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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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  • Steel on film: the white heat of change

    As our celebration of steelmaking on screen gets underway, Mark Miodownik explains how steel and celluloid share the same awesome power.

    Mark Miodownik
    Tuesday 29 January 2013

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  • Gallery: A Liar’s Autobiography exhibition

    Props and models for the 3D adaptation of Python Graham Chapman’s life story showcase the work of some of the best British animation studios.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 25 January 2013

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  • Genres: where to draw the line?

    Tasked with bringing some order to the BFI’s film database, Jóse de Esteban asks whether it’s still useful to pigeon-hole films with genre terms.

    Jóse de Esteban
    Thursday 24 January 2013

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  • Charles Laughton’s Texas tale

    Curator Josephine Botting reveals how a reel of film found in a Sussex home sheds unexpected light on a time actor Charles Laughton spent in Texas in the 1950s.

    Josephine Botting
    Tuesday 22 January 2013

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  • Remembering Michael Winner

    The late Michael Winner was interviewed on stage at BFI Southbank three times in his final years. Curator Vic Pratt remembers a charming and flamboyant showman.

    Vic Pratt
    Tuesday 22 January 2013

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