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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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  • 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

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Vera Chytilová, 1929-2014

    Celluloid Liberation Front remembers the “recalcitrant first lady of the Czech New Wave”.

    Celluloid Liberation Front
    Thursday 27 March 2014

    Obituaries

  • Film of the week: 20 Feet from Stardom

    Foregrounding the background singers: Morgan Neville’s Oscar-winning documentary feels good, sounds great, says Kate Stables.

    Kate Stables
    Thursday 27 March 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • 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

  • Studio Ghibli: five essential films

    As the great Japanese animation studio nears its 30th anniversary and BFI Southbank mounts a full feature retrospective, we pick out five must-see titles from the fantastic Studio Ghibli.

    Jasper Sharp
    Wednesday 26 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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