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  • The 10 best Peter Lorre performances

    From his astonishing debut as the child-killer in Fritz Lang’s M, Peter Lorre went on to become one of Hollywood’s best-recognised character actors. As a BFI Southbank season pays tribute, here’s a run down of his 10 greatest appearances.
    Tuesday 2 September 2014

  • Remembering Richard Attenborough

    A tribute to the life and career of the great actor and director Richard Attenborough, who was Chairman of the BFI from 1981 to 1992.
    Monday 1 September 2014

  • 10 great gay films from East and Southeast Asia

    As our season on great Chinese cinema continues into September, we explore some of the best East and Southeast Asian gay films.
    Friday 29 August 2014

  • BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala screening revealed as The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

    The BFI National Archive is pleased to announce that the world premiere of a new restoration of a major British silent film, The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands, will be unveiled as the BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala screening, presented in in partnership with American Express®.
    Thursday 21 August 2014

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  • Video: Heaven’s Gate trailer

    The trailer for the rerelease of Michael Cimino’s western, long recognised as a magnificent achievement of rare ambition.

    Monday 5 August 2013


  • The essay film

    Andrew Tracy explores the characteristics that have come to define this most elastic of forms, while eight more contributors highlight a dozen influential milestone essay films, from Jean Vigo to Chris Marker.

    Andrew Tracy , Ginette Vincendeau , Catherine McGahan , Chris Darke , Geoff Andrew , Olaf Möller , Sergio Wolf , Nina Power , Nick Bradshaw
    Saturday 3 August 2013

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  • Film of the week: Paradise: Hope

    Real-life teenage ‘diet camp’ kids get somewhat happy in this surprisingly conciliatory finale to Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, says Michael Brooke.

    Michael Brooke
    Friday 2 August 2013

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  • Hitchcock and the mystery of the tea cup

    How a cup of tea shed new light on The Pleasure Garden, Alfred Hitchcock’s very first film as director.

    Bryony Dixon
    Friday 2 August 2013


  • The restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent films

    Curator Bryony Dixon and film conservation manager Kieron Webb describe the BFI’s painstaking restoration of Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films.

    Friday 2 August 2013


  • 10 great films that flopped

    With Michael Cimino’s epic western Heaven’s Gate back in cinemas, we count down 10 more classic films that crashed and burned at the box office.

    Chris Fennell
    Thursday 1 August 2013


  • Captain Phillips opens 57th BFI London Film Festival

    The 57th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, announces Captain Phillips as this year’s Opening Night Gala.

    Thursday 1 August 2013


  • Flaming the fans

    On the internet, amateur subtitlers are taking commercially neglected cinema into their own hands, says Brad Stevens.

    Brad Stevens
    Wednesday 31 July 2013


  • Saint Etienne and Paul Kelly on A London Trilogy

    Filmmaker Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne talk about their unique trio of films documenting the changing face and disappearing places of the capital.

    Samuel Wigley
    Wednesday 31 July 2013


  • Bernadette Lafont, 1938-2013

    Ginette Vincendeau on the icon of the French New Wave icon and French cinema veteran.

    Ginette Vincendeau
    Tuesday 30 July 2013


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    Oscars 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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    BAFTAs 2014

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

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