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Jayalalithaa Jayaram, who passed away in December 2016, was a film actress and populist chief minister of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state. Babu/Reuters

From South India to Trump’s election: the happy marriage of stardom and politics

Performance politics has made Donald Trump the new president of the United States. But this is far from new to south India, where the mixing of cinema and politics has a long history.
By engaging a broad base of people on a popular level, film has a much more immediate and visceral impact than formal lustration proceedings. Before the Rain (1994)

Cinema opens a dialogue about coming to terms with Balkans’ past

Cinema can be instrumental in opening up dialogue on collective culpability for the past. Manchevski’s Before the Rain and Angelopoulos’ Ulysses’ Gaze are perfect examples of this.
In virtual reality cinema, the audience chooses what to look at and when. What does this mean for traditional narrative storytelling? Virtual reality cinema in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sander Koning/ANP

VR cinema is here – and audiences are in the drivers’ seat

VR cinema explodes the frame, placing the spectator inside the space of the film. Audiences effectively edit it themselves, by choosing what to look at and when.
Melissa McCarthy in The Boss: ‘yet another bad choice on her part’. Gary Sanchez Productions

2016: the Year of the Mediocre Film

In a year characterised by some good films but few great ones, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle stood out as the best.
Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando in a scene from Last Tango in Paris. Les Productions Artistes Associés

Why we should no longer consider Last Tango in Paris ‘a classic’

Revelations of sexual abuse in the making of Last Tango in Paris give the film 'the air of a snuff piece'. Film scholars must reassess the work – there is no place for revering artistic achievement over human suffering.
Brad Loree in Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Dimension Films/idmb

Halloween films: the good, the bad and the truly scary

Spooky ghosts, rampaging rock gods, an escaped killer dressed as a clown: Halloween has inspired an array of creepy cinematic classics. Here's our list of those to watch - and avoid.
Harvey Keitel as J.R. in Martin Scorsese’s first film Who’s That Knocking at My Door? Still from Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)

VIDEO: The five greatest Scorsese scenes – episode #1

Film scholar Bruce Isaacs dissects five classic Scorsese scenes, beginning with the celebrated director's first film, Who's That Knocking At My Door?
Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver in 1976. Sikelia Productions, New York

Friday essay: It Felt Like a Kiss – movies, popular music and Martin Scorsese

From 'Mean Streets' to 'Vinyl', from The Ronettes to The Clash, music has long been a muse to film director Martin Scorsese. He plays it on set, conceives sequences with certain songs in mind and uses it to chart his characters' changing fortunes.

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