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  • Why ‘cool’ doesn’t do Jim Jarmusch justice

    With hipster indie classic Down by Law back in cinemas, it’s a moment to reflect on Jim Jarmusch’s 30-year reign as the king of cinematic cool. But what does that even mean?
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • Three talking points for Debate at the LFF

    The LFF’s Debate strand presents films that rush headfirst and unafraid into some of the stormiest issues of the day. This year, three themes emerge in the programme that are sure to help stoke the post-movie discussion.
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • 10 great prison break films

    Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch’s off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.
    Thursday 11 September 2014

  • Three to see at the LFF if you like ... Italian cinema

    An Italian Breaking Bad is among programme advisor Adrian Wootton’s personal tips for the BFI London Film Festival, including a new film by an established director, an impressive debut, and a wild card to take a chance on.
    Wednesday 10 September 2014

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  • 10 great kung fu films

    Ahead of our celebration of Chinese genre cinema at BFI Southbank, we gave one eager apprentice a task of deep reflection: to whittle down a 10-strong list of killer kung fu movies.

    Matthew Thrift
    Tuesday 3 June 2014

    Lists

  • Five iconic Chinese actresses

    From the Shanghai golden age to the modern era, Chinese cinema is notable for its succession of great actresses and strong female roles. Here are five of its most brilliant stars.

    John Berra
    Monday 2 June 2014

    Lists

  • Film of the week: Venus in Fur

    Mr and Mrs Polanski make carnival work of von Sacher-Masoch’s bag of kink, finds Roger Clarke.

    Roger Clarke
    Friday 30 May 2014

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  • A Farewell to Arms: a greater film than Hemingway knew

    Made within two years of the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s classic WWI romance, Frank Borzage’s 1932 film of A Farewell of Arms may have riled the author but it deserves rediscovery as an exhilarating ode to love in wartime. 

    Geoff Andrew
    Friday 30 May 2014

    Features

  • Kenji Mizoguchi’s masterpiece Sansho Dayu turns 60 years old

    It’s 60 years since the premiere of the heartbreaking historical tragedy Sansho Dayu, revered by critics as one of the world’s greatest films.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 30 May 2014

    Features

  • Video: Imelda Staunton on how Dennis Potter changed TV

    At a BFI reception before the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the BAFTA-winning actor discusses Dennis Potter’s influence on television.

    Thursday 29 May 2014

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  • 10 great First World War films

    With the definitive screen version of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms returning to cinemas to mark the centenary of the First World War, eyes front for our list of 10 of the best films set during World War I.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 29 May 2014

    Lists

  • A Century of Chinese Cinema: an introduction

    We introduce the five sections that make up our huge, four-month celebration of 100 years of filmmaking in China.

    Noah Cowan
    Wednesday 28 May 2014

    Features

  • Cannes 2014: a roundup

    So did the prizes go to the right films? The BFI’s Senior Film Programmer, Geoff Andrew, gives his personal lowdown on the best that Cannes had to offer in 2014.

    Geoff Andrew
    Tuesday 27 May 2014

    Features

  • New Philippine (and Mongolian) cinema

    Anton Bitel rounds up recent highlights from the Philippines’ broad and bustling film industry – plus a missive from Mongolia that couldn’t be ignored.

    Anton Bitel
    Monday 26 May 2014

    Festivals

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