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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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  • 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


  • 10 great prison break films

    Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch’s off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.

    Thursday, September 11, 2014


  • The 10 best Peter Lorre performances

    From his astonishing debut as the child-killer in Fritz Lang’s M, Peter Lorre went on to become one of Hollywood’s best-recognised character actors. As a BFI Southbank season pays tribute, here’s a run down of his 10 greatest appearances.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014


  • 10 great wuxia (swordplay) films

    Based in a centuries-old genre of Chinese literature, the wuxia martial arts movie takes place in a world of swords, sorcery, chivalry and romance. Here are 10 of its jaw-dropping milestones.

    Thursday, June 26, 2014


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