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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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  • Restoring Hitchcock #1: how a film restoration begins

    With the Genius of Hitchcock season unveiling the results of our Rescue the Hitchcock 9 project to restore the director’s surviving silent features, curator Bryony Dixon explains how a restoration begins.

    Bryony Dixon
    Thursday 9 August 2012

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  • On set with Alfred Hitchcock

    Nathalie Morris introduces a selection of behind-the-scenes images of Alfred Hitchcock at work.

    Nathalie Morris
    Wednesday 8 August 2012

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  • Shooting the message #2: The Edge Picture Company

    In the second of our series mapping the uncharted terrain of contemporary corporate filmmaking, curator Patrick Russell introduces the work of The Edge Picture Company, whose work re-energised the lacklustre world of the boardroom video with visual panache and impressive budgets.

    Patrick Russell
    Tuesday 7 August 2012

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  • The unveiling of the Greatest Films of All Time

    Sight & Sound magazine has announced the long-awaited results of its once-a-decade poll of critics to determine the Greatest Films of All Time. In a room packed with writers, film programmers and curators, many of whom were voters in the poll, editor Nick James began a countdown through the top ten to reveal that Vertigo (1958) had ousted Citizen Kane (1941) from its half-century reign at number one.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 2 August 2012

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  • Voting for the Sight & Sound poll... in 1962

    We dig out some of the responses sent in 50 years ago for the Sight & Sound poll in 1962 that first enshrined Citizen Kane as the Greatest Film of All Time.

    Samuel Wigley
    Wednesday 1 August 2012

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