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  • BFI edition of silent classic Underground wins best Blu-ray at DVD awards

    The restored, high definition edition of Anthony Asquith’s 1928 classic of London life is named the year’s best Blu-ray by Italy’s esteemed Il Cinema Ritrovato festival.
    Friday 4 July 2014

  • 10 great films set in the swinging 60s

    It’s 50 years since the Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night helped put a swing in the step of 60s British cinema, heralding London’s emergence as the epicentre of hip fashion, art and music. Here are 10 of the best swinging London films that followed in its wake.
    Thursday 3 July 2014

  • Behind the scenes with the Beatles and Richard Lester

    Rare images, many from the private archive of director Richard Lester, show the Fab Four playing around on the set of their swinging 60s pop film classics A Hard Day’s Night and Help!
    Thursday 3 July 2014

  • 10 great wuxia (swordplay) films

    Based in a centuries-old genre of Chinese literature, the wuxia martial arts movie takes place in a world of swords, sorcery, chivalry and romance. Here are 10 of its jaw-dropping milestones.
    Thursday 26 June 2014

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  • Memories are made of this: 36 and Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

    Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit portrays a digital generation who can’t recall this life, let alone past ones, finds Trevor Johnston.

    Trevor Johnston
    Thursday 5 June 2014


  • Die, Hybrid! Die!

    Marketeers, note: artful, exciting, shape-shifting documentaries may have a renewed energy – but the fact of them is as old as the movies, says Robert Greene.

    Robert Greene
    Thursday 5 June 2014


  • Television without pity: Dennis Potter’s TV criticism

    Not just Britain’s greatest TV writer, Dennis Potter also worked for years as a TV critic, earning the reputation of a hellfire preacher who was as passionate damning the witless as he was singing the praises of some surprising favourites.

    Lisa Kerrigan
    Thursday 5 June 2014


  • 10 great concert films

    With a new behind-the-scenes documentary of Pulp’s farewell gig raising the curtain on this year’s Sheffield/Doc Fest, we go backstage in the annals of film history to select 10 of the best concert movies.

    Ashley Clark
    Thursday 5 June 2014


  • BFI announces sci-fi spectacular at the British Museum

    Outdoor screenings of The Man Who Fell to Earth, Flash Gordon and The Day the Earth Caught Fire will offer the first glimpse of the BFI’s UK-wide autumn blockbuster Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.

    Wednesday 4 June 2014


  • Video: Angela Lansbury discusses her life and work

    The actor talks about her life and seven-decade career, from her east London origins to Hollywood, Broadway and Murder She Wrote television stardom.

    Tuesday 3 June 2014


  • Nowhere woman: Blue Jasmine

    Woody Allen’s latest is profoundly sympathetic to a protagonist lost in a world of false fronts, says Brad Stevens.

    Brad Stevens
    Tuesday 3 June 2014


  • 10 great kung fu films

    Ahead of our celebration of Chinese genre cinema at BFI Southbank, we gave one eager apprentice a task of deep reflection: to whittle down a 10-strong list of killer kung fu movies.

    Matthew Thrift
    Tuesday 3 June 2014


  • Five iconic Chinese actresses

    From the Shanghai golden age to the modern era, Chinese cinema is notable for its succession of great actresses and strong female roles. Here are five of its most brilliant stars.

    John Berra
    Monday 2 June 2014


  • Kenji Mizoguchi’s masterpiece Sansho Dayu turns 60 years old

    It’s 60 years since the premiere of the heartbreaking historical tragedy Sansho Dayu, revered by critics as one of the world’s greatest films.

    Samuel Wigley
    Friday 30 May 2014


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