INTERVIEWS

*Teller of Tales: Mariano Llinás on La Flor by Jordan Cronk

*Everything Transitory Is But an Image: Andrea Bussmann on Fausto by Josh Cabrita and Adam Cook

A Banished Life: Ying Liang on A Family Tour by Clarence Tsui.

*Mass Ornaments: Jodie Mack on The Grand Bizarre by Blake Williams

FEATURES

*Tous les garçons et les filles: Philippe Lesage’s Genèse and Les demons by Adam Nayman

*Touch Me I’m Sick: Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell by Jason Anderson

*First Person Plural: On Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind by Phil Coldiron

Hidden Lives and Quiet Passion: Alias John M. Stahl by Christoph Huber

No Emperor, Only an Empress: The Self-Made Myth of Marlene Dietrich by Alicia Fletcher

The Business of Horror: John Carpenter, Stephen King, and In the Mouth of Madness by Sean Rogers

Beyond Good and Evil: Damon Packard’s Los Angeles by Michael Sicinski

On No Thing: Jean-Luc Godard’s Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma by Lawrence Garcia

COLUMNS

*Editor’s Note by Mark Peranson

*Deaths of Cinema: Hu Bo by Celluloid Liberation Front

Film/Art: Jeremy Shaw’s Quantification Trilogy by Jesse Cumming

*Global Discoveries on DVD by Jonathan Rosenbaum

DVD Bonus: G.W. Pabst’s Westfront 1918 and Kameradschaft by Peter Mersereau

*Exploded View: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty by Chuck Stephens

CURRENCY

*Transit by James Lattimer

Sorry to Bother You by Madeleine Wall

Blaze by Robert Koehler

*The Load by Azadeh Jafari

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