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  • BFI edition of silent classic Underground wins best Blu-ray at DVD awards

    The restored, high definition edition of Anthony Asquith’s 1928 classic of London life is named the year’s best Blu-ray by Italy’s esteemed Il Cinema Ritrovato festival.
    Friday 4 July 2014

  • 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.
    Thursday 3 July 2014

  • Behind the scenes with the Beatles and Richard Lester

    Rare images, many from the private archive of director Richard Lester, show the Fab Four playing around on the set of their swinging 60s pop film classics A Hard Day’s Night and Help!
    Thursday 3 July 2014

  • 10 great wuxia (swordplay) films

    Based in a centuries-old genre of Chinese literature, the wuxia martial arts movie takes place in a world of swords, sorcery, chivalry and romance. Here are 10 of its jaw-dropping milestones.
    Thursday 26 June 2014

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  • H.R. Giger’s alien: in pictures

    Swiss painter and sculptor H.R.

    Tuesday 13 May 2014

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  • Reality and the red carpet: Hot Docs 2014

    At North America’s biggest documentary festival, nonfiction generously extends to more or less thorny matters of fame, media frenzies, pantomimes and hoopla, finds Adam Nayman.

    Adam Nayman
    Monday 12 May 2014

    Festivals

  • The owl’s legacy: in memory of Chris Marker

    Chris Marker was so much more than just a ‘documentary filmmaker’. He was photographer, essayist, activist, cartoonist, interactive pioneer – and mentor. Catherine Lupton, Agnès Varda, Thom Anderson, Chris Petit and more pay tribute.

    Catherine Lupton , Thom Andersen , Chris Petit , Jem Cohen , John Gianvito , Patrick Keiller , Sarah Turner , Kodwo Eshun , José Luis Guerín , Agnès Varda
    Friday 9 May 2014

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  • Film of the week: Frank

    Lenny Abrahamson’s biopic manqué of Frank Sidebottom shows us the impenetrable layers of papier-mâché between us and our heroes, says Ryan Gilbey.

    Ryan Gilbey
    Friday 9 May 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Free anime: Mizue Mirai, wizard of blobs and blocks

    Japan’s answer to the likes of Oskar Fischinger and Norman McLaren talks to Jasper Sharp about his synaesthetic “cell animation”, why he hand-draws computer-animated lookalikes and his one-man Exquisite corpse-style motion epic Wonder.

    Jasper Sharp
    Friday 9 May 2014

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  • In pictures: British film talent gathers for Cannes send-off

    Dominic West, Freddie Fox, Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh and Ben Wheatley are among the stars and filmmakers who joined us to toast the British presence at this year’s Cannes Film Festival at our pre-festival ‘send-off’ lunch.

    Friday 9 May 2014

    Features

  • Review: The Wind Rises

    Studio Ghibli’s Miyazaki Hayao signs off with a deeply personal paean to flight – and deeply ambiguous portrait of the artist as blinkered visionary. But what are his obligations to history, asks Andrew Osmond?

    Andrew Osmond
    Friday 9 May 2014

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  • Hitchcock and Chaplin celebrated as great Londoners on the London Eye

    Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Chaplin are among the 32 London-born luminaries championed on a celebratory journey on the London Eye.

    Bryony Dixon , Nathalie Morris
    Thursday 8 May 2014

    Features

  • 10 great films about masks

    In the guise of a tie-in with the release of Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as masked singer Frank Sidebottom, we celebrate the rich history of masks on screen.

    Michael Brooke
    Thursday 8 May 2014

    Lists

  • Tom at the Farm out on BFI Player from 9 May

    A young man finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of deception in Xavier Dolan’s acclaimed psychological thriller, available on the BFI Player from Friday 9 May.

    Thursday 8 May 2014

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  • Oscars 2014

    Oscars 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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  • BAFTAs 2014

    BAFTAs 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the British Academy Film Awards.

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