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Features

How a pioneering cinema season tackled disability, 40 years ago

“If our title offends your sensibilities, then you need this season.” So began the programme notes for the BFI’s groundbreaking 1981 season Carry On Cripple, which aimed to show “the extent to which the cinema propagates harmful stereotypes” about disability.

By Henry K Miller

How a pioneering cinema season tackled disability, 40 years ago
Features

In the beginning: cinema’s murky origin story

By Peter Domankiewicz

In the beginning: cinema’s murky origin story
Features

The Watermelon Woman at 25: the Black lesbian classic that wears its brilliance lightly

By Chrystel Oloukoi

The Watermelon Woman at 25: the Black lesbian classic that wears its brilliance lightly
From the Sight and Sound archive

“Bogarde is exactly ripe for this role”: on the set of Visconti’s Death in Venice

By Margaret Hinxman

“Bogarde is exactly ripe for this role”: on the set of Visconti’s Death in Venice
In partnership with JNTO

A cinephile’s guide to Japan

By Jasper Sharp

A cinephile’s guide to Japan
Features

What to watch at the Glasgow Film Festival 2021

By Josh Slater-Williams

What to watch at the Glasgow Film Festival 2021
Features

Wong Kar Wai’s needle-drops: a journey through his melancholic soundscapes

By Kambole Campbell

Wong Kar Wai’s needle-drops: a journey through his melancholic soundscapes
Features

The many faces of Arsène Lupin

By Pamela Hutchinson

The many faces of Arsène Lupin
In partnership with JNTO

Kawase Naomi: looking from the outside in

By Jasper Sharp

Kawase Naomi: looking from the outside in
From the Sight and Sound archive

“I am NOT going to write my memoirs!”: Gloria Swanson talks pictures

By Rui Nogueira

“I am NOT going to write my memoirs!”: Gloria Swanson talks pictures
Features

Power to the people: Shaka King on Judas and the Black Messiah

By Nicholas Russell

Power to the people: Shaka King on Judas and the Black Messiah
Features

The many merry eras of Disney

By Sophie Determan

The many merry eras of Disney
Features

What to watch at the BFI Future Film Festival 2021 – the programmers’ picks

By Aleks Dimitrijevic, Chris Childs and others

What to watch at the BFI Future Film Festival 2021 – the programmers’ picks
Where to begin

Where to begin with Tsui Hark

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with Tsui Hark
Features

Beyond the tombstone: how British TV responded to the AIDS crisis

By Simon McCallum

Beyond the tombstone: how British TV responded to the AIDS crisis
In partnership with JNTO

Tokyo rising: how Japan’s new wave rose – and broke

By Donald Richie

Tokyo rising: how Japan’s new wave rose – and broke
Festivals

Rotterdam round-up: the best of the 2021 IFFR

By Kambole Campbell

Rotterdam round-up: the best of the 2021 IFFR
Features

Marlene Dietrich in the 1940s: The changing face of transgressive Hollywood

By Tamsin Cleary

Marlene Dietrich in the 1940s: The changing face of transgressive Hollywood
Features

Ways of filming: Mike Dibb in profile

By Matthew Harle

Ways of filming: Mike Dibb in profile
Where to stream

Where to stream the best Chinese-language films

By John Berra

Where to stream the best Chinese-language films
From the Sight and Sound archive

Funeral in Berlin: Marlene Dietrich and Germany

By Gertrud Koch

Funeral in Berlin: Marlene Dietrich and Germany
Where to begin

Where to begin with Mia Hansen-Løve

By David Morrison

Where to begin with Mia Hansen-Løve
Features

In the mood for loneliness and longing: How Wong Kar Wai depicts emotion

By Ann Lee

In the mood for loneliness and longing: How Wong Kar Wai depicts emotion
Where to begin

Where to begin with John Ford

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with John Ford
In partnership with JNTO

Eight new visions of Japan on screen in 2021

By Jasper Sharp

Eight new visions of Japan on screen in 2021
From the Sight and Sound archive

Wolves, lambs – and Clarice Starling: the rise of the serial killer in 1990s cinema

By Amy Taubin

Wolves, lambs – and Clarice Starling: the rise of the serial killer in 1990s cinema
Where to begin

Where to begin with Tobe Hooper

By Martyn Conterio

Where to begin with Tobe Hooper
Where to stream

Where to stream the best Scottish films

By Josh Slater-Williams

Where to stream the best Scottish films
From the Sight and Sound archive

How to dramatise a plague: a brief history of Aids on screen

By Simon McCallum

How to dramatise a plague: a brief history of Aids on screen
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