: The Inland Sea
Donald Richie’s leisured, meditative travelogue became the basis for a bewitching film about Japan, and about being a stranger. By Jasper Sharp.

Streaming:
Unbelievable
Netflix’s true detective series is an object lesson in how to turn journalism into drama – and make drama with a message. By Sheila O’Malley.

Plus reviews of:
The Bells of St Mary’s
The Dark Half
The Fate of Lee Khan
Hair
Films starring Tony Hancock: The Rebel, The Punch and Judy Man
Legend of the Witches / Secret Rites
Ray Meets Helen
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
That’ll Be the Day / Stardust

Archive television
Robert Hanks on The Old Devils and Landscapes of England

Books:

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (Bloomsbury Circus) reviewed by Pamela Hutchinson

Second Sight: The Selected Film Writing of Adam Mars-Jones by Adam Mars-Jones (Reaktion Books) reviewed by Ryan Gilbey

Picture by Lillian Ross, with a foreword by Anjelica Huston (New York Review Books Classics) reviewed by Sam Davies

Letters

Endings:
The Beyond
The apocalyptic close of Italian director Lucio Fulci’s horror classic sees its protagonists trapped in a purgatory of infinite time and space. By Violet Lucca.

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SKU SSDEC2019
Publisher(s) BFI
Format Paperback
Original publication date November 2019

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