Issue 57 Table of Contents

By Cinema Scope / December 13, 2013

This is the complete list of articles from magazine issue of Cinema Scope #57. We post selected articles from each issue on the site. For the complete content please subscribe to the magazine, or consider the instant digital download version. INTERVIEWS Architecture of Desire: Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition by Paul Dallas Time and Space: Moments with Lois Patiño by Aaron…

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12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, US/UK)

By Julian Carrington / December 13, 2013

By Julian Carrington Despite frequent disclaimers that Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is “difficult to watch,” the reverence that has greeted the film’s theatrical release speaks to its essentially and calculatedly benign character. There can be few clearer indications of the film’s eminent palatability than its garnering of the audience award at this year’s…

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Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, US)

By Adam Nayman / December 13, 2013

By Adam Nayman For a pair of authentically brand-name filmmakers, Joel and Ethan Coen have a funny thing for pseudonyms and noms de plume. It’s common knowledge that they’ve edited all of their productions (and been nominated for multiple Oscars) under the assumed identity of “Roderick Jaynes,” and the films themselves are filled with examples…

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Redemption (Miguel Gomes, Portugal/France/Germany/Italy)

By Max Nelson / December 13, 2013

By Max Nelson Miguel Gomes is in a tricky position: three features into his filmmaking career, he’s already developed a remarkably consistent and well-rounded personal style, stretched it to the breaking point, and then whittled it back down. Tabu, Gomes’ 2012 breakout, felt like a triumphant fusion of elements from his previous two features, borrowing…

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Mouton (Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone, France)

By Jay Kuehner / December 13, 2013

By Jay Kuehner Some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved, and Mouton (no, this isn’t another film about sheep) from first-time directors Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone, is the latest in a budding field of beautifully irreducible tales—blessed with the imprimatur of Locarno’s Opera Prima award—that refracts its subject through a prismatic approach to narrative.…

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La jalousie (Philippe Garrel, France)

By Blake Williams / December 13, 2013

By Blake Williams At one point in Philippe Garrel’s La jalousie, eight-year-old Charlotte (Olga Milshtein) asks Claudia (Anna Mouglalis), the new girlfriend of her father Louis, whom she thinks her father loves more. Claudia’s answer: “His father.” In one sense, of course, this reply is an evasion of the question Charlotte was actually asking—i.e., “Does…

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Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland/Denmark)

By Jerry White / December 13, 2013

By Jerry White Ida marks Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s first feature film in Polish—the director immigrated to the UK with his parents in the ’70s, and subsequently built his career there—but just what kind of Polish film it is proves a rather tricky question. There are, to be sure, several national-cinema standbys on order: it’s…

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Hard to Be a God (Aleksei German, Russia)

By Olaf Moller / December 13, 2013

By Olaf Möller Now it’s been delivered, the last work of the late Aleksei German. On Wednesday, November 13th, 10:30 a.m., during the Festival internazionale del film di Roma, his 14-years-in-the-making Hard to Be a God (Trudno byt’ bogom)—for some time called History of the Arkanar Massacre (Istorija Arkanarskoj rezni)—got its first public screening. It…

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Exploded View | The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection

By Chuck Stephens / December 13, 2013

By Chuck Stephens Death in a wig: it’s the central (if not always literal) trope of filmmaker extraordinaire Curtis Harrington’s haunted, horrifying, and sometimes hilarious career. From the experimental shorts he made as a youth to the strictly-for-hire studio freefalls he’d take later in life, all of Harrington’s cinema is a (not always intentionally) gleeful…

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Film/Art | In the Realm of the Senses: Mati Diop on Mille soleils

By Andrea Picard / December 13, 2013

By Andréa Picard “This fever is a nightly invader that strikes the patient during deep sleep. He jumps off his bed and runs to the bridge. There, he believes seeing beyond the waves, trees, forests, flowered meadows. His joy erupts in thousand exclamations. He experiences the most burning desire to flow into the ocean.”—Atlantiques “You…

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Global Discoveries on DVD | Yes and/or No

By Jonathan Rosenbaum / December 12, 2013

By Jonathan Rosenbaum It’s customary for this column to focus on items that I know are currently available. But sometimes there are important potential or upcoming releases whose release dates remain uncertain when my column is written, and there are two of them I want to signal for this quarter, both of which I already…

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Deaths of Cinema | The Long View: Stanley Kauffmann, 1916-2013

By Andrew Tracy / December 12, 2013

By Andrew Tracy In a long, lovely piece he wrote in tribute to (the still-living) John Gielgud in 1977, Stanley Kauffmann took issue with Brecht’s admonition in Galileo that “Unhappy is the land that needs a hero.” “Unknown is the land that needs no hero. Unknown is the interior land that needs no hero,” Kauffmann…

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Issue 57 Editor’s Note

By Mark Peranson / December 12, 2013

By Mark Peranson I haven’t had much time or energy to watch many films since late August, having been preoccupied with other fruitless, time-consuming endeavours, fending off vicious personal attacks, and moving around far too much. (Here’s a secret: after more than a decade of gallivanting, film festivals mostly suck.) So a thousand pardons if…

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The Great Depression: Jerry Lewis’ Last Movies

By Christoph Huber / December 12, 2013

By Christoph Huber One of the highlights of the year was the great (35mm!) Jerry Lewis retrospective presented by the Viennale and the Austrian Film Museum, which confirmed him as one of modern cinema’s key auteurs. Still, there remains the great divide. By this I do not mean obvious, yet excruciatingly opaque distinctions (Jerry the…

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An Internal Memo: Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro GRA

By Michael Sicinski / December 12, 2013

By Michael Sicinski To say that Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro GRA was a surprise winner at this year’s Venice Film Festival is something of an understatement. The film became the first documentary ever to win the Golden Lion, and was singled out by jury president Bernardo Bertolucci for its “poetic force,” and its “Franciscan” regard for…

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Flicker Flicker Flicker Blam Pow Pow: Five Films by Jodie Mack

By Phil Coldiron / December 12, 2013

By Phil Coldiron Six year ago, writing in these pages on the films of Michael Robinson, Michael Sicinski raised a crucial question, one for which he offered Robinson’s work as a possible answer, and one which, it seems to me, has only grown in urgency in the frequently disastrous years since: “How can experimental cinema…

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Time and Space: Moments with Lois Patiño

By Aaron Cutler / December 12, 2013

By Aaron Cutler “Upon entering men in landscape and landscape in men the eternal life of Galicia was created,” reads a quote by famed Galician nationalist Alfonso Daniel Rodriguéz Castelão at the start of Lois Patiño’s film Costa da Morte. Made in collaboration with photographer Carla Andrade, the film goes on to explore the relationship…

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Architecture of Desire: Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition

By Paul Dallas / December 12, 2013

By Paul Dallas Le Corbusier’s famous assertion that a house must be “a machine for living” acquires new force in Exhibition, an exquisitely crafted and thrillingly ambiguous chamber drama by the British writer-director Joanna Hogg. Set almost entirely within a well-appointed modernist townhouse in London, Hogg’s film, which explores connections between space and psyche, is…

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