All articles by Philip Kemp

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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain puts cats centre stage in a film that’s filled with eccentric charm

Director Will Sharpe proves himself to be one of the UK’s most individual filmmakers with a colourful biopic on Victorian cat artist Louis Wain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

By Philip Kemp

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain puts cats centre stage in a film that’s filled with eccentric charm
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Being the Ricardos is a clunky but engaging look behind-the-scenes of 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy

By Philip Kemp

Being the Ricardos is a clunky but engaging look behind-the-scenes of 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy
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The Story of Film: A New Generation takes viewers on an enriching journey through a decade of cinema

By Philip Kemp

The Story of Film: A New Generation takes viewers on an enriching journey through a decade of cinema
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Dune succeeds by avoiding excessive fidelity to the original novel

By Philip Kemp

Dune succeeds by avoiding excessive fidelity to the original novel
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Frankie takes a siesta in the Portuguese sun

By Philip Kemp

Frankie takes a siesta in the Portuguese sun
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Homeward sends a father and son on a Crimean pilgrimage

By Philip Kemp

Homeward sends a father and son on a Crimean pilgrimage
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Man in Room 301 is a Nordic drama that sees a simmering family feud boil over

By Philip Kemp

Man in Room 301 is a Nordic drama that sees a simmering family feud boil over
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Minari puts faith in the verdant fields of a Korean family’s Arkansas farm

By Philip Kemp

Minari puts faith in the verdant fields of a Korean family’s Arkansas farm
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The Mauritanian is a frighteningly convincing tale of Guantánamo internment

By Philip Kemp

The Mauritanian is a frighteningly convincing tale of Guantánamo internment
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My Father and Me is a tender snapshot of a working-class photographer’s life

By Philip Kemp

My Father and Me is a tender snapshot of a working-class photographer’s life
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Blithe Spirit unbuttons Noël Coward’s marital farce

By Philip Kemp

Blithe Spirit unbuttons Noël Coward’s marital farce
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Let Him Go showcases a battle royale of two matriarch titans

By Philip Kemp

Let Him Go showcases a battle royale of two matriarch titans
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Patrick lays bare grief in a nudist threnody for a missing hammer

By Philip Kemp

Patrick lays bare grief in a nudist threnody for a missing hammer
From the Sight and Sound archive

Satire with tweezers: Alexander Mackendrick’s The Ladykillers

By Philip Kemp

Satire with tweezers: Alexander Mackendrick’s The Ladykillers
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Koko-di Koko-da review: animals, nursery rhymes and murders

By Philip Kemp

Koko-di Koko-da review: animals, nursery rhymes and murders
Lists

Forgotten treasures of the multiplex

By Ryan Gilbey, Nick James and others

Forgotten treasures of the multiplex
The best of 2020

Tenet: Christopher Nolan throws time for a loop

By Philip Kemp

Tenet: Christopher Nolan throws time for a loop
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A White, White Day review: grief in the mist

By Philip Kemp

A White, White Day review: grief in the mist
Interviews

Earl Cameron remembers his debut in Ealing’s Pool of London

By Philip Kemp

Earl Cameron remembers his debut in Ealing’s Pool of London
Features

The many faces of Federico Fellini – part four: la famiglia Fellini

By Philip Kemp

The many faces of Federico Fellini – part four: la famiglia Fellini
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Mr. Jones review: the horrors of the Holodomor, witnessed by a Welsh reporter

By Philip Kemp

Mr. Jones review: the horrors of the Holodomor, witnessed by a Welsh reporter
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No Fathers in Kashmir review: a deeply felt film about a region blighted by violence

By Philip Kemp

No Fathers in Kashmir review: a deeply felt film about a region blighted by violence
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The many faces of Federico Fellini – part one: the neorealist

By Philip Kemp

The many faces of Federico Fellini – part one: the neorealist
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The Two Popes review: opposites attract in this brilliantly acted tale of papal succession

By Philip Kemp

The Two Popes review: opposites attract in this brilliantly acted tale of papal succession
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Permission review: an Iranian woman fights for the right to footie

By Philip Kemp

Permission review: an Iranian woman fights for the right to footie
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The Good Liar review: Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen play cat-and-mouse

By Philip Kemp

The Good Liar review: Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen play cat-and-mouse
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American Woman review: Sienna Miller breaks through as a bereaved rust-belt mother

By Philip Kemp

American Woman review: Sienna Miller breaks through as a bereaved rust-belt mother
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The Favourite review: a rich and ribald royal farce

By Philip Kemp

The Favourite review: a rich and ribald royal farce
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Film of the week: Redoubtable falls out of love with Jean-Luc Godard

By Philip Kemp

Film of the week: Redoubtable falls out of love with Jean-Luc Godard
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