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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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  • The Wild Bunch: blood, bullets and the death of the west

    Held up by Kathryn Bigelow as a seismic influence on her own filmmaking, Sam Peckinpah’s 45-year-old epic about the decline of the American west remains a brutal benchmark in action cinema.

    Lou Thomas
    Friday 8 August 2014


  • Film of the week: Lilting

    Ashley Clark admires a tender, potent study of loss and loneliness in fly-by-night London.

    Ashley Clark
    Friday 8 August 2014

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  • 10 great films set in Hong Kong

    One of the most densely populated areas on earth, Hong Kong is synonymous with the speed and flow of the modern city. Its teeming streets and gleaming surfaces have inspired filmmakers from Wong Kar-wai to Jackie Chan. Here are 10 of the best Hong Kong movies.

    John Berra
    Thursday 7 August 2014


  • Video: the art of nonfiction

    Robert Greene essays a love letter to the “magical imitation of reality”.

    Robert Greene
    Thursday 7 August 2014


  • How many classic film dance scenes can you spot?

    There are 48 memorable dance sequences in this colourful scene. But which films are they from?

    Thursday 7 August 2014


  • Ken Annakin: the centenary of a great British director

    From wartime epics to Disney adventures, Ken Annakin’s 50-year career as director revealed his fascination with ‘human beings and their endless variations of behaviour in different settings’. To mark the centenary of his birth, here are some visual highlights from some of his very best films.

    Thursday 7 August 2014


  • Lost and found: Across the Bridge

    A model of adaptation, Across the Bridge cleverly expands Graham Greene’s original short story, says the screenwriter Paul Mayersberg.

    Paul Mayersberg
    Wednesday 6 August 2014


  • Heinz Emigholz: building in time

    Over the past two decades Heinz Emigholz has made a remarkable series of filmic monuments to the Modern age through studies of its architecture. His new film The Airstrip drops the bomb on the project, writes Aaron Cutler.

    Aaron Cutler
    Wednesday 6 August 2014


  • News from the front: Odessa 2014

    350 miles from the front lines of Ukraine’s civil war, the famous port city staged its fifth international film festival with a pride that seemed defiant going on decadent, reports Neil Young.

    Neil Young
    Tuesday 5 August 2014


  • Hitchcock’s masterpiece Rear Window turns 60

    Peek inside the press book produced for the original release of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller Rear Window, now 60 years old.

    Samuel Wigley
    Monday 4 August 2014


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    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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    Interviews, news and comment on the British Academy Film Awards.

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