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  • Video: A tour through French noir

    What makes French film noir French? Dive down to the lowest depths with Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin’s video abstract, charting six key Gallic characteristics of cinema’s most alluringly brooding genre.

    Cristina Álvarez López, Adrian Martin
    Friday 4 November 2016

    Video

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    How the French birthed film noir

    Harder, deeper, darker: Ginette Vincendeau on how the French fused urban realism, underclass romance and shadow politics to produce some of the cinema’s keynote fatal fantasies.

    Ginette Vincendeau
    Friday 4 November 2016

    Deep Focus

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Nocturnal Animals

    Michael Shannon lends a veneer of gothic wit to Tom Ford’s otherwise all too glassy looking-glass thriller, says Adam Nayman.

    Adam Nayman
    Thursday 3 November 2016

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Experimenta 2016: Explosions at the end of the line

    From Bill Morrison’s history dig in the Yukon to Fiona Tan’s decolonial meditation on Mount Fuji, much of this year’s LFF Experimenta delved back into cinema’s past to forge funky and unfamiliar visions of the medium’s future, writes Sophie Mayer.

    Sophie Mayer
    Wednesday 2 November 2016

    Festivals

  • Waking nightmares at FrightFest Halloween 2016

    The annual horror movie marathon may no longer be an after-hours affair, but this year’s selection offered many films obsessed with bedtime and the fear of things that go bump in the night, says Anton Bitel.

    Anton Bitel
    Wednesday 2 November 2016

    Festivals

  • Why is it so hard to see East Asian films in UK cinemas?

    A few years back, East Asian cinema experienced a boom in popularity, but these days, most titles find it difficult to get even a small release in the UK. Can audiences learn to embrace Eastern cinema once again, asks Anton Bitel?

    Anton Bitel
    Monday 31 October 2016

    Features

  • Nonfiction haven: Camden, Maine’s festival on the rise

    A burgeoning US hub for the cinematic documentary scene, New England’s Camden International Film Festival encompasses multitudes – including, this year, a standout six-minute archival portrait of municipal farce and hubris. Ashley Clark reports.

    Ashley Clark
    Monday 31 October 2016

    Festivals

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    Film of the week: Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch brings some supreme sorcery to the role of Marvel’s differently abled bighead in a movie that takes 3D to the Mirror Dimension, says Kim Newman.

    Kim Newman
    Saturday 29 October 2016

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Hex appeal: how witches charmed the cinema

    Witches are not just for Halloween, or for horror movies. Charlotte Richardson Andrews celebrates the screen’s sexier, more sisterly sorceresses: symbols of divine feminine magic and healing rather than bloodthirsty she-devils. With video by Leigh Singer.

    Charlotte Richardson Andrews
    Friday 28 October 2016

    Features

  • New narratives: Spanish stories at London Film Festival 2016

    Five surprising films by Spanish and Latin American directors at this year’s LFF explored the consolations and tricks offered by storytelling.

    Mar Diestro-Dópido
    Saturday 22 October 2016

    Festivals

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