Fortresses: Hidden, black, ancient, high-rise and alternative
This month we are proud to present a 35mm screening of Michael Mann’s rare 1983 film The Keep in collaboration with Cigarette Burns at the Prince Charles in London on 21 February. This is the occasion for a look at fortresses on film, with reviews of The Keep, Akira Kurosawa’s feudal Japan tale The Hidden Fortress and housing project-set shocker Citadel, an interview with Citadel director Ciaran Foy, a feature on alternative fortresses and a Comic Strip Review of Time Bandits. And we also have a Reel Sounds column on the Tangerine Dream soundtrack to Michael Mann’s Thief.
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Repulsion: The strange attraction of dark emotions, vile acts and messed up characters
To coincide with the BFI’s extended run of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, we look at the repellent anti-hero of Maniac in our Comic Strip Review, the disgust caused by the hellish David Mamet-scripted Edmond, and vomit in film. Our Reel Sounds column is on the beautiful score to the shockingly disturbing Cannibal Holocaust.
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Creatures: Ancient beasts, mystical monsters, sleepwalking murderers
As winter sets in the creatures come out of the dark: The Golem is conjured up, Conrad Veidt is the puppet of a sinister hypnotist in The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, a primitive beast terrorizes Trans-Siberian passengers in 70s Spanish horror movie Horror Express and we have a feature on ‘Female Creatures and Science Experiments Gone Amiss’. In Alter Ego, Sam Hawken is Underworld’s Selene while our Comic Strip Review is on Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen.
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Memory: Lost love remembered, ghosts of the living and the dead, bygone cinema
Memory is our autumnal theme this month with reviews of Miguel Gomes’s wonderful tale of past wrong love Tabu and The Swimmer, Frank Perry’s startling 1968 portrayal of a man coming to terms with his life. We have an interview with Guy Maddin about his latest ghostly reverie Keyhole and a feature on Hirokazu Kore-eda, director of After Life and Nobody Knows. Our Comic Strip Review remembers an episode from a BBC TV series from the past, A Ghost Story for Christmas‘ Whistle and I’ll Come to You. In Alter Ego, writer Will Wiles is Grosse Pointe Blank‘s Martin Blank.
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