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Are you sitting uncomfortably? From medieval witches to prison fights, Hitchcock’s gruesome visions to a UFO death cult, the transgressive, marginal and sometimes deeply odd films in this year’s Cult programme are full of surprises, writes Anton Bitel.
Tuesday 3 October 2017
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The BFI’s new searchable graphic database of British film production credits since 1911 shows us the stark historical lack of opportunities for women – but behind the dismal numbers there are characters with stories to be told, says Pamela Hutchinson.
Friday 29 September 2017
Fears that programming cuts would damage the diversity of TIFF were allayed by a bold selection of experimental, short and gallery films, including a dazzling meditation on a hip colour, a disquieting study of a cannibal and a careful portrait of bodybuilders, writes Jordan Cronk.
Wednesday 27 September 2017
The flipside of the director’s famed portraits of hubristic male adventurers, this Gertrude Bell biopic, still undistributed in the UK, not only features a rare female Herzogian protagonist but willingly adopts the style of a Nicole Kidman vehicle, writes Brad Stevens.
Tuesday 26 September 2017
The cult actor best loved for his heartsick turn in Paris, Texas graced classic American films from the 60s on – playing a series of grizzled characters who looked as if they would rather be anywhere else, writes Tom Charity.
Friday 22 September 2017
Our critics’ top tips to the best of this year’s world cinema showcase, from the big-ticket galas (including our own special presentation) to the rarer choices with no UK distribution plans in place.
Sight & Sound Editors
Friday 15 September 2017
In a 16th-century leprosarium accessible only by an antique boat, festival-goers were able to explore new interactive narratives via a wildly diverse set of entries in Venice’s first VR competition, reports Paul O’Callaghan.
Tuesday 12 September 2017
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
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