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  • 10 great concert films

    With a new behind-the-scenes documentary of Pulp’s farewell gig raising the curtain on this year’s Sheffield/Doc Fest, we go backstage in the annals of film history to select 10 of the best concert movies.

    Ashley Clark
    Thursday 5 June 2014

    Lists

  • Television without pity: Dennis Potter’s TV criticism

    Not just Britain’s greatest TV writer, Dennis Potter also worked for years as a TV critic, earning the reputation of a hellfire preacher who was as passionate damning the witless as he was singing the praises of some surprising favourites.

    Lisa Kerrigan
    Thursday 5 June 2014

    Features

  • BFI announces sci-fi spectacular at the British Museum

    Outdoor screenings of The Man Who Fell to Earth, Flash Gordon and The Day the Earth Caught Fire will offer the first glimpse of the BFI’s UK-wide autumn blockbuster Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.


    Wednesday 4 June 2014

    Announcements

  • 10 great kung fu films

    Ahead of our celebration of Chinese genre cinema at BFI Southbank, we gave one eager apprentice a task of deep reflection: to whittle down a 10-strong list of killer kung fu movies.

    Matthew Thrift
    Tuesday 3 June 2014

    Lists

  • Video: Angela Lansbury discusses her life and work

    The actor talks about her life and seven-decade career, from her east London origins to Hollywood, Broadway and Murder She Wrote television stardom.


    Tuesday 3 June 2014

    Video

  • Five iconic Chinese actresses

    From the Shanghai golden age to the modern era, Chinese cinema is notable for its succession of great actresses and strong female roles. Here are five of its most brilliant stars.

    John Berra
    Monday 2 June 2014

    Lists

  • Kenji Mizoguchi’s masterpiece Sansho Dayu turns 60 years old

    It’s 60 years since the premiere of the heartbreaking historical tragedy Sansho Dayu, revered by critics as one of the world’s greatest films.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 30 May 2014

    Features

  • A Farewell to Arms: a greater film than Hemingway knew

    Made within two years of the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s classic WWI romance, Frank Borzage’s 1932 film of A Farewell of Arms may have riled the author but it deserves rediscovery as an exhilarating ode to love in wartime. 

    Geoff Andrew
    Friday 30 May 2014

    Features

  • 10 great First World War films

    With the definitive screen version of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms returning to cinemas to mark the centenary of the First World War, eyes front for our list of 10 of the best films set during World War I.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 29 May 2014

    Lists

  • Video: Imelda Staunton on how Dennis Potter changed TV

    At a BFI reception before the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the BAFTA-winning actor discusses Dennis Potter’s influence on television.


    Thursday 29 May 2014

    Video

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