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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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  • Shooting the message #1: New Moon Television

    With the Olympics now underway, Patrick Russell begins a new series about modern corporate filmmaking with a report on New Moon Television, the production agency responsible for the ‘bid film’ that helped to bring the games to London.

    Patrick Russell
    Tuesday 31 July 2012

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  • Then and now: Red Desert reviewed

    As Michelangelo Antonioni’s unsettling vision of life in a forbidding industrial landscape is rereleased, we round up today’s reviews and compare them with what critics said in 1964.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 27 July 2012

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  • BFI Statistical Yearbook reports a stand-out year for UK film in 2011

    British film thrived during 2011 according to new figures published today by the BFI. Compiled by the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit, the Statistical Yearbook presents the most comprehensive picture of film in the UK and the performance of British films abroad during 2011.

    BFI Press
    Thursday 26 July 2012

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  • Five forgotten filmmakers

    Consider five ‘forgotten men’ sharing their centenary. All born in 1912, their careers attest to short-form documentary as the bedrock of mid-century British cinema.

    Patrick Russell
    Tuesday 24 July 2012

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  • Delving into the Ken Loach archive

    Cataloguing work has begun on the archives of film director Ken Loach. The collection, which spans Loach’s entire career, was given to the BFI in September 2011, coinciding with our retrospective of Loach’s films in celebration of his 75th birthday.

    Wendy Russell
    Wednesday 18 July 2012

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  • Cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky turns 100

    As BAFTA and the BFI present an evening paying tribute to cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, who celebrates his centenary next month, the BFI’s Senior Non-fiction Curator Patrick Russell gives a short guide to some of the archive films to be screened.

    Patrick Russell
    Tuesday 17 July 2012

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  • Falling for Nostalgia for the Light

    Geoff Andrew describes how he fell in love with a new documentary tracing director Patricio Guzmán’s boyhood passion for astronomy to a meditation on the universe and Chile’s dark history.

    Geoff Andrew
    Thursday 12 July 2012

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  • The book that inspired Chariots of Fire

    Convalescing in a rented house in the late 1970s, film producer David Puttnam chanced upon a history book of the Olympic Games that would give him the inspiration for the Oscar-winning 1981 classic Chariots of Fire. 

    Nathalie Morris
    Wednesday 11 July 2012

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  • Remembering Stephen Dwoskin

    Tributes to the late Stephen Dwoskin (1939-2012), a boundary-pushing experimental film artist and co-founder of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op.

    William Fowler
    Monday 9 July 2012

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