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  • 10 great films that deserve to be better known

    To mark National Awareness Week (well, April Fools’ Day), we champion 10 films that have slipped through the cracks of movie history but await rediscovery.

    Samuel Wigley , Pamela Hutchinson , Patrick Fahy , Matthew Thrift , Michael Blyth , Jemma Desai , Jon Spira , Michael Brooke , Simran Hans
    Wednesday 1 April 2015


  • Cinema in the rubble: movies made in the ruins of postwar Germany

    Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, Cary Grant and Marlene Dietrich are among the actors and directors who – like Roberto Rossellini with Germany, Year Zero – went to Germany in the aftermath of the Second World War, to film stories amid the rubble of a country in ruins.

    Matthew Thrift
    Tuesday 31 March 2015


  • How to get into... film noir master Robert Siodmak

    German-born director Robert Siodmak has more A-grade film noirs to his name than just about anyone else, but where to start with a career that spanned four decades and as many countries?

    David Parkinson
    Friday 27 March 2015


  • Film of the week: Wild Tales

    Things fall apart savagely in this Argentine portmanteau of latterday social grotesqueries. Mar Diestro-Dópido is down for the ride.

    Mar Diestro-Dópido
    Friday 27 March 2015

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  • Directors, producers and writers sign new revenue sharing deal

    Directors, producers and writers of feature films supported with Lottery funding through the BFI Film Fund are each set to reap the rewards of the film’s success, thanks to a new deal struck by Directors UK, Pact and The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

    Friday 27 March 2015


  • Dirk Bogarde: 10 essential films

    Two handfuls of the finest films featuring one of Britain’s greatest screen actors, from his early classics to his later career as a go-to star for arthouse directors.

    Neil Mitchell
    Friday 27 March 2015


  • Strife and the city: urban space and the essay film

    Jem Cohen’s Counting spurs the question: is the essay film the natural stalking ground for cinema’s lone crusaders? Michael Pattison considers.

    Michael Pattison
    Thursday 26 March 2015


  • 10 great modern films shot in Academy ratio

    With his quixotic adventure film Jauja, set in 19th-century Patagonia and starring Viggo Mortensen, Lisandro Alonso is the latest filmmaker to ditch the conventional wide-screen format in order to resurrect the squarer ‘Academy’ ratio of earlier times. He’s in good company…

    Leigh Singer
    Thursday 26 March 2015


  • Five minutes with Wild Tales director Damián Szifrón

    Multiple-story portmanteau films rarely work, which is why the new black comedy anthology Wild Tales comes as such a delight. Demetrios Matheou bent the ear of the Argentine director, Damián Szifrón.

    Demetrios Matheou
    Wednesday 25 March 2015


  • The Jinx: not my documentary renaissance

    Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling’s gotcha documentary series explores the porous boundary between bad art and bad journalism, says Robert Greene.

    Robert Greene
    Monday 23 March 2015


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