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  • 10 great films with little or no dialogue

    Winner of the best film award at last year’s BFI London Film Festival, the unique and uncompromising The Tribe joins a small but special body of films that involve hardly any dialogue, relying on the purely visual nature of cinema.

    Leigh Singer
    Thursday 30 April 2015

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  • 8½ films inspired by 8½

    Inspired by a case of creative block, Federico Fellini’s classic film about filmmaking has in turn inspired many homages and imitations. These are eight (and a half) of the best.

    Samuel Wigley
    Wednesday 29 April 2015

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  • 10 essential Polish film directors

    Your guide to the very best filmmakers to come from Poland, many of whose films can be seen during BFI Southbank’s current Masterpieces of Polish Cinema season.

    Michael Brooke
    Monday 27 April 2015

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  • 10 great Italian films of the 1960s

    As many a film director’s favourite film, Fellini’s grand opus 8½, returns to cinemas, we round up 10 more masterpieces from what was a golden age for Italian cinema: the 1960s.

    Pasquale Iannone
    Thursday 23 April 2015

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  • Anthony Quinn centenary: 10 essential films

    Born 100 years ago in Chihuahua, Mexico, Anthony Quinn won two Oscars, played many different nationalities and appeared in countless memorable films, from Lawrence of Arabia to Zorba the Greek. These 10 are him at his best.

    Mike Sutton
    Tuesday 21 April 2015

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  • 10 great New York noirs

    With the classic thriller Cry of the City, filmed on the streets of Little Italy, back in cinemas, we take a walk on the wild side with 10 of the best film noirs set in New York.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 16 April 2015

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  • 10 great modern British documentaries directed by women

    Louise Osmond is one of a number of distinctive female documentary-makers to have emerged in recent British cinema. As her latest film, the racing underdog story Dark Horse, goes on release, we look at some of their finest achievements.

    Ros Cranston, Catherine McGahan
    Thursday 9 April 2015

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  • 10 great Polish films

    It would be foolish to try to encapsulate the films of Poland in just 10 titles, but for those looking for points of entry into one of modern cinema’s most vital filmmaking nations, here are some of the very best.

    Michael Brooke
    Thursday 2 April 2015

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  • 15 unforgettable rain scenes

    It never rains but it pours at the movies, and never more so than in the rain-lashed future visions of Ridley Scott in the cult sci-fi classic Blade Runner. To celebrate its nationwide rerelease, we get out the umbrellas to count down 15 memorable movie moments when the clouds open.

    Mike Sutton
    Thursday 2 April 2015

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