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Contents November 2019



Behind a painted smile As his sociopathic antihero in Todd Phillips’s Joker confirms, right now Joaquin Phoenix is the most compelling actor in American film – a star, whether or not that’s what he wants. By Ryan Gilbey


20 COVER FEATURE Three and a half hours with Scorsese While the gangland thriller The Irishman is in some ways a return to familiar territory, at 76 Martin Scorsese is – as he makes clear in this wide-ranging interview with Philip Horne – as inspired as ever, still hunting for fresh ideas, fresh methods and fresh ways of telling stories

36 Law of the jungle Alejandro Landes’s surreal, unsettling war story Monos follows a squad of adolescent guerrillas fighting for an unknown cause in an unnamed country. By Isabel Stevens PLUS an interview with the film’s composer, Mica Levi

42 Deep Focus: Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism Maurice Pialat’s raw, unsentimental cinema, often driven by on-set conflict, had an even deeper influence on French directors and actors than did the nouvelle vague. By David Thompson PLUS Ginette Vincendeau looks at the generation that followed, and Olivier Assayas tells James Bell what French cinema owes to Pialat


5 Editorial A personal journey

Rushes 6 On Our Radar: We tune in to a fine season of musicals and select this month’s film highlights 8 Dream Palaces: Richard Stanley, the cult director of Hardware, recalls taking refuge in London’s Scala cinema 8 Rising Star: Meet Rose Glass 9 Classical Hollywood: Pamela

Hutchinson celebrates Judy and the return of ageing divas to our screens 10 The Pictures: unseen archive images of Sharon Tate 11 The Numbers: Charles Gant finds audiences being hooked on Bait

Festivals 12 Nick James heralds a series of great performances at Venice 14 Tom Charity reports on Toronto’s efforts to tackle gender imbalances

Wide Angle 16 Profile: Sophia Satchell Baeza pays tribute to Shirley Clarke, avant-garde chronicler of lives at the margins 18 Primal Screen: Bryony Dixon rejoices at the rediscovery of a film by 1920s star Betty Balfour 19 Artists’ Moving Image: Matthew

Harle considers video archives as anthropology and activism

95 Letters

Endings 96 John Bleasdale on Alan Parker’s hellish noir Angel Heart


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