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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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  • John + Gena: dynamite on screen and off

    Fiery and tempestuous, John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands are one of cinema’s great husband-wife partnerships. We survey their 10 films together.

    Matthew Thrift
    Thursday 30 May 2013

    Features

  • The Spongers: fiercely relevant at 35 years old

    For producer Tony Garnett, the issues raised by a 1978 TV play, about a mother struggling to care for her young family, remain sadly contemporary.

    Tony Garnett
    Thursday 30 May 2013

    Features

  • Television in the interactive age #changingtimes

    Television has come a long way from the days of the live phone-in, with digital TV and social media enabling instant audience participation.

    Kathleen Luckey
    Wednesday 29 May 2013

    Features

  • Looking for signs and meaning in the cinema

    Peter Wollen’s Signs and Meaning in the Cinema remains one of the most influential books on the art of film yet written. An interview with the author finds Wollen restlessly arguing with himself about the evolving medium.

    Samuel Wigley
    Wednesday 29 May 2013

    Interviews

  • Walk Through

    Vdrome’s current presentation – ostensibly a tour of CalArts’ campus – provokes then-and-now thoughts on the prospects for making and showing art in the ‘real’ world, says Nathaniel Budzinski.

    Nathaniel Budzinski
    Tuesday 28 May 2013

    Bytes

  • Best of Cannes 2013: some films to look out for

    From the big winners to the small gems, Geoff Andrew rounds up his picks of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, including a personal top 15.

    Geoff Andrew
    Tuesday 28 May 2013

    Features

  • A Boy and His Atom

    Chris Robinson on IBM scientists dipping their toes into the art of computer animation, starting small.

    Chris Robinson
    Tuesday 28 May 2013

    Bytes

  • Cannes 2013: Awards reaction

    Nick James on a great set of prizes.

    Nick James
    Sunday 26 May 2013

    Festivals

  • Cannes 2013: An open book

    There’s no second-guessing which of many contenders Steven Spielberg’s jury is about to anoint, says Nick James.

    Nick James
    Sunday 26 May 2013

    Festivals

  • Cannes 2013: Divine mysteries

    Lav Diaz’s Dostoyevskian epic Norte, End of History should surely have been competing for top honours in this year’s festival, says Kieron Corless.

    Kieron Corless
    Saturday 25 May 2013

    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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