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The Monster Is Afraid: The Elephant Man, David Lynch By Serge Daney

Letter: On Malaysian Cinema By Pierre Rissient


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Vulgar Moralism: Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book By Robert Koehler

The Dark Horse: Robinson Devor on Zoo By Rob Nelson

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A Relay Race of the Week: Bong Joon-ho’s The Host By Adam Nayman

Bullet Boy: Jason Kohn and Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) By Tom Charity


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Killing Time: The Economical Diversity of Johnnie To By Christoph Huber

Inside/Out: A Modest Proposal Concerning William A. Wellman
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Jacques Rivette and the Other Place: Track One By B. Kite

Phil Solomon Visits San Andreas and Escapes, Not Unscathed: Notes on Two Recent Works By Michael Sicinski


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Sundance/ Berlin By Mark Peranson

Sundance: Grace Is Gone, The Savages By Scott Foundas

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Rotterdam By Jason Sanders


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Editor’s Note

Global Discoveries on DVD By Jonathan Rosenbaum

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Film/Art: Expanding Film Festivals By Andréa Picard

DVD Bonus: Idiocracy By Jessica Winter

Books Around By Olaf Möller

Canadiana: The Year in Canadian Film By Steve Gravestock


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The Lives of Others By Richard Porton

Belle toujours By Jay Kuehner

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Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima By Quintin

Zodiac By Jason Anderson


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  • New Possible Realities: Heinz Emigholz on The Last City

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  • Long Live the New Flesh: The Decade in Canadian Cinema

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