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  • The 10 best John Williams soundtracks

    We count down the finest musical moments of the great film composer John Williams, winner of five Oscars out of an extraordinary 49 nominations.

    Patrick Fahy
    Friday 6 February 2015

    Lists

  • ♫ Hear the song that links Groucho to Kermit to Breaking Bad...

    It has turned up in Breaking Bad, M*A*S*H and The Muppet Show. Earlier it was in The Philadelphia Story and a Marx Brothers classic. Read the intriguing story behind the song now covered exclusively for the BFI by best-selling indie-folkers Stornoway.

    Jon Spira
    Friday 6 February 2015

    Features

  • The 10 best François Truffaut films

    The gentlest of the major directors of the French New Wave, François Truffaut made some of the movement’s best-loved classics, from Jules et Jim to Day for Night.

    David Parkinson
    Friday 6 February 2015

    Lists

  • Film of the week: Selma

    Ava DuVernay’s dramatisation of Martin Luther King’s leadership of the Civil Rights marches that overcame American voting discrimination speaks powerfully to the present, says Ashley Clark.

    Ashley Clark
    Thursday 5 February 2015

    Reviews and recommendations

  • 10 great erotic British films

    Named after a rare butterfly, the extraordinary new film by Peter Strickland is also that lesser-spotted creature: a genuinely erotic British film. In the month that The Duke of Burgundy flutters into cinemas, we survey 10 more titillating titles from these shores.

    Michael Brooke
    Thursday 5 February 2015

    Lists

  • British films at Berlin 2015

    The world premiere of Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, Ian McKellen’s debut as Sherlock Holmes, and glorious Technicolor classics help make up the British selection at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

    Samuel Wigley
    Wednesday 4 February 2015

    Features

  • The 10 best Katharine Hepburn films

    She blazed a trail for intelligent actresses in Hollywood, holds the record for most acting Oscars and stars in several of the world’s best comedies. Here are 10 of Katharine Hepburn’s finest appearances.

    Chris Fennell
    Wednesday 4 February 2015

    Lists

  • Sundance 2015 documentaries: awake, cinema?

    Can America’s biggest film festival find a place for nonfiction that pushes boundaries rather than buttons, asks Robert Greene?

    Robert Greene
    Wednesday 4 February 2015

    Unfiction

  • New BFI stats show record year for UK film in 2014

    Paddington is the highest grossing British independent film of 2014, a year that saw the largest ever box-office market share for UK independent cinema.

    Tuesday 3 February 2015

    Announcements

  • BFI DVD releases announced for April-May 2015

    Highlights include a selection of feature films and shorts by the great Carl Theodor Dreyer; one of Akira Kurosawa’s most highly regarded dramas; and a collection of restored comedies from Charlie Chaplin.

    Tuesday 3 February 2015

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