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  • 10 great American film noirs

    With Orson Welles’s magnificent noir melodrama The Lady from Shanghai back in cinemas, we turn back the clock to the golden age of Hollywood to select the 10 best American film noirs.
    Thursday 24 July 2014

  • 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

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  • 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

    Lists

  • A Farewell to Arms: a greater film than Hemingway knew

    Made within two years of the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s classic WWI romance, Frank Borzage’s 1932 film of A Farewell of Arms may have riled the author but it deserves rediscovery as an exhilarating ode to love in wartime. 

    Geoff Andrew
    Friday 30 May 2014

    Features

  • 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

    Features

  • Film of the week: Venus in Fur

    Mr and Mrs Polanski make carnival work of von Sacher-Masoch’s bag of kink, finds Roger Clarke.

    Roger Clarke
    Friday 30 May 2014

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  • Video: Imelda Staunton on how Dennis Potter changed TV

    At a BFI reception before the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the BAFTA-winning actor discusses Dennis Potter’s influence on television.

    Thursday 29 May 2014

    Video

  • 10 great First World War films

    With the definitive screen version of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms returning to cinemas to mark the centenary of the First World War, eyes front for our list of 10 of the best films set during World War I.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 29 May 2014

    Lists

  • A Century of Chinese Cinema: an introduction

    We introduce the five sections that make up our huge, four-month celebration of 100 years of filmmaking in China.

    Noah Cowan
    Wednesday 28 May 2014

    Features

  • Cannes 2014: a roundup

    So did the prizes go to the right films? The BFI’s Senior Film Programmer, Geoff Andrew, gives his personal lowdown on the best that Cannes had to offer in 2014.

    Geoff Andrew
    Tuesday 27 May 2014

    Features

  • New Philippine (and Mongolian) cinema

    Anton Bitel rounds up recent highlights from the Philippines’ broad and bustling film industry – plus a missive from Mongolia that couldn’t be ignored.

    Anton Bitel
    Monday 26 May 2014

    Festivals

  • Cannes 2014: awards and reaction

    Congratulations to Cannes’ rising stars Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Alice Rohrwacher; commiserations to the ill-rewarded Marion Cotillard and Abderrahmane Sissako, says Nick James.

    Nick James
    Saturday 24 May 2014

    Festivals

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  • Oscars 2014

    Oscars 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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  • BAFTAs 2014

    BAFTAs 2014

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

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