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Interviews

Christopher Nolan: a showman’s odyssey

The multiple Oscar nominations for Oppenheimer, together with box office of $1 billion, have confirmed the director’s unique ability to sell complex, cerebral themes to a mass audience. As he prepared to receive a BFI Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to cinema, he talked about filming physics, creative collaborations and the filmmakers who were his own greatest influences.

By James Bell

Christopher Nolan: a showman’s odyssey
Lists

The best British TV of 2022, as picked by BFI curators

By James Bell, Ros Cranston and others

The best British TV of 2022, as picked by BFI curators
Lists

100 BBC TV gamechangers

By Lisa Kerrigan, Nadia Attia and others

100 BBC TV gamechangers
Best of 2021

The best new British TV of 2021, picked by BFI curators

By Lisa Kerrigan, James Bell and others

The best new British TV of 2021, picked by BFI curators
Interviews

The post-punk look: Dick Pope on remastering Mike Leigh’s Naked

By James Bell

The post-punk look: Dick Pope on remastering Mike Leigh’s Naked
Interviews

Nicholas Britell on the writing the score for The Underground Railroad

By James Bell

Nicholas Britell on the writing the score for The Underground Railroad
From the Sight and Sound archive

Remake/remodel: 45 weird and wonderful alternative film cuts

By James Bell, Tom Charity and others

Remake/remodel: 45 weird and wonderful alternative film cuts
From the Sight and Sound archive

The needle and the damage done: Paul Thomas Anderson on Phantom Thread

By James Bell

The needle and the damage done: Paul Thomas Anderson on Phantom Thread
Best of 2020

The best television series of 2020

By James Bell

The best television series of 2020
Interviews

“There’s heartbreak in someone losing themselves”: Relic director Natalie Erika James on her love of gothic and Asian horror

By James Bell

“There’s heartbreak in someone losing themselves”: Relic director Natalie Erika James on her love of gothic and Asian horror
Lists

Forgotten treasures of the multiplex

By Ryan Gilbey, Nick James and others

Forgotten treasures of the multiplex
Polls

The best TV series of 2019

By James Bell, Isabel Stevens and others

The best TV series of 2019
Polls

Critics’ 50 Greatest Documentaries of All Time

By Nick James, Brian Winston and others

Critics’ 50 Greatest Documentaries of All Time
Polls

The DVDs of 2011

By James Bell

The DVDs of 2011
News

Eastern promises

By James Bell

Eastern promises
Reviews

American – The Bill Hicks Story review

By James Bell

American – The Bill Hicks Story review
Polls

The 10 best films of 2013

By Nick James, James Bell and others

The 10 best films of 2013
News

Films for film’s sake: Tromsø 2015

By James Bell

Films for film’s sake: Tromsø 2015
News

London 2011: It’s a wrap!

By Geoff Andrew, James Bell and others

London 2011: It’s a wrap!
Polls

The DVDs of 2010

By James Bell

The DVDs of 2010
News

London 2009: Underground, overground

By Nick Bradshaw and James Bell

London 2009: Underground, overground
News

London 2010: It’s a wrap!

By James Bell, Nick Bradshaw and others

London 2010: It’s a wrap!
Features

In a lonely place: North Korea’s Pyongyang International Film Festival

By James Bell

In a lonely place: North Korea’s Pyongyang International Film Festival
Features

Takamine Hideko, 1924-2010

By James Bell

Takamine Hideko, 1924-2010
Features

Birth of the Method: the revolution in American acting

By James Bell

Birth of the Method: the revolution in American acting
Features

Vintage film posters from the days before the censor

By James Bell

Vintage film posters from the days before the censor
Deep focus

Pre-Code: Hollywood before the censors

By Mike Mashon and James Bell

Pre-Code: Hollywood before the censors
Reviews

DVD review: Wilder at heart

By James Bell

DVD review: Wilder at heart
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