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Matthew Thrift

Matthew Thrift is a freelance film writer and actor. He contributes to Little White Lies, The Guardian, and is editor of UK film blog, Cinephile.

Articles by Matthew Thrift

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  • Mikio Naruse 110th anniversary: 10 essential films

    On the 110th anniversary of his birth, we offer the internet a canon of some of the finest films from the long career of Mikio Naruse, one of Japan’s greatest filmmakers.

    Thursday, August 20, 2015


  • 16 incredible long takes

    To celebrate the rerelease of Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil, which opens with one of cinema’s most famous and most suspenseful extended takes, Matthew Thrift goes long on 16 more amazing sequence shots.

    Monday, July 13, 2015


  • 10 best action movies

    Buckle up for our list of 10 of the greatest action films ever made.

    Monday, June 22, 2015


  • The A-Z of Carl Theodor Dreyer

    As some of his greatest films arrive in high definition as a Blu-ray box set, we get to grips with one of the world’s most essential filmmakers. It’s as easy as A, B, C…

    Thursday, April 23, 2015


  • 10 great films that deserve to be better known

    To mark National Awareness Week (well, April Fools’ Day), we champion 10 films that have slipped through the cracks of movie history but await rediscovery.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015


  • Cinema in the rubble: movies made in the ruins of postwar Germany

    Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, Cary Grant and Marlene Dietrich are among the actors and directors who – like Roberto Rossellini with Germany, Year Zero – went to Germany in the aftermath of the Second World War, to film stories amid the rubble of a country in ruins.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015


  • 10 great trilogies

    As Roberto Rossellini’s groundbreaking War trilogy makes its UK debut on Blu-ray, we round up 10 more of film history’s very best trilogies.

    Thursday, March 19, 2015


  • 8 things we learned from Star Wars Day

    Special guests and awe-inspiring fancy dress made back-to-back screeenings of the original Star Wars trilogy at BFI Southbank a day to remember. Here’s what we’ll take away from it.

    Monday, December 15, 2014


  • The 10 best Disney films

    No two lists of the greatest Disney animated films could ever be the same: each generation grows up with a different era of movies and we all have our memories and preferences. How many of these 10 do you agree with?

    Friday, December 5, 2014


  • 10 great American sci-fi films of the 1950s

    In the 1950s, cold war paranoia and the fear of imminent destruction gave rise to an unparalleled wave of alien invasion movies and apocalyptic space adventures. As Invasion of the Body Snatchers returns to cinemas, we count down 10 of the best.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014


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