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  • Beyond Clueless: a golden age of the American teen movie

    Ultra Culture founder Charlie Lyne talks about the passion for post-Clueless American teen movies that fuelled his new Kickstarter-funded documentary tribute.
    Wednesday 30 July 2014

  • Hitchcock on the Potemkin steps

    This month Hitchcock made a posthumous visit to Odessa – and Robin Baker, the BFI’s Head Curator, was lucky enough to travel with him.
    Tuesday 29 July 2014

  • The Lady from Shanghai: Welles at his most mischievous

    Orson Welles’ exhilarating film noir finds the actor-director mixing profundity with playfulness.
    Tuesday 22 July 2014

  • 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.
    Thursday 24 July 2014

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  • Wrestling realities

    Robert Greene seeks lessons in truth-craft from big men in tights.

    Robert Greene
    Wednesday 30 April 2014


  • The film that inspired Studio Ghibli

    In an exclusive extract, Studio Ghibli master Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) tells us about the film that opened his eyes to the possibilities of animation: pioneering French classic The King and the Mockingbird.

    Isao Takahata
    Wednesday 30 April 2014


  • Pre-Code: Hollywood before the censors

    In a brief window between 1930 and 1934, Hollywood studios were able to portray America with previously unseen realism. Mike Mashon explores the campaign for moral oversight, while James Bell examines filmmakers’ depiction of taboo subjects from adultery and poverty to crime.

    Mike Mashon , James Bell
    Wednesday 30 April 2014

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  • Bridges in time: Istanbul 2014

    On the anniversary of the city’s Gezi Park protests, and the centenary of the first-ever Turkish film, old and new made strange bedfellows at this year’s Istanbul Film Festival, reports Kaya Genç.

    Kaya Genç
    Wednesday 30 April 2014


  • Bob Hoskins dies, aged 71

    The British star of The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit has died at the age of 71.

    Samuel Wigley
    Wednesday 30 April 2014


  • Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures

    Visual highlights from the films and television of the late, great, British actor Bob Hoskins, star of The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

    Wednesday 30 April 2014


  • Walerian Borowczyk: five essential films

    As BFI Southbank mounts a major season of films by surrealist and provocateur Walerian Borowczyk, we pick out five must-see titles.

    Michael Brooke
    Wednesday 30 April 2014


  • Child of the 90s: Anthony Chen on Ilo Ilo

    Winner of the BFI London Film Festival’s Sutherland Award for Best First Feature, London-based filmmaker Anthony Chen tells us about recreating his own childhood in Singapore for the family drama Ilo Ilo.

    Chris Fennell
    Monday 28 April 2014


  • Shelter from the storm: the Orphan Film Symposium 2014

    This year’s convention of ‘archivists, artists and scholars’ dusted off curios including a Polish typewriter camera, a bonfire of valve radios, Josephine Baker in clogs and the eye-popping Gasparcolor system. Ian Francis reports.

    Ian Francis
    Saturday 26 April 2014


  • Review: Transcendence

    Johnny Depp takes over the internet in a rickety nightmare of the Now, says Michael Atkinson.

    Michael Atkinson
    Saturday 26 April 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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