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  • Fellini’s 8½ turns 50

    We wish a happy 50th birthday to Fellini’s classic film about a director experiencing creative block, which premiered in Italy half a century ago.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 14 February 2013

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  • Steel and the early films of Penny Woolcock #1

    Curator Rebecca Vick introduces Penny Woolcock’s hard-hitting early newsreel about the effects of unemployment on a community.

    Rebecca Vick
    Wednesday 13 February 2013

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  • Montgomery Clift: a life in portaits

    Iconic studio portrait shots of one of Hollywood’s most striking, but troubled leading men.

    Nigel Arthur
    Wednesday 13 February 2013

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  • Steel and the early films of Penny Woolcock #2

    Curator Catherine McGahan explains how the steel industry documentary When the Dog Bites found filmmaker Penny Woolcock moving in a new, more experimental direction.

    Catherine McGahan
    Wednesday 13 February 2013

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  • Blazing modern India across the screen

    Why a weekend of documentaries by Anand Patwardhan is an unmissable opportunity to catch up with a passionate chronicler of modern India.

    Mark Cousins
    Tuesday 12 February 2013

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  • Re:found footage

    With new films finding fresh, imaginative uses for archive film, curator Patrick Russell ponders the power of found footage as a means of time travel into the past.

    Patrick Russell
    Tuesday 5 February 2013

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  • How Steel got its gleam back

    The 1945 documentary Steel features dazzling photography by Jack Cardiff. But restoring the lustre to a nearly 70-year-old film was no easy process.

    Ben Thompson
    Monday 4 February 2013

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  • This Working Life: Steel – an introduction

    Visual memories of a vanished way of life, our major new archive project This Working Life: Steel celebrates a rich seam of Britain’s industrial heritage.

    Ros Cranston
    Friday 1 February 2013

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  • Hollywood’s beautiful people: A Place in the Sun

    Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun: is this one of Hollywood’s most ravishing pairings?

    Geoff Andrew
    Wednesday 30 January 2013

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  • Denys Hodson (1928-2013)

    The late Denys Hodson, former BFI governor and deputy chair, was a tireless champion of the arts at both regional and national level.

    Samuel Wigley
    Tuesday 29 January 2013

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