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  • Left-handed cinema

    Can even small, apparently insignificant, details – such as whether a character is left-handed – affect how we read a film? By David Thomson.

    David Thomson
    Wednesday 13 August 2014

    Features

  • From the S&S archives: Notes on The Big Sleep, 30 years after

    James Monaco weighs the merits of this “fullest, richest and most resonant” private eye movie, and places it at the “nodal point in the tide that was Hollywood”.

    James Monaco
    Wednesday 13 August 2014

    Features

  • Robin Williams: a career in pictures

    Eleni Stefanou introduces some visual highlights from the films of the much-loved actor and comedian Robin Williams, who has died aged 63.

    Eleni Stefanou
    Tuesday 12 August 2014

    Features

  • Checkpoint Karlovy Vary 2014

    A serio-comic debut from backwater Albania and an absurdist metaphysical comedy from Hungary stood out at this year’s Czech showcase of films East of the West. Lydia Papadimitriou reports.

    Lydia Papadimitriou
    Monday 11 August 2014

    Festivals

  • 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

    Lists

  • Film of the week: Lilting

    Ashley Clark admires a tender, potent study of loss and loneliness in fly-by-night London.

    Ashley Clark
    Friday 8 August 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • The Wild Bunch: blood, bullets and the death of the west

    Held up by Kathryn Bigelow as a seismic influence on her own filmmaking, Sam Peckinpah’s 45-year-old epic about the decline of the American west remains a brutal benchmark in action cinema.

    Lou Thomas
    Friday 8 August 2014

    Features

  • Ken Annakin: the centenary of a great British director

    From wartime epics to Disney adventures, Ken Annakin’s 50-year career as director revealed his fascination with ‘human beings and their endless variations of behaviour in different settings’. To mark the centenary of his birth, here are some visual highlights from some of his very best films.

    Thursday 7 August 2014

    Features

  • 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

    Lists

  • Video: the art of nonfiction

    Robert Greene essays a love letter to the “magical imitation of reality”.

    Robert Greene
    Thursday 7 August 2014

    Video

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