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  • Why ‘cool’ doesn’t do Jim Jarmusch justice

    With hipster indie classic Down by Law back in cinemas, it’s a moment to reflect on Jim Jarmusch’s 30-year reign as the king of cinematic cool. But what does that even mean?
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • Three talking points for Debate at the LFF

    The LFF’s Debate strand presents films that rush headfirst and unafraid into some of the stormiest issues of the day. This year, three themes emerge in the programme that are sure to help stoke the post-movie discussion.
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • 10 great prison break films

    Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch’s off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.
    Thursday 11 September 2014

  • Three to see at the LFF if you like ... Italian cinema

    An Italian Breaking Bad is among programme advisor Adrian Wootton’s personal tips for the BFI London Film Festival, including a new film by an established director, an impressive debut, and a wild card to take a chance on.
    Wednesday 10 September 2014

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  • Born in 1914: seven great filmmakers

    Dylan Thomas and Jack Cardiff are among the greats born in 1914 whose paths crossed with the British documentary movement in its golden age.

    Patrick Russell
    Tuesday 28 January 2014

    Features

  • Revolution in the head? – Al Pacino and the 1980s

    Al Pacino’s Scarface is one of the iconic 80s images, yet he made only three further films that decade – at one point giving up screen acting altogether.

    Ashley Clark
    Tuesday 28 January 2014

    Features

  • Creative Europe programme launches in the UK

    The BFI and the British Council join forces to deliver Creative Europe Desk UK, with €1.46bn boost for audio-visual, cultural and creative industries.

    Tuesday 28 January 2014

    Announcements

  • Behind the scenes: Dr Strangelove

    Rare on-set images give a glimpse of great minds at work as Stanley Kubrick and Peter Sellers film their 50-year-old classic Dr Strangelove.

    Monday 27 January 2014

    Features

  • Fellini’s commercials

    Celluloid Liberation Front visits il maestro’s late-life misadventures (and mischief) in consumerville.

    Celluloid Liberation Front
    Sunday 26 January 2014

    Bytes

  • Inside Llewyn Davis: classic folk songs on film

    With the Coen brothers’ latest transporting us back to the early 60s folk scene, we pick out some of the most memorable uses of folk on film.

    Jon Spira
    Friday 24 January 2014

    Features

  • Film of the week: Inside Llewyn Davis

    The Coens’ latest takes a left turn from their usual fables of heedless ambition to essay a listless 1960s folk singer, “boomeranging between bad memories and botched opportunities”, write J.M. Tyree and Ben Walters.

    J M Tyree , Ben Walters
    Friday 24 January 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Video: Sherlock: The Empty Hearse Q&A

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss and the talent behind Sherlock discuss the making of The Empty Hearse.

    Friday 24 January 2014

    Video

  • 10 great chase films

    From silent comedies to modern action blockbusters, cinema has always thrived on the thrill of pursuit. Catch your breath while we go after 10 essential chase movies.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 23 January 2014

    Lists

  • The General: the greatest comedy of all time?

    No comedy came higher in Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time poll than Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic The General. But it wasn’t high enough…

    Geoff Andrew
    Thursday 23 January 2014

    Features

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  • Oscars 2014

    Oscars 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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    BAFTAs 2014

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

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