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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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    Pierre Etaix obituary: the clown we nearly forgot

    After a run of near-silent comic marvels worthy of comparison with his heroes Keaton, Linder and Tati through the 1960s, Etaix lost his mojo, his film rights and his reputation – but mercifully lived to see it resurrected by public demand. By Pamela Hutchinson.

    Pamela Hutchinson
    Thursday 19 January 2017

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  • From the Magazine

    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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  • Bruce Lacey obituary: an independent artist, visionary and showman

    The absurdist visions and quietly confrontational ritualist movies of this unique filmmaker are a testament to his irreverent, defiant creativity, writes William Fowler.

    William Fowler
    Tuesday 17 January 2017

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  • William Peter Blatty obituary: The Exorcist writer was on the side of the angels

    Mark Kermode remembers a mesmerising novelist turned filmmaker whose investigations of faith and evil across The Exorcist, The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III (aka Legion) were testament to his belief in an afterlife.

    Mark Kermode
    Tuesday 17 January 2017

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    Anton Yelchin obituary: a natural-born actor whose death shocked Hollywood

    Star Trek’s new Chekov and the star of indie favourites from Like Crazy to Green Room had a burgeoning career beckoning before his senseless death at 27 in a freak accident last summer. Kim Morgan (and Joe Dante) remember a tragically lost talent.

    Kim Morgan
    Tuesday 17 January 2017

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