Issue 42: Propaganda

The Eleventh Year

Theme: Propaganda
A Sixth Part of the World
No Politics: The New US War Film
Reel Sounds: Triumph of the Will

Bong Joon-ho on Mother
Sylvain Chomet on The Illusionist
Fran&#231ois Ozon on The Refuge
Peter Whitehead on Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts

Film Reviews
The Human Centipede

DVD Reviews
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Comic Strip Review:

Trailers and videos:
trailer for Oddsac

The Films of Vincenzo Natali

Propaganda: Revolutionary Soviets, Nazi bombast, apolitical America

This month’s propaganda theme was prompted by the recent releases of Alexander Dovzhenko’s Earth and Dziga Vertov’s A Sixth Part of the World. We also have a feature on the absence of propaganda in recent American war films and a Reel Sounds column on the soundtrack of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will.

New cinema releases include the notorious extreme body horror movie The Human Centipede, and we have an interview with Bong Joon-ho, whose extraordinary Mother is out this month. We also interview Sylvain Chomet about The Illusionist and Fran&#231ois Ozon about The Refuge.

In the DVDs, we look at classic Technicolor romance Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, Hammer’s excellent atmospheric thriller Paranoiac and disappointing ninja movie Kamui. We also have a comic strip review of Swiss sci-fi thriller Cargo. And we interview Peter Whitehead on Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts.

In the Blog, we have previews of FrightFest and the London Animation Film Festival. And you can watch the trailer for Oddsac, a film by Animal Collective and Danny Perez.

The Films of Vincenzo Natali: Alex Fitch talks to director Vincenzo Natali about Splice, his previous films with actor David Hewlett, and his forthcoming adaptation of William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer.