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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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  • 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

    Features

  • 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

    Features

  • Film of the week: Fill the Void

    Jonathan Romney investigates Rama Burshtein’s urbane, intelligent, Jane Austen-inspired defence of Haredi arranged marriage – “altogether radical in its gentle, elegantly expressed otherness”.

    Jonathan Romney
    Friday 13 December 2013

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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

    Features

  • 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

    Lists

  • 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

    Announcements

  • 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

    Features

  • 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

    Features

  • Video: Kim Newman introduces Dr. Phibes Rises Again

    Writer and critic Kim Newman introduces Dr. Phibes Rises Again, which sees Vincent Price reprise his role as a fiendishly inventive murderer.

    Monday 9 December 2013

    Video

  • Why I love... The Woman in Black

    Curator Lisa Kerrigan remembers a terrifying first encounter with the Woman in Black, in the 1989 TV version of Susan Hill’s famous ghost story.

    Lisa Kerrigan
    Monday 9 December 2013

    Features

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