From the London Film Festival: slapstick par excellence

dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The full French title of this film, Micmacs à tire-larigot, translates as "non-stop mishmash", which is very appropriate for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's directing style. He is a master of visual comedy, as the grotesque slapstick of his 1991 black comedy Delicatessen proved. It's good to see Jeunet return to this style, after 2001's more popular but less fun Amélie and his ill-advised foray into Hollywood with Alien: Resurrection (1997). MICMACS follows a gang of outcasts who live in a Paris junkyard, as they try to foil not one but two evil weapons manufacturers. It's cartoonish in the best sense, makes great visual use of the ex-industrial outskirts of Paris, and stays just on the right side of sentimental.

Daniel Trilling is the Editor of New Humanist magazine. He was formerly an Assistant Editor at the New Statesman.

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On the pop culture podcast this week, we discuss Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth, the recent BBC adaptations of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Cider with Rosie, and reminisce about teen movie Shakespeare retelling She’s the Man.

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The Links

On Macbeth

Ryan Gilbey’s review of Macbeth.

The trailer for the film.

The details about the 2005 Macbeth from the BBC’s Shakespeare Retold series.


On Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Cider with Rosie

Rachel Cooke’s review of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Sarah Hughes on Cider with Rosie, and the BBC’s attempt to create “heritage television for the Downton Abbey age”.


On She’s the Man (and other teen movie Shakespeare retellings)

The trailer for She’s the Man.

The 27 best moments from the film.

Bim Adewunmi’s great piece remembering 10 Things I Hate About You.


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Anna is reading Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner.


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Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman.

Anna Leszkiewicz is the New Statesman's editorial assistant.