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  • The day Bob Hoskins visited the BFI

    Somebody had compared Bob Hoskins to the great French actor Jean Gabin; Hoskins wanted to know what they were ‘on about’. Curator Nigel Algar shares an anecdote about welcoming the Mona Lisa star to the BFI to explain all.

    Nigel Algar
    Thursday 1 May 2014

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  • Stunning cover design for new book on anime classic Akira

    We reveal the winning entry in a competition to design cover art for a BFI Film Classic on the anime masterpiece Akira, one of nine special editions being published to coincide with our upcoming Science Fiction blockbuster season.

    Lucinda Knight
    Thursday 1 May 2014

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  • Paths of Glory: Stanley Kubrick’s first film of ‘genius’

    With Paths of Glory, a powerful account of injustice and corruption set in the trenches of the First World War, Stanley Kubrick stepped up his game to announce himself as a filmmaker of rare ambition and talent.

    Geoff Andrew
    Thursday 1 May 2014

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  • Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures

    Visual highlights from the films and television of the late, great, British actor Bob Hoskins, star of The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.


    Wednesday 30 April 2014

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  • The film that inspired Studio Ghibli

    In an exclusive extract, Studio Ghibli master Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) tells us about the film that opened his eyes to the possibilities of animation: pioneering French classic The King and the Mockingbird.

    Isao Takahata
    Wednesday 30 April 2014

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  • Bob Hoskins dies, aged 71

    The British star of The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit has died at the age of 71.

    Samuel Wigley
    Wednesday 30 April 2014

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  • Behind the scenes: Rebel without a Cause

    Nine rare shots of James Dean behind the wheel, lounging on set and wielding a knife during production of the all-time great teen film, Rebel without a Cause.


    Friday 25 April 2014

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  • Mitchell & Kenyon: the accidental anthropologists

    Travel back in time with our incredible Edwardian footage and uncover the origin of the two-fingered salute.

    Mark Duguid
    Friday 25 April 2014

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  • On this day in 1944: Double Indemnity premiered

    On 24 April 1944, one of the all-time great film noirs had its first public screening: Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 24 April 2014

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  • Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank gets UK premiere at Sundance London

    The relationship between music and cinema is spotlighted in the programme of this year’s Sundance London, including the UK unveiling of Lenny Abrahamson’s new film starring Michael Fassbender as cult musician Frank Sidebottom.


    Thursday 24 April 2014

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