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CINEASTE, VOL. XLIII, NO. 4, FALL 2018

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ARTICLES The First Face: Finding Samuel Fuller in His Early Stories and Screenplays by Jeff Billington Fade in on exposés of underworld gangsters and publishers slinging “fake news” in the early writing credits that preceded Fuller’s directorial debut.

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Laughter in the Dark: The Black Comedy of Lina Wertmüller by Darragh O’Donoghue Fabulous then, near-forgotten now as she celebrates her ninetieth birthday—but new Blu-rays of key films reveal work that still tantalizes, whatever its shortcomings. 15 The Eclipsed Visions of Bill Gunn: An African-American Auteur’s Elusive Genius, from Ganja & Hessto Personal Problemsby Steve Ryfle The recent re-emergence of two of his long-dormant films, thanks to digital restorations and theatrical rereleases, has renewed interest in a singular body of work. 26 A Double Feature: Sam Fuller’s The Steel Helmet and Stanley Kubrick’s Fear and Desireby Marsha Gordon Two dissimilar filmmakers “met” on the battlefield and found common ground in early career movies, both of which offered provocative views about war. 38

INTERVIEWS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: An Interview with Leon Vitali and Tony Zierra by Rodney F. Hill Filmmaker Tony Zierra and Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man for more than two decades, speak about all things Kubrickian in Filmworker.

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Revitalizing the Teen Movie: An Interview with Desiree Akhavan by Andrew Northrop The director of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Festival, explains how she disrupted the status quo in a familiar genre. 22 Thinking Her Own Thoughts: An Interview with Debra Granik by Maria Garcia The director of Winter’s Boneventures deep into the woods once again and returns with Leave No Trace, a story of survival and sanctuary. 36

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.CINEASTE.COM The Other 1968s by Clarence Tsui. Feminism and Iranian Cinema: An Interview with Narges Abyar by Ana Diamond. Wake Up and Smell the Estrogen: An Interview with Bruce LaBruce by Richard Porton. Film and Video Reviews: Angels Wear White reviewed by Lux Chen; Digging the Spanish Earthreviewed by Thomas Waugh; No Down Paymentreviewed by David Sterritt. Communiqués: International Short Film Festival Oberhausen by Jared Rapfogel; the Seattle International Film Festival by Dennis West; the Thessaloniki International Film Festival by Jonathan Murray. Cover: John David Washington in the title role in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman (photo by LaToya Ruby Frazier)

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FILM REVIEWS BlacKkKlansman Reviewed by Herb Boyd..............................41 The Rachel Divide Reviewed by Mary F. Corey..........................43 Wormwood Reviewed by Declan McGrath.....................45 Lean on Pete Reviewed by J. E. Smyth.............................47 Godard Mon Amour Reviewed by Darragh O’Donoghue............49 Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood Reviewed by Matthew Hays........................52 Bobby Kennedy for President Reviewed by Ian Scott..................................53

HOME VIDEO REVIEWS The Virgin Spring Reviewed by David Neary...........................56 Midnight Cowboy Reviewed by Jonathan Kirshner.................58 Gun Crazy Reviewed by Darragh O’Donoghue...........60 The Awful Truth Reviewed by David Sterritt..........................62 A Fistful of Dollars Reviewed by Christopher Sharrett..............64 Annihilation Reviewed by Rahul Hamid..........................66 Staff Recommendations: Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Films, Irma Vep, Model Shop, The Sacrifice, and Silence and Cry Reviewed by Cineaste Editors.....................68

BOOK REVIEWS Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC, and the Birth of the Blacklist Reviewed by Patrick McGilligan.................69 Nobody’s Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood Reviewed by Imogen Sara Smith...............71 From the Third Eye: The Evergreen Review Film Reader Reviewed by David Sterritt..........................72 Orson Welles in Focus: Texts and Contexts Reviewed by Jonathan Rosenbaum..........74 Jolted Images: Unbound Analytic Reviewed by Kamila Kuc............................75 People Only Die of Love in the Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley Reviewed by Steve Erickson.......................77

DEPARTMENTS Editorial...........................................1 Letters.................................................3 Errata for Cineaste, Summer 2018......60 Contributors.................................78 Cineaste Subscription Ad................79 Short Takes.......................................80

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