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The year in film

This year saw 3D stutter, with many of 2011’s best films returning to the early principles of cinema

By Francine Stock   December 2011

The best films of 2011 ranged from high profile Hollywood offerings like Black Swan to the Greek indie comedy Attenberg

The film year began with fevered journeys into altered states of consciousness. A young man hallucinated while pinned between boulders in the Utah desert, hacking off his own arm for survival in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, while a deluded ballerina in Darren Aronofsky’s histrionic Black Swan shattered into shards.

But one theme that lasted throughout the year was the studios’ search for greater impact. After the global success of Avatar in 2010, they invested heavily in 3D but returns have…

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