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Le Boucher - Love and Sex in Claude Chabrol's Hitchcockian Thriller
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Le Boucher - Love and Sex in Claude Chabrol's Hitchcockian Thriller

Sex and death have been frequent bed-fellows in the movies from earliest days of cinema. The love the Phantom felt for Christine and the jealousy that controlled him (The Phantom of the Opera, 1925); the lust of Scottie and the lengths he would go to recreate his lover in Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958); and, of course, the sexual tension between Detective Nick Curran and Catherine Tramell in Paul Verhoeven’s Basic Instinct (1992). In many ways it is perhaps one of the most common themes in the Horror and Thriller genres throughout the history of the movies so it was inevitable it would be the subject for one of the Nouvelle Vague.

Sight & Sound Magazine Top 20 Films of the Year - 2016

Sight & Sound Magazine Top 20 Films of the Year - 2016

It's that time of year again when critics list their favourite films. Today it was Sight & Sound's turn and it's an interesting list. — I admit I have not seen any of them yet, most of them don't get released where I live, but there are a few that I have heard very good things about, especially Moonlight, I, Daniel Blake, Manchester By Sea and American Honey. At number 16 is an early favourite for this year's Oscars: La La Land.

A Band Apart: Jean Luc Goddard plays with Noir
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A Band Apart: Jean Luc Goddard plays with Noir

One of the most renowned directors in the world today is arguably Quentin Tarantino. I don’t need to list his films because he is so iconic at the moment and is one of the few film-makers that non-cinephiles know anything about. We all know he loves movies, that he has a passion for films of all genres and styles and he has a filmic knowledge that few of us can match.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: How the desert became a garden
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: How the desert became a garden

There are, very broadly, two types of Western which, for reasons that will become obvious, can be labelled as a Cactus Rose and a Real Rose. The first are those films that are set before the taming of the West, films like Red River, How the West Was Won and The Searchers. These films are often set in the wide open landscapes of Texas, Arizona or New Mexico, and feature rugged men sleeping beneath the stars, battling Indians and outlaws, with the goal of finding somewhere to settle down and grow old.

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