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  • 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

  • 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

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  • Hold that look: Godfrey Reggio on Visitors

    The director of Koyaanisqatsi would like us to be still now, he tells Trevor Johnston.

    Trevor Johnston
    Thursday 3 April 2014

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  • The Sight & Sound interview: James Benning

    Legendary for the formal rigour and patience of his landscape films, and for his devotion to 16mm, the American filmmaker and teacher has lately embraced digital technology. He talks about manipulation, reality, liberty, and the pleasures of watching paint dry with Nick Bradshaw.

    Nick Bradshaw
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

    Interviews

  • Mark Cousins tells A Story of Children and Film

    As his inspiring look at childhood on film opens across the UK and on the BFI Player, filmmaker Mark Cousins tells us about the unknown classics of children’s cinema.

    Samuel Wigley
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

    Interviews

  • Age of innocence: childhood on film

    Cinema’s fascination with childhood is as old as the medium itself, enabling filmmakers to depart from conventional modes of storytelling to reflect the undoubted otherness of youthful experience. By Pasquale Iannone.

    Pasquale Iannone
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

    Features

  • The 10 best Alec Guinness performances

    Born on 2 April 1914, 100 years ago, Alec Guinness was one of British cinema’s most brilliant and versatile actors. To mark the centenary of his birth, we select his 10 most memorable performances.

    Patrick Fahy
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

    Lists

  • The Eiffel Tower turns 125: the tower on film

    To celebrate the 125th birthday of Paris’s most famous landmark, we count down 15 memorable appearances of the Eiffel Tower on film.

    Monday 31 March 2014

    Features

  • Video: LGBT celebrities on their favourite gay films

    TV stars and LGBT activists reveal the gay films that most inspired them.

    Monday 31 March 2014

    Video

  • Shooting the message #15: ShootMedia

    A look at Walthamstow-based ShootMedia, whose video for ChildLine became the charity’s most successful issue-based film ever, resulting in a 1654% increase in traffic to their website.

    Patrick Russell
    Friday 28 March 2014

    Features

  • Journeys into night: the police thrillers of Yoshitaro Nomura

    Alexander Jacoby on the investigations of post-war Japan by Shochiku’s career exponent of sleek, subtle genre cinema.

    Alexander Jacoby
    Thursday 27 March 2014

    Features

  • 10 great films about doubles

    With Jesse Eisenberg acting alongside himself in Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double, we reflect on some of cinema’s best films featuring doubles, dead ringers and doppelgängers.

    Michael Brooke
    Thursday 27 March 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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