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Contents March 2019



In the groove for love Kelli Weston talks to director Barry Jenkins about his fine adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel of racial injustice If Beale Street Could Talk, in which a young woman tries to clear the name of her partner, who has been falsely accused of rape


5 Editorial Hidden lights

Rushes 6 On Our Radar: The month’s film highlights 8 Rediscovery: Tony Rayns on a season of early Korean cinema 9 Dream Palaces: Neil Young tells tales from the Vienna Gartenbaukino 11 The Numbers: Charles Gant finds out how Free Solo scaled the heights at the box office 11 In Production: Films in the pipeline 12 Interview: Beth Webb talks to Sara Colangelo, director of The Kindergarten Teacher

Wide Angle 14 Preview: Tony Rayns dives into the sensual world of Straub-Huillet 17 Primal Screen: Neil Young examines the unjustly neglected work of John Robertson 18 Artists’ Moving Image: Elena

Gorfinkel on the enigmatic, poetic image-making of Sky Hopinka

95 Letters

Endings 96 Dariush Alavi explores fraught

European relations in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s great Three Colours: White


26 Playing with fire An aspiring writer adrift in a world of meaningless part-time jobs falls under the spell of a young woman and a mysterious, wealthy stranger, in Burning, Lee Changdong’s enigmatic portrait of millennial life in contemporary Korea. By James Bell

32 City of lost children A young runaway at war with his parents has to fend for himself on the mean streets of Beirut, in Nadine Labaki’s heartbreaking drama Capernaum, which offers a searing vision of the living hell endured by millions of children worldwide. By Pamela Hutchinson

36 COVER FEATURE Barbara Stanwyck: Dreams of starting over Bringing humour to the darkest noir and injecting malignancy into the brightest romantic comedy, Barbara Stanwyck brought an emotional complexity to a series of unforgettable performances, often playing women on the make who go to any lengths to get themselves out of a hole. By Molly Haskell

42 Obituaries 2018 Bob Mastrangelo honours the great and the good of the film world who left us last year, with brief overviews of the lives of Penny Marshall, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Mrinal Sen and William Goldman


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