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  • Dirk Bogarde: 10 essential films

    Two handfuls of the finest films featuring one of Britain’s greatest screen actors, from his early classics to his later career as a go-to star for arthouse directors.

    Neil Mitchell
    Friday 27 March 2015

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  • 10 great modern films shot in Academy ratio

    With his quixotic adventure film Jauja, set in 19th-century Patagonia and starring Viggo Mortensen, Lisandro Alonso is the latest filmmaker to ditch the conventional wide-screen format in order to resurrect the squarer ‘Academy’ ratio of earlier times. He’s in good company…

    Leigh Singer
    Thursday 26 March 2015

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  • Akira Kurosawa: 10 essential films

    Born 105 years ago, Akira Kurosawa redefined the action film with his samurai epics set in Japan’s medieval past. Here are 10 of his best films.

    Jasper Sharp
    Monday 23 March 2015

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  • Mel Brooks: five essential films

    As the brilliant actor, comedian, director and producer Mel Brooks is awarded a BFI Fellowship, we pick out the five best places to get to grips with Brooks’s career in film.

    Mike Sutton
    Friday 20 March 2015

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  • 10 great trilogies

    As Roberto Rossellini’s groundbreaking War trilogy makes its UK debut on Blu-ray, we round up 10 more of film history’s very best trilogies.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 19 March 2015

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  • 10 great bisexual films

    Characters who desire both men and women are few and far between on the big screen. But there are some glorious exceptions…

    Alex Davidson
    Thursday 12 March 2015

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  • 10 great actresses who excel in older roles

    It’s not just Katharine Hepburn who lit up the screen in roles as an older actress. Here are 10 more women who achieved rewarded creativity in their 60s and beyond.

    Thirza Wakefield
    Friday 6 March 2015

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  • 10 great feminist films

    Some great feminist films are screening at BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival this March. We remember some of the pioneering films that paved the way…

    Bev Zalcock
    Thursday 5 March 2015

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  • Late Liz: 10 forgotten Elizabeth Taylor films

    Weird and wonderful, but often box-office failures, the films Elizabeth Taylor made towards the end of her career aren’t much seen anymore, but plenty of discoveries lie in wait for the dedicated Taylor fan.

    Simon McCallum
    Friday 27 February 2015

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  • Seven essential films shot by Robbie Ryan

    The atmospheric, Yorkshire-set thriller Catch Me Daddy is the latest film to showcase the evocative images of Irish-born Robbie Ryan, one of the finest cinematographers at work today.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 27 February 2015

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