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  • Beyond Clueless: a golden age of the American teen movie

    Ultra Culture founder Charlie Lyne talks about the passion for post-Clueless American teen movies that fuelled his new Kickstarter-funded documentary tribute.
    Wednesday 30 July 2014

  • Hitchcock on the Potemkin steps

    This month Hitchcock made a posthumous visit to Odessa – and Robin Baker, the BFI’s Head Curator, was lucky enough to travel with him.
    Tuesday 29 July 2014

  • The Lady from Shanghai: Welles at his most mischievous

    Orson Welles’ exhilarating film noir finds the actor-director mixing profundity with playfulness.
    Tuesday 22 July 2014

  • 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

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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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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