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With the ferociously brilliant Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the director created new vistas for horror cinema, and became a catalyst for independent filmmaking in his home state, remembers Nick Pinkerton.
Friday 1 September 2017
This glamorous star played a modern, liberated woman even in the most regressive comedies, and found international fame in Jean-Luc Godard’s celebrated Week End, writes Ginette Vincendeau.
Wednesday 30 August 2017
Comic star whose childlike persona hardened into a more disciplined style. He should be remembered not just for his cartoonish gags and his partnership with Dean Martin, but also as a distinctive filmmaker, writes Jonathan Romney.
Wednesday 23 August 2017
Andrew Roberts on an impressively versatile British actor, remembered for a raft of striking film and TV characters, from a chilling psychopath in Twisted Nerve to the definitive Ricki Tarr and the sardonic lead in Shelley.
Friday 11 August 2017
Renowned for her star-making turn in Jules et Jim and her collaborations with Louis Malle and Orson Welles, the iconic French actor aided the birth of the nouvelle vague with her downcast glamour and husky voice, says Ginette Vincendeau.
Monday 31 July 2017
From Martin Landau’s searing early role as the pent-up henchman of North by Northwest to latter-day recognition in Crimes and Misdemeanors and Ed Wood, his blazing blue eyes had it – but what was it, asks Kim Morgan?
Friday 21 July 2017
The co-founder of Britain’s key arthouse distribution and exhibition company Artificial Eye (and later New Wave) introduced British filmgoers to a deep seam of world cinema across four decades, says Geoff Andrew.
Wednesday 19 July 2017
The original Night of the Living Dead pioneer gave us a new vision of both horror movies and of social apocalypse – and his influence just keeps on rising. Kim Newman pays tribute to the late titan of savage satire.
Monday 17 July 2017
The affable and erudite host of BBC TV’s flagship film programme for a quarter of a century, Barry Norman was the first word on cinema for a generation of British filmgoers, says Geoff Andrew.
Saturday 1 July 2017
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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