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  • Shooting the message #3: Casual Films

    Curator Patrick Russell continues his series of field reports on modern ‘communications’ filmmaking with an account of Casual Films, a youthful company with a back-catalogue running to 2,250 titles for everyone from Unilever and Asda to Friends of the Earth.

    Patrick Russell
    Friday 31 August 2012

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  • Ingrid Bergman: a life in pictures

    Ingrid Bergman’s career encompassed work in Sweden, Hollywood, Italy and France before a spell living in London in the 1970s. Curator Nigel Arthur introduces a life in pictures.

    Nigel Arthur
    Wednesday 29 August 2012

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  • F for Fake: all’s well that ends with Welles...

    Geoff Andrew champions Welles’s final, lesser-known masterpiece, the dazzling ‘essay film’ F for Fake.

    Geoff Andrew
    Thursday 23 August 2012

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  • Restoring Hitchcock #2: reconstructing intertitles

    Archivist Kieron Webb explains the surprisingly complex task of restoring intertitles.

    Kieron Webb
    Monday 20 August 2012

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  • Designing covers for BFI Film Classics

    As the groundbreaking BFI Film Classics book series celebrates its 20th anniversary with 12 new collectors’ editions, we take a look at the newly commissioned covers, showcasing some of the best of contemporary British design and craft-making.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 17 August 2012

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  • Fela on film: a cinematic legacy

    With a big-screen biopic of Fela Kuti in the works, Ashley Clark examines the film legacy of the legendary Nigerian musician, including an intriguing documentary about Kuti’s 1986 visit to New York City.

    Ashley Clark
    Thursday 16 August 2012

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  • The trouble with Vermont

    Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville were born one day apart. To mark their anniversary, Nathalie Morris unearths a letter Reville sent from the shoot of The Trouble with Harry.

    Nathalie Morris
    Wednesday 15 August 2012

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  • A Hitch in time: changing Hitchcock favourites

    After first discovering the work of Alfred Hitchcock on television in his teens, Geoff Andrew describes how films like Psycho and The Birds jostled for pole position in his affections before he switched allegiance to a Hitchcock favourite from an earlier era.

    Geoff Andrew
    Tuesday 14 August 2012

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  • Then and now: The Lodger reviewed

    With The Lodger, Alfred Hitchcock’s early classic about a mysterious killer haunting the foggy streets of London, rereleased nationwide in a brand new BFI restoration, we sample this week’s reviews and dig out some of the original critical reactions to compare.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 10 August 2012

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