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  • James Dean, teenager

    In the early rock ‘n’ roll era, James Dean’s bright flash of three films before his tragic death spoke to an adolescent audience like never before.
    Wednesday 16 April 2014

  • Still crazy-good after 60 years: Seven Samurai

    As Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai is released on BFI Blu-ray and DVD to coincide with its 60th anniversary, we chart the rocky road to classic status of this most famous of Japanese films.
    Tuesday 15 April 2014

  • Around the world in 17 films: The Cinema of Childhood

    Take a cinematic trip around the globe with our guide to the international gems screening in Mark Cousins’ The Cinema of Childhood season in cinemas and on the BFI Player.
    Friday 11 April 2014

  • Soutane impact: Brendan Gleeson and John Michael McDonagh on Calvary

    Brendan Gleeson plays a Catholic priest threatened with murder in the actor’s provocative new collaboration with director John Michael McDonagh. Just don’t call it a ‘little gem’…
    Thursday 10 April 2014

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  • Nymphomaniac out on BFI Player from 1 March

    The provocative new film by Lars von Trier, the story of a woman’s life of sex obsession, will be available to watch on the BFI Player from Saturday 1 March.

    Wednesday 26 February 2014


  • Spitting Image: still biting after all these years

    Thirty years on, we reminisce with Spitting Image’s creators about a series that was essential viewing for politicos and couch potatoes alike.

    Samira Ahmed
    Wednesday 26 February 2014


  • Straight to a DVD player near you?

    Brian De Palma and Francis Ford Coppola’s recent techno-fantasias have followed a once well-worn path for American indies too leftfield for cinema distribution, says Brad Stevens.

    Brad Stevens
    Tuesday 25 February 2014


  • Behind the scenes: Funny Face

    Evocative shots that take us back to Paris in 1956, where Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire are filming on location for the musical romance Funny Face.

    Tuesday 25 February 2014


  • Gallic stars go Gallois: Borderlines 2014 preview

    Borderlines Film Festival patron Francine Stock on bringing her French screen heroes to the Welsh Borders.

    Francine Stock
    Monday 24 February 2014


  • Feng Xiaogang: an exclusive audience with China’s most successful director

    The director of some of the all-time biggest films at the Chinese box office, Feng Xiaogang, joined us to discuss his knack for connecting with audiences.

    Monday 24 February 2014


  • Dispatches: Situation critical

    The pessimists are convinced the end is nigh for film criticism in the digital age – but perhaps criticism isn’t what they think it is, says Mark Cousins.

    Mark Cousins
    Monday 24 February 2014


  • Luis Buñuel quotes

    Wit and wisdom from the provocative surrealist director behind Un chien andalou (1929) and Belle de Jour (1967).

    Friday 21 February 2014


  • 10 great films about sex

    As Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac arrives in cinemas and on the BFI Player, we survey sex on film with a list of some of cinema’s naughtiest classics.

    Josephine Botting , Michael Brooke , Alex Davidson , Georgia Korossi , Catherine McGahan , Jasper Sharp , Samuel Wigley
    Friday 21 February 2014


  • Berlin 2014: a programmer’s picks

    A family drama filmed over 12 years and an understated debut about a Chechen boy living in Vienna catch Geoff Andrew’s eye at this year’s Berlinale.

    Geoff Andrew
    Friday 21 February 2014


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  • 10 great films about brothers

    10 great films about brothers

    Fraternal frictions, jealousy and brotherly love run high in our list of 10 classic brother movies, celebrating the nationwide rerelease of the James Dean classic East of Eden.
    Thursday 10 April 2014

  • 10 great teen films

    10 great teen films

    We chart the growing pains of the coming-of-age movie across the decades with a selection of 10 terrific teen movies.
    Friday 4 April 2014

  • 10 great films about doubles

    10 great films about doubles

    With Jesse Eisenberg acting alongside himself in Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double, we reflect on some of cinema’s best films featuring doubles, dead ringers and doppelgängers.
    Thursday 27 March 2014


  • 10 great films about sex

    10 great films about sex

    As Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac arrives in cinemas and on the BFI Player, we survey sex on film with a list of some of cinema’s naughtiest...
    Friday 21 February 2014


  • Behind the scenes: The Godfather trilogy

    Behind the scenes: The Godfather trilogy

    17 rare shots of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Francis Ford Coppola in production on one of film history’s greatest trilogies.
    Tuesday 18 February 2014


  • Studio Ghibli: five essential films

    Studio Ghibli: five essential films

    As the great Japanese animation studio nears its 30th anniversary and BFI Southbank mounts a full feature retrospective, we pick out five must-see...
    Wednesday 26 March 2014

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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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