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Eric Idle, from left, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Sue Jones-Davies in Life of Brian (1979). HandMade Films, Python (Monty) Pictures

Life of Brian at 40: an assertion of individual freedom that still resonates

As parody goes, this infamous Monty Python film is a pretty gentle, even, respectful sort. It is now more likely to be criticised for breaching the boundaries of 'political correctness'.
At some point, jazz went from the music of youthful rebellion to that of the cultured elite. Freedom Master/shutterstock

Did academia kill jazz?

Jazz used to be experienced on a dance floor. But over time, it became something to dissect and analyze.
Still from Back to the Future, 1985.

The great movie scenes: Back to the Future

Back to the Future is one of the most loved films from the 1980s, and galvanised audiences across every demographic. In this episode of Close-Up, Bruce Isaacs looks at the politics underpinning the film.
Joe Taslim (centre) plays the main character Ito in Timo Tjahjanto’s latest film, The Night Comes for Us. XYZ Films

The Night Comes for Us: Redefining the action film genre

_The Night Comes for Us_ should be appreciated for reviving the Indonesian action film genre and putting it on the map of global cinema.
Still from 'The Matrix', 1999

The great movie scenes: The Matrix and bullet-time

When it was released in 1999, The Matrix introduced a new type of image: bullet-time. Bruce Isaacs explains why it has become one of the most influential special effects in the history of cinema.

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