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Issue 1: A Letter from the Editor; Lady in the Dark (Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity); Pre-War James Stewart: Dark Passages; Biographical Omissions: The Case of A Beautiful Mind and the Search for Authenticity; The 11th Annual Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Film and Video 5; Elvis Presley's King Creole; Mad Poets: William Blake, Jim Jarmusch and Dead Man; Panic Room; In the Bedroom

Issue 2: A Letter from the Editor; The New Korean Cinema; Discovering the East; Passages of Time: Motifs of Past, Present, Future in Contemporary Korean Films; My Beautiful Girl, Mari and the rebirth of Korean animation; Sorum; Special Feature: The Cinema Poll; Making Life; The Politics of Art: Elia Kazan and the Scandal Over On the Waterfront; The Believer; The Cat's Meow; Audition; Pearl Harbor - Director's Cut; The Shipping News

Issue 3: A letter from the Editor; Contemporary Gay/Lesbian Cinema; The Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: AKA, The Business of Fancydancing, E Minha Cara/That's My Face, Fixing Frank, Food of Love and Lan Yu; Safe Man: Are Todd Haynes' films gay enough?; Being Gay and Godly: Trembling Before G-d; You've Come a Long Way, Baby?: Life outside the celluloid closet poses new conundrums for queers looking for silver-screen mirrors; Psychedelic Papas and the Oedipal Mama: Lonesome Trajectories and Psychic Topographies within the Flesh and Psyche in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho ; The Toronto International Film Festival; The Future of Cinema, Part One: Harmony Korine, The Future of "Film"; Screwy Squirrels: Robert Altman's Kansas City; Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner; Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys; Eisenstein; Full Frontal ; The Good Girl; Road to Perdition; Birthday Girl; Brotherhood of the Wolf; Chelsea Walls; Dahmer; Frailty; Jackie Brown; Monsters, Inc.; Pulp Fiction Special Edition; The Cinema of Ken Loach: Art in the Service of the People

Issue 4: A Letter from the Editor; Fringe Cinema; Unquiet Cinema - An Interview with James Fotopoulos ; Child's Play: The Pixelvision Videos of Sadie Benning; Baise-Moi: Post-Feminist Performance; 2002: Bruised Looks and Hidden Smiles; Ten Best Films of 2002; Poll: The Top Films of 2002; The New Romantic Violence: A Consideration of Punch-Drunk Love; Their Dying Is His Living: The Violent Offerings of Sam Peckinpah; Some Notes on Bewitchment; Interview with Paul Schrader; Jay Russell: Hope in Hollywood; Plus, the Forgotten Femmes of Thomas Wilmer Dewing; It's Beginning, To, and Back Again: The Sense-Deranging Sound + Vision of Gaspar Noe's Irreversible; Hong Sangsoo's Unsexy Sex; Divine Comedienne: Renee Maria Falconetti and La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc; About Schmidt; Adaptation; All or Nothing; Catch Me If You Can; Femme Fatale; Punch-drunk Love (Take One); Punch-drunk Love (Take Two); The Truth About Charlie; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; The Golem - How He Came Into the World; Nosferatu; Undisputed; Waxworks; Film Comedy; Women's Cinema

Issue 5: A letter from the Editor; Fringe Cinema, Part 2; Total Immersion: The Films and Videos of Re:Voir/USA; Ian Kerkhof's Cinema of Silence; An interview With Gus Van Sant; Waiting for Gerry; ivansxtc. and the Future of Digital Filmmaking: An Interview With Bernard Rose; We, the Audience; Driving into the 'Dustless Highway' of Queer Cinema; A Conversation with Bend it Like Beckham's Parminder Nagra; It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Parody, Poetry, and the Periphery: Hal Hartley’s Amateur; Imprisonment in Office: Being Queen in Elizabeth; Revisiting Groundhog Day; The 12th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival; The Deaf Film Festival; Chicago; The Hunted; Identity and Confidence; May; Naqoyqatsi; The Pianist; Ten; Willard; Editor's Home Video Notes: 8 Mile, Eve's Bayou, Full Frontal, Jackass: The Movie, Personal Velocity, Roger Dodger, Scarlet Diva, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and more; Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV; The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

Issue 6: Orson Welles' Young Magician Friend: A Conversation With Jim Steinmeyer; "Qui Est Sylvie Braghier?": Identity and Narrative In Olivier Assayas' Demonlover; Are the U.S.A.'s Independent Films a Distinct National Cinema?; An interview with John Greyson; It's Cold Out There: Thoughts on Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana; "Illusions - they need them like they need the air…": Shadows and Fog Revisited; Responsibility and Devotion: The 5th Annual Far East Film Festival; All The Real Girls, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Divine Intervention, Melvin Goes to Dinner, Northfork, Phone Booth/ Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, La Règle du jeu (The Rules of the Game)

Issue 7: Fringe Cinema Series: The Importance of Paracinema in the Cyberspace Era; Bloody Japan Series: Battle Royale - Challenging global stereotypes within the constructs of a contemporary Japanese slasher film; The New Queer Cinema Series: Queer Pal For The Straight Gal - Wanee & Junah and Queer Friendship; Elements of Classical Mythology in Ang Lee's Hulk; A Conversation with Pieces of April director Peter Hedges; Stop Making Sense - Reevaluating First Document; Ghosts...of the Civil Dead; Revisiting Steven Soderbergh's Solaris; Making the Old New Again: Robert Altman's Pret-a-Porter; Retrospective: John Cassavetes; An Artistic Consideration: Kieslowski's Judgement in Red; Anything Else; Kill Bill, Vol. 1; Le Divorce; A Tale of Two Sisters; Partie de campagne (A Day in the Country) Take One; Partie de campagne (A Day in the Country) Take Two; I Know Where I'm Going

Issue 8: Focus on the Writer: Christopher Mulrooney Takes on Cinema (On Clint Eastwood, On Alfred Hitchcock, On Dan Aykroyd, On Orson Welles, On Roger Vadim, On Robert Aldrich, On Albert Brooks, On William Friedkin, On Peter Howitt, On Jean-Luc Godard, On Henri-Georges Clouzot); The Year in Review: Take One; The Year in Review: Take Two; The Year In Review: Our Second Annual Poll of the Year's Top Films; The New Auterism: Auteurism in the Marketplace Age; Into the Mystic for Cold Irish Stew; Will You Play Prince Hal? - A Conversation With Keith Baxter; An Interview With Eric Byler (director of Charlotte Sometimes); Remaking Point Blank; Fight Club : A Ritual Cure For The Spiritual Ailment Of American Masculinity; Eyes Wide Shut: Kino-Eye Wide Open; Woody's Manhattan at 25; Larry Clark: Trashing the White American Dream; Ain't No Truth But What You Make: Oliver Stone and the Historical Film; Down with Underdistributed Masterpieces!; An Autumn Afternoon; The Bangkok International Film Festival 2004: Cinematic Splendor in the City of Angels; Big Fish; Cold Mountain; The Dreamers; Usher; Le Cercle Rouge; Viaggio in Italia; Bollywood Dreams: An Exploration of the Motion Picture Industry and Its Culture in India

Issue 9: The New Auteurism - "My Favorite Mask is Myself:" Presentation, Illusion and the Performativity of Identity In Wellesian Performance; Making Magic With Orson Welles: A Conversation with Mike Caveney; The Space Between: Reconciliation and Reflection of Subject and Object in Industrial Society and Cinematic Aesthetics (Deux ou Trois Choses que Je Sais d'Elle); Remembering Welles: A Conversation with Norman Lloyd; On Bollywood: An Interview With Abhijat Joshi; Tremble of Truth: Dogme 95, Ideology and the Genealogy of Cinematic Realism; Polemical Posturing versus Feigned Naivety in Documentary; I Crave For Ramen: The Subversion of Product Placement in Yong Yi's Spring Bears Love; Adapting Akutagawa: Kurosawa's Rashômon and the Problem of Narration; Amores Perros : A Tragic Weltanschauung; Nineteen with a Bullet (the 60th Anniversary of Double Indemnity); Adaptation Fever: on Solaris; Anatomy of a Murder: Bazin, Barthes, Blow-Up; Antoine, Complet; 50 Years in the Rearview Mirror; Sex and the Single Gunslinger: Homoeroticism in Leone's Spaghetti Westerns; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Kill Bill: Vol. 2; The Saddest Music in the World; The Company

Issue 10: Genre Cinema; new site design; There's No Magic: A Conversation With George A.Romero; Off with her head: Alice's trip through Wonderland; Stained Lens: Style as Cultural Signifier in Seventies Horror Films; Quality Genre Filmmaking on Horror, Rock, and Teens? - An interview with Rusty Nails; Footy Film's Brilliant Mark: What Australian Rules Football Films Illuminate About Sports films; On Irreversible; The Killing Fields (on Reservoir Dogs); Ted Rusoff: The High Priest of Dubbing; On Wages of Fear and Sorcerer; Before Sunset; A Dirty Shame; Distant Lights; Hero; Hustle; Shaun of the Dead; Spider-Man 2; Deathdream; Le Doulos; America's Most Prolific Novelist is a Hack Drag Queen; Hitchcock Style; The Farrelly Brothers' Body (dys)functions; Michael Mann's "Magic Act"

Issue 11: In-Focus Series: The Films of Robert Mulligan; Introduction - Peter Tonguette; American Directors: Robert Mulligan; Balance and Linkage: Robert Mulligan's The Man in the Moon; American Cinema in the '70s: The Pursuit of Happiness; On To Kill a Mockingbird; Clara's Heart, Robert Mulligan's Voice; Behind the Scenes on Clara's Heart; Innocence Lost: Robert Mulligan's The Man in the Moon; Consciousness and Racial Consience in the Work of Robert Mulligan; Summer of '42, or What the Boy Scouts Want You to Believe; Genre-Bender: An Interview With Andrew Repasky McElhinney; Bob Rafelson and His Odd American Places; Steamboy; The Incredibles; Palindromes; La Règle du Jeu; BFI Modern Classics: The Matrix ; BFI Modern Classics: The Thin Red Line; Intellectualism cut off at the neck: The Body Politic-as-Aesthetic in Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will ; Forms of Resistance: A Lacanian Report On the Health of the Antiwar Film; Hollywood Hermeneutics: A Religion-and-Film Genre for the 21st Century; Be Cool; Hitch

Issue 12: Letter from the Editors: A Sharper Focus; A Survey of Directors: Scanning the past and looking to the future; Centerpiece Article: We Shot D-Day on Omaha Beach; The Delicate Touch of Surrealism in The Saragossa Manuscript; The Master of Suspense and the Acrobat of the Drawing Room: How the Relationship of Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock Shaped Their Collaborations in Suspicion , Notorious, To Catch a Thief and North by Northwest ; An investigation into the strategies of detachment employed in Robert Hamer’s Kind Hearts and Coronets; Hypnosis, Identification, and Crime in Lars von Trier’s European Trilogy; Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as Virtual Reality: The Orientalist and Colonial Legacies of Gunga Din; Language Aesthetics in three films by Joel and Ethan Coen; Dickens, Griffith and Gangs of New York: The Belatedness of a Modern Epic; Another Grand Illusion: Jean Renoir’s First Year in America; John Frankenheimer’s The Train; Slow-dancing with Memory: Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046; Strangers When We Meet; Kenneth Anger; For Ever Godard ; Sin City: expressive homage

Issue 13: Editor's Note: A brief leave of absence; Director Retrospective: Richard Fleischer; Follow Him Quietly: Richard Fleischer and the Consideration of Metteurs-en-scène; The Pan in Richard Fleischer’s Early Crime Thrillers; The Eye We Cannot Shut: Richard Fleischer's Mandingo; On Barabbas; A journey through These Thousand Hills; Richard Fleischer: A Career in Crime, Sex and Violence; My Three Ps: Passion, Patience, Perserverance; Baudrillard in The Matrix: the Hyperreal, Hollywood, and a Case for Misused References; Woman as the Object of Desire: Notes Toward a Reading of Baran; Examining the Role of Disability in Herzog’s Even Dwarves Started Small; The Paradoxical Position of Film: Morality in Four Classics; "I Didn't Mean to Frighten You": The Disney Gothic; Edifying Horror: Brief Notes on Land of the Dead; Ideology and the Modern Historical Epic: How the political concerns in the genre have changed since 11th September 2001; In Amity One Man can make a Difference: Steven Spielberg’s Jaws; Reading/Watching Fassbinder; Faithfulness: A “Vision” of Stanley Kubrick’s Last Three Films; Poet of Blood: An Interview With Nick Palumbo; At Five in the Afternoon; 49 Years from Wolfenden: A review of Brokeback Mountain; Vital