Hold on to your bonnets, for Jane Austen is coming to the screen in a way you’ve never seen her before: downright devious, manipulative and totally unprincipled.
Whit Stillman’s gloriously acid Love &Friendship reunites Kate Beckinsale andChloë Sevigny, some 18 years after their previous Stillman double act in The Last Days of Disco. Beckinsale’s scheming widow Lady Susan is the delightful viper at the heart of this comedy of romantic entanglements. In our extensive cover interview, Stillmantalks about the enduring appeal of Austen, adapting an epistolary novel but abandoning the format and working with Beckinsale, Sevigny and his great ensemble cast. He also roves over his career since his 1990 debut Metropolitan, discussing the art of editing, making a pilot for Amazon and directing an episode of the most un-Stillman-like TV series Homicide: Life on the Streets.
Finally, we couldn’t help but use Richard Linklater’s portrait of Texan university life Everybody Wants Some!! as an excuse to reflect on the larger-than-life genre of American college movies that stretches back to Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton.
Our Wide Angle section profiles one of the UK’s most important avant-garde filmmakers,Malcolm Le Grice; takes a cosmic trip courtesy of 1925 silent German documentary Wonder of Creation; uncovers the history of amateur British female filmmakers; and more.
Our Home Entertainment section hails a new 4K restoration of Kurosawa Akira’s King Lear adaptation Ran, and the long-awaited release of Edward Yang’s 1991 masterpiece A Brighter Summer Day, as well as selecting some of the most exciting new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
Actresses take over our books section this month with reviews of biographies of Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Taylor, plus a timely study of freelance actresses and the power they possessed in the Hollywood studio system.
We say farewell with our endings column, exploring Tilda Swinton’s silent gaze to the camera at the close of Sally Potter’s Orlando.