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  • 38 pictures that show how British cinemas have changed in the past 100 years

    Travel back through the decades with this gallery of plush picture-houses from the past century.


    Friday 1 August 2014

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  • 10 great Vietnam war films

    With Michael Cimino’s Oscar-winning epic The Deer Hunter back in UK cinemas, we take a tour of duty around 10 of the best Vietnam war movies.

    Paul O’Callaghan
    Thursday 31 July 2014

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  • 10 great American film noirs

    With Orson Welles’s magnificent noir melodrama The Lady from Shanghai back in cinemas, we turn back the clock to the golden age of Hollywood to select the 10 best American film noirs.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 24 July 2014

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  • The 10 best modern directors from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

    Your guide to the greatest filmmakers to emerge in Chinese cinema since the 1980s, from Wong Kar-wai to Hou Hsiao-hsien.

    John Berra
    Monday 21 July 2014

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  • 10 great really long films

    To watch all of the films on this week’s list, you’ll need over 65 hours. Heralding the release of Lav Diaz’s monumental epic Norte, the End of History, here are 10 film giants that stretch to four hours or (way) beyond.

    Samuel Wigley, Pamela Hutchinson, Jasper Sharp, Thirza Wakefield, Michael Brooke, Nick Wrigley, Mike Sutton, Ben Dooley
    Thursday 17 July 2014

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  • 10 great films about Brits abroad

    With summer holiday season upon us and millions of Brits packing their bags for some sunshine overseas, what are some of the best movies about British expats and holidaymakers?

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 10 July 2014

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  • The 10 best Dennis Hopper performances

    As the brilliant yet volatile talents of actor-director Dennis Hopper are remembered with a BFI Southbank season and Royal Academy exhibition, we count down his top 10 greatest performances.

    Paul O’Callaghan
    Wednesday 9 July 2014

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  • 10 great films set in the swinging 60s

    It’s 50 years since the Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night helped put a swing in the step of 60s British cinema, heralding London’s emergence as the epicentre of hip fashion, art and music. Here are 10 of the best swinging London films that followed in its wake.

    Thirza Wakefield
    Thursday 3 July 2014

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  • 36 amazing dance scenes

    As BFI Southbank hosts a two-month celebration of some of the great dance movies, writers from across the BFI pick out a favourite on-screen dancing moment that always gets their toes tapping.


    Tuesday 1 July 2014

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  • 100 years of cycling films released on BFI Player – 10 to try

    Whiz through a 10-film sampler of this landmark collection.


    Tuesday 1 July 2014

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