Malcolm X (1992) Reassessed

First published on The Quietus (November 21st 2012) //

Declan Tan turns the cinematic clock back two decades for another look at Spike Lee’s epic portrait of an African-American icon

On its release in November 1992, the long-awaited biopic of Malcolm X topped out at number three in the US box office, right behind the sequel of a certain stranded little rich kid (this time in New York) and the peculiar misadventures of a vampire. It seems things in the film world haven’t advanced that much in those past twenty years – instead, studios seem merely to have consolidated these two concepts and produced, well, Twilight, as is my understanding.

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Scenes from a Marriage (1973)

First published on Little White Lies (3rd February 2012) //

Originally conceived of as a mini-series in his native Sweden, Ingmar Bergman’s film (or more accurately the shovel with which he digs a grave for marriage) originally aired to universal acclaim in 1973. The theatrical version, and the one you’d probably find on DVD, is a cut that shaved off some 130 minutes, yet left intact all of its spiky trauma.

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