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Running and plotting: Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’

The international release of Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin was attended by two fitting ironies. The first was that Vladimir Putin’s Russia—after this month’s election result, it remains undoubtedly his—banned it outright on the grounds of its “extremism”. (Yelena

Understanding Vivian Maier

The strange tale of Vivian Maier has been well rehearsed by now. It has been the subject of countless articles, innumerable gallery programs, two documentaries and at least one court case. For those who haven’t heard it before, it goes

Happy 100th birthday to a film legend

Back in my film student days, I set myself an immodest goal: I would write and direct my first feature film by the age of twenty-six. The number wasn’t chosen at random: Orson Welles was twenty-six when he made Citizen

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The Melbourne International Film Festival (@MIFFofficial) released its full program this morning, and an embarrassment of riches it is, too. But the festival’s most exciting piece of programming was in fact announced some time ago: Out 1: Noli me tangere,

Twenty years after ‘Pulp Fiction’, Tarantino still hasn’t realised his full potential

The recent anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes twenty years ago last month, was met with a plethora of articles extolling the film and its legacy. This is hardly surprising. Tarantino’s sophomore effort

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When The Sopranos ended its six-season run in June 2007, the controversial final sequence—no spoilers here, dear reader—became the stuff of water cooler conversations everywhere. By the time Breaking Bad came to its own conclusion last September, the very nature

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The opening shots are like something out of a Western. A seemingly endless sky. A row of lopsided power lines. Saltbush. On the soundtrack, the wind whistles across the plain, while a sombre, sonorous voiceover intones: “My father once told

Blood rituals

There are better places to see bullfights than Pamplona. In fact, during the city’s annual fiesta, Pamplona is one of the worst places in Spain to see corridas de toros: the crowds up here in the Basque country demand the