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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 Innocents and the power of suggestion

    ‘To show or not to show’ – why chilling 1961 haunted house classic The Innocents strikes the perfect balance between letting us see and letting us imagine.

    Geoff Andrew
    Friday 13 December 2013


  • Video: Ghostwatch panel discussion

    Michael Parkinson and the rest of the cast and crew discuss Ghostwatch (1992), the BBC’s controversial pseudo-documentary about a haunted house.

    Friday 13 December 2013


  • Stormy waves: the London Korean Film Festival 2013

    Some high-profile absences and attendant censorship worries were but the foam on a weltering sea of investigations of Korea. Anton Bitel reports on angry socio-political allegories, sex-assault dramas and more.

    Anton Bitel
    Friday 13 December 2013


  • Family lives: Discover Arab Cinema

    BFI Southbank’s year-long Discover Arab Cinema season continues with four acclaimed directorial debuts focusing on family life.

    Mona Deeley
    Friday 13 December 2013


  • Blockage on the line: Snowpiercer vs Scissorhands

    Bong Joonho’s Snowpiercer was one of the most anticipated films of 2013. But while it has been a hit in France and Korea, English-speaking audiences won’t be able to see it for some time to come. This is more than just a case of the wrong kind of snow, reports Tony Rayns.

    Tony Rayns
    Friday 13 December 2013


  • Spike Lee: Oldboy, new man?

    Spike Lee’s remake of Old Boy might not have set the world on fire, but his lively engagement with digital media points to a bright future, says Ashley Clark

    Ashley Clark
    Friday 13 December 2013


  • 10 great haunted house films

    Creaky floorboards, faces at the window, things that go bump in the night – with The Innocents back in cinemas, here are 10 more classic old dark house movies.

    Kevin Lyons
    Thursday 12 December 2013


  • Earliest film of Christmas ghost story sees light

    Watch the BFI’s restoration of The Mistletoe Bough (1904), the oldest film version of a classic Christmas ghost story.

    Thursday 12 December 2013


  • The gothic glamour of The Innocents

    Dressed for distress – beautiful costume designs for Deborah Kerr in the haunted-house classic The Innocents.

    Claire Smith
    Wednesday 11 December 2013


  • BFI Player among 100 Best Things in the World

    GQ magazine names the BFI’s new video-on-demand service one of the 100 Best Things in the World Right Now.

    Samuel Wigley
    Tuesday 10 December 2013


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