Few animated films can claim to have the influence that Akira has had. Initially released as a series of graphic novels in Japan, it was one in a long tradition of comics stretching back over a century. These ‘Manga’ comics...



You know you’re in for a wild time when a scalpel-wielding chimp isn’t the maddest part of a film. With Phenomena, Dario Argento also plunges us into a grotesque giallo pool of decomposing, maggot-ridden bodies, telepathic insects and horrifically deformed...


In Tampopo, food is life. It is death, and sex, and everything between. To Western audiences, a film about noodles may seem flippant, and the seriousness with which the gastronomes treat their craft nothing more than comic irony, but the...

Mory (Magaye Niang) and Anta (Mareme Niang) in Touki Bouki (1973)

Touki Bouki

Like his compatriot Ousmane Sembène, Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty found inspiration in the traditions of the French New Wave. Taking his cue from politicos like Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, the young director was encouraged to explore the colonialist...


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