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David Parkinson

David Parkinson has been a film critic and historian for 30 years. A contributing editor at Empire (for whom he produces the online Festivals & Seasons page), he also writes regularly for Radio Times, Oxford Times and MovieMail, and has also contributed to Sight & Sound and the Guardian and Focus Features websites. Among his many books are History of Film (Thames & Hudson, 2/e) and 100 Ideas That Changed Film (Laurence King). 

Articles by David Parkinson

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  • How to get into... film noir master Robert Siodmak

    German-born director Robert Siodmak has more A-grade film noirs to his name than just about anyone else, but where to start with a career that spanned four decades and as many countries?

    Friday, March 27, 2015


  • François Truffaut: 10 essential films

    The gentlest of the major directors of the French New Wave, François Truffaut made some of the movement’s best-loved classics, from Jules et Jim to Day for Night.

    Friday, February 6, 2015


  • John Ford: 10 essential films

    In his 50-year career, John Ford made some 140 feature films, including Oscar winners and some of the greatest westerns ever made. Here’s a rundown of his finest achievements.

    Friday, January 30, 2015


  • Eric Rohmer for beginners

    Everything you need to know when coming new to the beguiling world of French director Eric Rohmer, famous for his three great film series about love and relationships.

    Monday, January 5, 2015


  • 10 great films about making a fresh start

    With the start of a new year, and the rerelease of Eric Rohmer’s masterpiece The Green Ray in cinemas, here are 10 more classic films that offer possible inspiration for turning over a new leaf and starting over.

    Thursday, January 1, 2015


  • 10 great lesser-known time-travel films

    Trip back through history with our list of terrific time-travelling movies that deserve to be better known.

    Thursday, December 4, 2014


  • A user’s guide to the modern world... according to Jacques Tati

    The films of comic genius Jacques Tati take us on a tour of modern life, pitting Monsieur Hulot against the cities, buildings, cars, trains, furniture and gadgets that define our era.

    Friday, November 7, 2014


  • Marlon Brando – 10 roles that got away

    Performance with Mick Jagger and Marlon Brando? Brando as Lawrence of Arabia instead of Peter O’Toole? Over the decades, many now classic films sought the great method actor for their starring role. Here are 10 movies that would have been very different if Brando had been in them.

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014


  • 10 great battleship and war-at-sea films

    Battleships, submarines and sea warfare are the co-ordinates of this week’s list, in celebration of the London Film Festival Archive Gala screening and nationwide rerelease of one of the great, forgotten British war films.

    Thursday, October 16, 2014


  • Night Will Fall: the story of file number F3080

    In 1945, Allied forces filmed the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, but the shocking footage of what they found was subsequently shelved after the withdrawal of government support for the project. Nearly 70 years later, a new documentary tells the story of a vital memorial film that is finally seeing the light of day.

    Monday, September 15, 2014


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