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    Fantastique: the dream worlds of French cinema

    French cinema has always been lauded for its works of dramatic realism, but from the medium’s earliest days a rival tradition has flourished, incorporating elements of fantasy, horror and science fiction into bizarre, atmospheric tales in which the unexplained and the supernatural intrude into reality. By Virginie Sélavy.

    Virginie Sélavy
    Monday 29 October 2018

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    Deep focus: The other side of 80s America

    Amid the 1980s’ ‘Morning in America’ reckoning, the ‘high concept’ spectacles, cartoonish action and the bottom line, some filmmakers who persisted in making personal, often overlooked films that revealed the other side of Reaganism’s patriotic bluster and hollow optimism. Nick Pinkerton explores the flipside of 1980s American cinema, with a video essay by Sierra Pettengill.

    Nick Pinkerton, Sierra Pettengill
    Monday 28 May 2018

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    Tears and laughter: 10 female stars of Golden Age Japanese cinema

    Many of the greatest post-war Japanese films owe much of their power and sophistication to their leading ladies as they explore the experiences of women struggling to find their place in a conservative culture in social and technological flux. Alexander Jacoby profiles ten headline actresses for our latest Deep Focus season.

    Alexander Jacoby
    Thursday 16 November 2017

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    The black feminine on screen: 11 key auteurs

    From Daughters of the Dust to Lemonade, a distinctly interior, subjective aesthetic binds a number of films made by and about black women. Tega Okiti spotlights 11 of the varied individuals and collectives at the heart of this often marginalised cinematic tradition.

    Tega Okiti
    Saturday 17 June 2017

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    How the French birthed film noir

    Harder, deeper, darker: Ginette Vincendeau on how the French fused urban realism, underclass romance and shadow politics to produce some of the cinema’s keynote fatal fantasies.

    Ginette Vincendeau
    Friday 4 November 2016

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    The psychological western

    Born in the extrovert idealism of the frontier drama, the western was slow to adapt to the social malaise and anti-communist paranoia of the post-war period. Graham Fuller explains how it took its dark turn to incorporate contemporary socio-politics and psychology, with 12 case studies.

    Graham Fuller
    Monday 9 May 2016

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    The Tarkovsky legacy

    Nick James explores the enduring influence of the great Russian arthouse pioneer Andrei Tarkovsky on an eclectic array of filmmakers of the past 30 years, from Lars von Trier and Terrence Malick to Béla Tarr and Claire Denis.

    Nick James
    Friday 27 November 2015

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    Southern Gothic

    Nick Pinkerton is your guide through the cinema of the Gothic tradition from the American South – films steeped in dark family secrets, lost loves and the ghosts of slavery, set in crumbling ante-bellum mansions, populated by exiles and eccentrics and coloured by the prospect of macabre violence.

    Nick Pinkerton
    Sunday 10 May 2015

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    Birth of the Method: the revolution in American acting

    Foster Hirsch on the history of the revolution in American acting, plus James Bell’s selection of 12 ‘Method’ classics.

    Foster Hirsch, James Bell
    Friday 31 October 2014

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    Pre-Code: Hollywood before the censors

    In a brief window between 1930 and 1934, Hollywood studios were able to portray America with previously unseen realism. Mike Mashon explores the campaign for moral oversight, while James Bell examines filmmakers’ depiction of taboo subjects from adultery and poverty to crime.

    Mike Mashon, James Bell
    Wednesday 30 April 2014

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