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  • 10 great screwball comedies

    Emerging in the 1930s, screwball comedies were a wild new strain of fast-talking farces involving battles of the sexes and a world forever on the brink of chaos. Here are 10 of the best places to start.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 12 February 2015

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  • François Truffaut: 10 essential films

    The gentlest of the major directors of the French New Wave, François Truffaut made some of the movement’s best-loved classics, from Jules et Jim to Day for Night.

    David Parkinson
    Friday 6 February 2015

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  • The 10 best John Williams soundtracks

    We count down the finest musical moments of the great film composer John Williams, winner of five Oscars out of an extraordinary 49 nominations.

    Patrick Fahy
    Friday 6 February 2015

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  • 10 great erotic British films

    Named after a rare butterfly, the extraordinary new film by Peter Strickland is also that lesser-spotted creature: a genuinely erotic British film. In the month that The Duke of Burgundy flutters into cinemas, we survey 10 more titillating titles from these shores.

    Michael Brooke
    Thursday 5 February 2015

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  • Katharine Hepburn: 10 essential films

    She blazed a trail for intelligent actresses in Hollywood, holds the record for most acting Oscars and stars in several of the world’s best comedies. Here are 10 of Katharine Hepburn’s finest appearances.

    Chris Fennell
    Wednesday 4 February 2015

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  • Gene Hackman at 85: his 10 best films

    As he turns 85, we remember 10 of the finest films starring Gene Hackman, one of the great actors to emerge from the New Hollywood of the 1960s and 70s.

    Mike Sutton
    Friday 30 January 2015

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  • John Ford: 10 essential films

    In his 50-year career, John Ford made some 140 feature films, including Oscar winners and some of the greatest westerns ever made. Here’s a rundown of his finest achievements.

    David Parkinson
    Friday 30 January 2015

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  • 10 great films about children in wartime

    Not just one of the great school films, Louis Malle’s Au revoir les enfants also belongs to a grand tradition of powerful dramatisations of the experiences of children during wartime.

    Pasquale Iannone
    Thursday 29 January 2015

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  • 10 great LGBT TV and online series

    As Cucumber, Banana and Tofu, the latest projects from Russell T. Davies, rake in the acclaim, we remember some of the best LGBT series of yesteryear.

     

    Alex Davidson
    Friday 23 January 2015

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  • 10 great comedies of the 21st century

    As the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival rolls in to blow away the January blues once again, we decided it was time to take stock of some of the 21st century’s finest, funniest achievements in film comedy.

    Leigh Singer
    Thursday 22 January 2015

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