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  • Roger Moore obituary: the star who gave James Bond a martini-dry wit 

    The endearingly modest actor with famously flexible eyebrows claimed he did little more than learn his lines and avoid the scenery, but his talent helped him to segue from TV’s The Saint to become a beloved 007, noted for his easy charm and sex appeal, says Kevin Lyons.

    Kevin Lyons, Patrick Fahy
    Thursday 25 May 2017

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  • Jonathan Demme obituary: a cinema of heart and soul, funk and fight

    From the Roger Corman pumphouse to The Silence of the Lambs’s Oscar triumph, Stop Making Sense’s concert-doc ingenuity to portraits of social-justice fighters, Jonathan Demme left a legacy of richly independent movies celebrating life’s underdogs, writes David Thompson.

    David Thompson
    Tuesday 9 May 2017

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  • Bill Paxton obituary: “the one who wasn’t Tom Hanks or Kevin Bacon”

    From supporting roles in the likes of Near Dark, Apollo 13 and most of the films of his friend James Cameron to his indie star turns in One False Move and A Simple Plan, Bill Paxton was a reliably colourful complement to an impressive tally of American movies, says Trevor Johnston.

    Trevor Johnston
    Friday 3 March 2017

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  • Suzuki Seijun obituary: Japanese cinema’s dazzler of the deep Bs

    The director of such gonzo genre whammies as Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill made his way to the wild side, first within the Japanese studio system, then without it, records Tony Rayns.

    Tony Rayns
    Wednesday 1 March 2017

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  • Richard Schickel obituary: the critic who knew enough

    Time magazine’s film critic for 45 years, Richard Schickel was also a cinema historian, lecturer and prolific author of books, movies and DVD commentaries about pedigree Hollywood. David Thomson hails a gruff friend and colleague.

    David Thomson
    Friday 24 February 2017

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  • Alan Simpson obituary: a Beckett of the small screen

    With his Galton and Simpson writing partner Ray Galton, the man behind Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe & Son was a master of post-war ennui and despair, says Andrew Roberts.

    Andrew Roberts
    Monday 13 February 2017

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  • David Shepard obituary: silent film’s great hunter-sharer

    No mere film collector, the archivist David Shepard, who has died aged 76, was a devoted historian, a fastidious restorer and above all a generous promulgator of his prints and his knowledge, writes Pamela Hutchinson.

    Pamela Hutchinson
    Thursday 2 February 2017

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  • John Hurt obituary: a pure and unswerving trouper

    A confirmed thespian from his school days onwards, John Hurt acted in over 200 films and television dramas across 55 years, leaving his mark in roles from Jesus to Caligula, Quentin Crisp to The Elephant Man. Philip Kemp records the career of a screen champion.

    Philip Kemp
    Monday 30 January 2017

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  • Emmanuelle Riva obituary: an actor formidable in love and loss

    Bookending her career with unforgettable, implacable performances as the post-atomic lover of Hiroshima Mon Amour and the Alzheimer’s-afflicted partner of Amour, Emmanuelle Riva projected a sharp intelligence and will that made her a rare proto-feminist on the early 1960s French screen, writes Ginette Vincendeau.

    Ginette Vincendeau
    Monday 30 January 2017

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  • John Hurt: an indelible British treasure

    From his charismatically gruff, genial presence in an endlessly varying procession of screen roles to his torch-bearing for the art of British cinema, John Hurt, who has died aged 77, richly deserves his place in the annals of British film and television. Nick James offers an insight into what made Hurt great.

    Nick James
    Saturday 28 January 2017

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