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  • The 10 best Peter Lorre performances

    From his astonishing debut as the child-killer in Fritz Lang’s M, Peter Lorre went on to become one of Hollywood’s best-recognised character actors. As a BFI Southbank season pays tribute, here’s a run down of his 10 greatest appearances.
    Tuesday 2 September 2014

  • Remembering Richard Attenborough

    A tribute to the life and career of the great actor and director Richard Attenborough, who was Chairman of the BFI from 1981 to 1992.
    Monday 1 September 2014

  • 10 great gay films from East and Southeast Asia

    As our season on great Chinese cinema continues into September, we explore some of the best East and Southeast Asian gay films.
    Friday 29 August 2014

  • BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala screening revealed as The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

    The BFI National Archive is pleased to announce that the world premiere of a new restoration of a major British silent film, The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands, will be unveiled as the BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala screening, presented in in partnership with American Express®.
    Thursday 21 August 2014

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  • 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

    Features

  • 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

    Features

  • 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

    Lists

  • Wrestling realities

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

    Robert Greene
    Wednesday 30 April 2014

    Unfiction

  • 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

    Features

  • 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

    Deep Focus

  • 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

    Interviews

  • Review: Transcendence

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

    Michael Atkinson
    Saturday 26 April 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Film of the week: Exhibition

    Joanna Hogg explores process, sick artists syndrome and the ghosts of modernism in a gleaming London live/work house. By Andrew Tracy.

    Andrew Tracy
    Saturday 26 April 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • 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

    Festivals

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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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