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Features

Pleasures and pains of the flesh: women, physical autonomy and the New French Extremity

In the taboo-busting films of the New French Extremity, female protagonists often break free of the shackles imposed by conventional cinema. Desires are quenched; boundaries tested.

By Nikki Baughan

Pleasures and pains of the flesh: women, physical autonomy and the New French Extremity
Where to begin

Where to begin with Sam Raimi

By Martyn Conterio

Where to begin with Sam Raimi
From the Sight and Sound archive

Harvey Keitel on working with Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Abel Ferrara

By David Thompson

Harvey Keitel on working with Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Abel Ferrara
Features

Celtic cinema’s quiet coming of age

By Derek O’Connor

Celtic cinema’s quiet coming of age
Features

When Robert Altman made a rural horror movie: 50 years of Images

By Adam Scovell

When Robert Altman made a rural horror movie: 50 years of Images
Features

Vampyr at 90: how Carl Dreyer conjured a waking nightmare

By Alex Barrett

Vampyr at 90: how Carl Dreyer conjured a waking nightmare
Features

Pointing the finger: the ending of The Housemaid

By Lisa Mullen

Pointing the finger: the ending of The Housemaid
From the Sight and Sound archive

Flickers

By Chris Petit

Flickers
From the Sight and Sound archive

From the archive: can Spider-Man do the comics justice?

By David Thompson

From the archive: can Spider-Man do the comics justice?
Festivals

Visions du Réel 2022: despatches from Lake Geneva’s documentary festival

By Lou Thomas

Visions du Réel 2022: despatches from Lake Geneva’s documentary festival
Features

Endings: The Passion of Anna

By Noel Hess

Endings: The Passion of Anna
Where to begin

Where to begin with Mike Hodges

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with Mike Hodges
From the Sight and Sound archive

The woman in the moon: Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born

By Garrett Stewart

The woman in the moon: Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born
Then and now

Bronco Bullfrog: how the locations from the suedehead classic look today

By Adam Scovell

Bronco Bullfrog: how the locations from the suedehead classic look today
From the Sight and Sound archive

“I'm proud of being me”: Maggie Cheung, from As Tears Go By to Irma Vep

By Bérénice Reynaud

“I'm proud of being me”: Maggie Cheung, from As Tears Go By to Irma Vep
Features

Inside Ukraine’s film archive

By Isabel Stevens

Inside Ukraine’s film archive
Then and now

60 years of Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7: how the Paris locations look today

By Adam Scovell

60 years of Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7: how the Paris locations look today
Features

Other Oceanias: a short history of Nineteen Eighty-Four adaptations

By George Bass

Other Oceanias: a short history of Nineteen Eighty-Four adaptations
Where to begin

Where to begin with John Schlesinger

By Chloe Walker

Where to begin with John Schlesinger
Talkies

Cine wanderer: An Italian in Warsaw

By Phuong Le

Cine wanderer: An Italian in Warsaw
Talkies

The long take: The feminine West

By Pamela Hutchinson

The long take: The feminine West
Where to begin

Where to begin with Liv Ullmann

By Alex Barrett

Where to begin with Liv Ullmann
From the Sight and Sound archive

Not Quite So Intimate: Nigel Kneale in 1959

Not Quite So Intimate: Nigel Kneale in 1959
From the Sight and Sound archive

Dreaming in the light: Hugh Hudson on David Lean

Dreaming in the light: Hugh Hudson on David Lean
Then and now

From The Stone Tape to Quatermass: unearthing Nigel Kneale locations today

By Adam Scovell

From The Stone Tape to Quatermass: unearthing Nigel Kneale locations today
Features

TRAMPS! The glammed-up misfits pushing punk in a new direction

By El Hunt

TRAMPS! The glammed-up misfits pushing punk in a new direction
Where to begin

Where to begin with Masaaki Yuasa

By Kambole Campbell

Where to begin with Masaaki Yuasa
Features

In pictures: 16 striking film posters from BFI Flare 2022

In pictures: 16 striking film posters from BFI Flare 2022
Then and now

The Ipcress File: tracking down the locations for the Michael Caine spy classic

By Adam Scovell

The Ipcress File: tracking down the locations for the Michael Caine spy classic
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