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From the Sight and Sound archive

Salaam Bombay! ranks with the masterpieces of neo-realism

Mira Nair’s stunning debut exploring the lives of Indian street children carries the narrative’s rich ambiguity through to its final scene, as Alex Dudok de Wit wrote in this piece first published in our October 2017 issue.

By Alex Dudok de Wit

Salaam Bombay! ranks with the masterpieces of neo-realism
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The space between: when games allow our imagination to fill in the blanks

By Henry Barnes

The space between: when games allow our imagination to fill in the blanks
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What to watch at the London Indian Film Festival

By Krushil Patel

What to watch at the London Indian Film Festival
Where to begin

Where to begin with Márta Mészáros

By Carmen Gray

Where to begin with Márta Mészáros
From the Sight and Sound archive

Hell freezes over: the Coen brothers on Fargo

By Lizzie Francke

Hell freezes over: the Coen brothers on Fargo
Then and now

Mona Lisa: going back to the locations of the British neo-noir, 35 years later

By Adam Scovell

Mona Lisa: going back to the locations of the British neo-noir, 35 years later
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Killers in the mist: the final scene of Gun Crazy

By Beatrice Loayza

Killers in the mist: the final scene of Gun Crazy
Where to begin

Where to begin with Ousmane Sembène

By Chrystel Oloukoï

Where to begin with Ousmane Sembène
From the Sight and Sound archive

Keeping a distance: Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman

By Janet Bergstrom

Keeping a distance: Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman
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It takes a village: how Resident Evil fans are improving the franchise

By Katie Granger

It takes a village: how Resident Evil fans are improving the franchise
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Vile VHS: unspooling the history of the ‘video nasty’ controversy

By Kim Newman

Vile VHS: unspooling the history of the ‘video nasty’ controversy
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Revisiting pioneering transgender documentary A Change of Sex 40 years on

By Rachel Pronger

Revisiting pioneering transgender documentary A Change of Sex 40 years on
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Against the rules: anarchist cinema then and now

By Richard Porton

Against the rules: anarchist cinema then and now
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Where is my mind? What video games taught me about other people

By Katie Granger

Where is my mind? What video games taught me about other people
Then and now

Richard Burton’s London: revisiting the locations of gangland classic Villain, 50 years later

By Adam Scovell

Richard Burton’s London: revisiting the locations of gangland classic Villain, 50 years later
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An archive-only BBC Four means losing a platform for quiet documentary storytelling

By Jeanie Finlay

An archive-only BBC Four means losing a platform for quiet documentary storytelling
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Dim the lights: the spell of watching films in the dark

By Peter Conrad

Dim the lights: the spell of watching films in the dark
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Call me by my name: Thandiwe Newton and the whitewashing of film stars’ names

By Christina Newland

Call me by my name: Thandiwe Newton and the whitewashing of film stars’ names
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100 years of the British phone box: a design icon on screen

By Emilia Rolewicz

100 years of the British phone box: a design icon on screen
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“Rearrange their faces and give them all another name”: on Bob Dylan and I’m Not There

By Michael Gray

“Rearrange their faces and give them all another name”: on Bob Dylan and I’m Not There
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One more time: nostalgia and gaming’s remake culture

By Stuart Burnside

One more time: nostalgia and gaming’s remake culture
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Quarantine foreseen: the films that accidentally predicted the pandemic

By Jonathan Romney

Quarantine foreseen: the films that accidentally predicted the pandemic
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Muriel Box: the government files on the work of Britain’s pioneering female director

By Josephine Botting and Sarah Castagnetti

Muriel Box: the government files on the work of Britain’s pioneering female director
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Cinema paradiso: a tour through the BFI Southbank’s history

By Pamela Hutchinson

Cinema paradiso: a tour through the BFI Southbank’s history
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Playing a round: loops, lockdown and Atomicrops

By Henry Barnes

Playing a round: loops, lockdown and Atomicrops
From the Sight and Sound archive

On beauties and their beasts

By Marina Warner

On beauties and their beasts
Where to begin

Where to begin with Jean Cocteau

By Alex Barrett

Where to begin with Jean Cocteau
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Jungle Fever at 30: Spike Lee’s thorny interracial love story

By Alex Ramon

Jungle Fever at 30: Spike Lee’s thorny interracial love story
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In pictures: Makeup in the age of the flapper

By Nigel Arthur

In pictures: Makeup in the age of the flapper
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