This issue brings together writers from around the globe and features current topics serious to the hearts and minds of cinema lovers both locally and around the globe.

We cover the recent controversy of the banning of Romance in Australia from various perspectives. Including: a definitive interpretation of the film and its banning by Adrian Martin, an interview with the distributor, an overview of the way the classifying body works by Tina Kaufman, a unique consideration of a similar “limit case”, Salò, and MC Zenner’s final word on the issue.

We are excited to feature a series of essays, initiated by New York critic Steve Erickson, that reflect on the current state of cinephilia and the possibilities that the Internet and the video revolution offer in sustaining and re-defining the appreciation and love of cinema in all its forms.

But there’s more!! We are proud to feature a piece by esteemed American critic Jonathan Rosenbaum on Ozu, and an illuminating discussion of Ruiz by Adrian Martin.

There’s also a section on Australian cinema; an impression of the millennial release, French film Jonas et Lila; the connection between Chris Marker’s La Jetée and Plato’s theories; and annotations on classic films Zabriskie Point, Battleship Potemkin and Solaris showing at the Melbourne Cinémathèque this month.

We hope you enjoy the issue.

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