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The Cinema Show

Monocle 24’s carefully curated selection of the best in cinema. Hear from film-makers, critics and legends of the craft as we shine a spotlight on everything from revivals and the restoration of vintage cuts to European film and the role of the auteur. ‘The Cinema Show’ is brought to you in association with MUBI.

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‘Tom of Finland’:

Tom of Finland is one of the world’s most prolific erotic artists. We speak to film-maker Dome Karukoski about his new film recalling the difficult private life of the man behind the moniker, Touko Laaksonen. Plus: Un Certain Regard winner Juho Kuosmanen on his new film ‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki’ and why Hollywood is heading to Europe for blockbuster musical scores.

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7221 Apr 2017
30 min

‘Tom of Finland’: 

Tom of Finland is one of the world’s most prolific erotic artists. We speak to film-maker Dome Karukoski about his new film recalling the difficult private life of the man behind the moniker, Touko Laaksonen. Plus: Un Certain Regard winner Juho Kuosmanen on his new film ‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki’ and why Hollywood is heading to Europe for blockbuster musical scores.

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7114 Apr 2017
30 min

How to build a cinema: 

Why do so many grand old theatres fall into disrepair? ‘ArchDaily’ editor James Taylor-Foster and architects Jason Flanagan and Takero Shimazaki share the secrets to gently updating a picture palace for the modern age.

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707 Apr 2017
30 min

‘I Am Not Your Negro’: 

Director Raoul Peck draws upon the original text of James Baldwin to create the sensational Oscar-nominated documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’. In this special extended interview, Ben Rylan discusses the film with Peck while examining Baldwin’s extraordinary words.

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6931 Mar 2017
30 min

Are we out of ideas?: 

After a string of failed reboots and remakes Paramount Pictures has a new CEO. But while March’s box-office returns hit a billion-dollar all-time record, some studio bosses are questioning whether audience appetites for franchise films are fading. We assess the evidence. Plus: a lesson in film criticism from David Stratton and a tribute to no one’s favourite superhero, Condorman.

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6824 Mar 2017
30 min

Cinema on tour: 

A special screening at the Barbican in London aims to present the great French film-maker Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unfinished film ‘The Inferno’ as it might have been; we speak to its director, Serge Bromberg. Plus: Vienna’s unluckiest address and how Brazil’s ‘Aquarius’ director Kleber Mendonça Filho became a reluctant but popular political symbol.

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22 Mar 2017
15 min

BONUS – Kelly Reichardt and ‘Certain Women’: 

Kelly Reichardt’s new film ‘Certain Women’ stars Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern in the story of three women forging their own paths in small-town America. The director discusses her life and career with Ben Rylan.

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6717 Mar 2017
30 min

Olivier Assayas and ‘Personal Shopper’: 

Olivier Assayas, last year’s winner of the Best Director award at Cannes, discusses his spooky new genre-defying film ‘Personal Shopper’ and Kristen Stewart’s high-fashion wardrobe. Plus: a look back at one of Assayas’ favourite ghost stories, 1961’s ‘The Innocents’.

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16 Mar 2017
20 min

BONUS – Q&A with Lav Diaz: 

Since Rodrigo Duterte came to power in the Philippines many people have voiced alarm at the impact of his leadership, including some from the nation’s arts scene. Recorded at the Regent Street Cinema in London we present a special Q&A with Filipino “slow cinema” filmmaker Lav Diaz.

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6610 Mar 2017
30 min

“Elle” and “The Love Witch”: 

Isabelle Huppert’s Oscar-nominated performance in “Elle” is stunning but what can we make of the sexual politics at play? We ask film critic Tara Judah. Plus: bizarre Freudian psychosexual drama ‘The Love Witch’ and an analysis of the films of Paul Verhoeven.

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9 Mar 2017
4 min

BONUS – Trespass Against Us: 

Michael Fassbender’s new film takes us inside the family dynamic in a true-crime story. In this bonus edition of ‘The Cinema Show’ director Adam Smith explains his approach to the story.

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653 Mar 2017
30 min

Before and after ‘Moonlight’: 

Has the success of ‘Moonlight’ altered the way that we see sex on screen? We ask two curators of London’s BFI Flare. Plus: the censoring of Mae West, a visit to Vienna’s Film Museum and the secrets of programming a film festival.

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6424 Feb 2017
30 min

‘Moonlight’ and Xavier Dolan: 

We look at the sensational ‘Moonlight’ and its creators Barry Jenkins and Tarrell Alvin McCraney. Plus: Xavier Dolan discusses his latest film ‘It’s Only the End of the World’ and we examine the colourful dreams of Italian horror auteur, Dario Argento.

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23 Feb 2017
7 min

BONUS – Patriot's Day: 

Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese found himself face to face with one of the Boston Marathon bombers during a police operation following the attack. He recalls his story as depicted in the new film ‘Patriot's Day’, in which he’s played by actor JK Simmons.

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6317 Feb 2017
30 min

Berlin Film Festival: 

We’re in Berlin for one of Europe’s most celebrated film festivals. Kitty Green discusses her new documentary ‘Casting JonBenet’, which cleverly sets itself apart from the flurry of tabloid archival retreads of the US child-murder case. Plus: new films from Bruce LaBruce, Cate Shortland and Stanley Tucci.

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6210 Feb 2017
30 min

Mike Mills and ‘20th Century Women’: 

Mike Mills explains how he spun recollections from his childhood into his new film, ‘20th Century Women’, starring Annette Bening. Plus: ‘Thumbsucker’ author Walter Kirn and we write a letter of appreciation to Ferris Bueller’s sidelined sister.

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