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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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  • Mark Fisher obituary: a thrillingly creative critic

    Challenging his readers to see the world in entirely new terms, Mark Fisher wrote exceptional criticism rooted in his scrutiny of high and low culture, his anti-capitalist politics and his dream of popular modernism. Sam Davies pays tribute to his late colleague.

    Sam Davies
    Tuesday 24 January 2017

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  • From the Magazine

    The departed: the filmmakers we lost in 2016

    Our full roll call of film figures who passed away in 2016, compiled by Bob Mastrangelo, with a graphic evocation in 12 panels by Naiel Ibarrola and Ehsan Khoshbakht, inspired by Kiarostami’s Where Is the Friend’s Home?

    Bob Mastrangelo, Ehsan Khoshbakht, Naiel Ibarrola
    Friday 20 January 2017

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    Vilmos Zsigmond obituary: the DP who made 1970s Hollywood golden

    The expat Hungarian cinematographer was celebrated for the subdued lighting and muted colours he brought to the New American Cinema, a look he attributed to the pre-electric kerosene-lit villages of his childhood. By Philip Kemp.

    Philip Kemp
    Thursday 19 January 2017

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    Debbie Reynolds obituary: the indelibly sunny face of Singin’ in the Rain (and other musicals)

    Debbie Reynolds had the colourful biography customary of Hollywood royalty – but she’ll be forever venerated for her on-screen high-water mark, says Nick James.

    Nick James
    Thursday 19 January 2017

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