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  • 10 great breakthrough American indie films

    As Ain’t Them Bodies Saints heralds the arrival of a bright young thing of American independent cinema, we count down 10 great US indie calling cards.

    Paul O’Callaghan
    Thursday 5 September 2013

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  • 10 great bat films

    To honour both International Bat Night and the gothic chills of our Monster Weekend, dim the lights for 10 classic movies featuring bats.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 29 August 2013

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  • 10 great films set in museums

    As we get ready to settle into the British Museum for our Monster Weekend, we stroll the corridors of film history to select 10 great museum movies.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 22 August 2013

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  • 10 great films about women and the city

    To honour the rerelease of Satyajit Ray’s The Big City, we take a tour of 10 more remarkable films about female experience in the world’s metropolises.

    Anna Coatman
    Thursday 15 August 2013

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  • Satyajit Ray: five essential films

    As BFI Southbank mounts a major retrospective of the great Indian director Satyajit Ray, we choose five of his very best films from a long career.

    Samuel Wigley
    Monday 12 August 2013

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  • 10 great films featuring cats

    With World Cat Day upon us, we celebrate 10 great movies that wouldn’t be the same without their feline stars.

    Eleni Stefanou
    Thursday 8 August 2013

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  • 10 great films that flopped

    With Michael Cimino’s epic western Heaven’s Gate back in cinemas, we count down 10 more classic films that crashed and burned at the box office.

    Chris Fennell
    Thursday 1 August 2013

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  • 10 great modern black-and-white films

    With Frances Ha the latest release in a current trend for black and white, we look back over 10 monochrome masterpieces of the past 20 years.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 25 July 2013

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  • 10 great films set in Rome

    With Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday back in cinemas, we pay tribute to the Eternal City on celluloid with 10 of the best Rome films.

    Pasquale Iannone
    Thursday 18 July 2013

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  • 10 great films based on classic children’s books

    As the classic 1931 version of Emil and the Detectives comes out on DVD, here are 10 more magical film versions of children’s bedtime classics.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 11 July 2013

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