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  • The 10 best Peter Lorre performances

    From his astonishing debut as the child-killer in Fritz Lang’s M, Peter Lorre went on to become one of Hollywood’s best-recognised character actors. As a BFI Southbank season pays tribute, here’s a run down of his 10 greatest appearances.

    Matthew Thrift
    Tuesday 2 September 2014

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  • 10 great gay films from East and Southeast Asia

    As our season on great Chinese cinema continues into September, we explore some of the best East and Southeast Asian gay films.

    Alex Davidson
    Friday 29 August 2014

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  • A-list meets arthouse: when megastar actors work for auteurs

    She’s an Oscar winner and fashion icon, but Marion Cotillard’s new film finds her in the urgent, unvarnished world of master filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. As Two Days, One Night comes out on the BFI Player, we look at 10 other times when A-list stars went arthouse.

    Michael Brooke
    Friday 22 August 2014

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  • 10 great films about aliens visiting Earth

    They come in peace… or else to bring about the annihilation of the human race. With David Bowie’s turn as The Man Who Fell to Earth lighting up our Sci-Fi weekend, we count down 10 of the best movies about extraterrestrials coming to our planet.

    Paul O’Callaghan
    Thursday 21 August 2014

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  • 10 great films about the end of the world

    …or how we learned to stop worrying and love films about impending apocalypse.

    Mike Sutton
    Thursday 14 August 2014

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  • From girlhood to adulthood: six French films about sexual awakening

    With our Teenage Kicks season celebrating movies about the joys and pains of adolescence, let’s talk about sexual awakening on screen… French-style.

    Jemma Desai
    Monday 11 August 2014

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  • 10 great films set in Hong Kong

    One of the most densely populated areas on earth, Hong Kong is synonymous with the speed and flow of the modern city. Its teeming streets and gleaming surfaces have inspired filmmakers from Wong Kar-wai to Jackie Chan. Here are 10 of the best Hong Kong movies.

    John Berra
    Thursday 7 August 2014

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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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