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  • 10 great films set in Glasgow

    Scotland’s biggest city has provided the backdrop to everything from Ealing comedies to dystopian sci-fi. With Bill Forsyth’s That Sinking Feeling arriving on BFI Blu-ray/DVD, we pick 10 of the best Glasgow movies.
    Thursday 17 April 2014

  • New films from Mike Leigh and Ken Loach to compete at Cannes

    A biopic of J.M.W. Turner and a story of political activism in 1920s Ireland are the British selections for this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition.
    Thursday 17 April 2014

  • BBC2 at 50: how the Beeb’s second channel survived its disastrous opening night

    After a first night – in April 1964 – plagued by a power cut, BBC2 took a few years to find its feet before going on to golden years of innovative programming.
    Wednesday 16 April 2014

  • James Dean, teenager

    In the early rock ‘n’ roll era, James Dean’s bright flash of three films before his tragic death spoke to an adolescent audience like never before.
    Wednesday 16 April 2014

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  • The 10 best Alec Guinness performances

    Born on 2 April 1914, 100 years ago, Alec Guinness was one of British cinema’s most brilliant and versatile actors. To mark the centenary of his birth, we select his 10 most memorable performances.

    Patrick Fahy
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

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  • The Sight & Sound interview: James Benning

    Legendary for the formal rigour and patience of his landscape films, and for his devotion to 16mm, the American filmmaker and teacher has lately embraced digital technology. He talks about manipulation, reality, liberty, and the pleasures of watching paint dry with Nick Bradshaw.

    Nick Bradshaw
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

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  • Mark Cousins tells A Story of Children and Film

    As his inspiring look at childhood on film opens across the UK and on the BFI Player, filmmaker Mark Cousins tells us about the unknown classics of children’s cinema.

    Samuel Wigley
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

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  • Age of innocence: childhood on film

    Cinema’s fascination with childhood is as old as the medium itself, enabling filmmakers to depart from conventional modes of storytelling to reflect the undoubted otherness of youthful experience. By Pasquale Iannone.

    Pasquale Iannone
    Wednesday 2 April 2014

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  • The Eiffel Tower turns 125: the tower on film

    To celebrate the 125th birthday of Paris’s most famous landmark, we count down 15 memorable appearances of the Eiffel Tower on film.

    Monday 31 March 2014

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  • Video: LGBT celebrities on their favourite gay films

    TV stars and LGBT activists reveal the gay films that most inspired them.

    Monday 31 March 2014

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  • Shooting the message #15: ShootMedia

    A look at Walthamstow-based ShootMedia, whose video for ChildLine became the charity’s most successful issue-based film ever, resulting in a 1654% increase in traffic to their website.

    Patrick Russell
    Friday 28 March 2014

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  • Film of the week: 20 Feet from Stardom

    Foregrounding the background singers: Morgan Neville’s Oscar-winning documentary feels good, sounds great, says Kate Stables.

    Kate Stables
    Thursday 27 March 2014

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  • Journeys into night: the police thrillers of Yoshitaro Nomura

    Alexander Jacoby on the investigations of post-war Japan by Shochiku’s career exponent of sleek, subtle genre cinema.

    Alexander Jacoby
    Thursday 27 March 2014

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  • 10 great films about doubles

    With Jesse Eisenberg acting alongside himself in Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double, we reflect on some of cinema’s best films featuring doubles, dead ringers and doppelgängers.

    Michael Brooke
    Thursday 27 March 2014

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  • 10 great films about brothers

    10 great films about brothers

    Fraternal frictions, jealousy and brotherly love run high in our list of 10 classic brother movies, celebrating the nationwide rerelease of the James Dean classic East of Eden.
    Thursday 10 April 2014

  • 10 great teen films

    10 great teen films

    We chart the growing pains of the coming-of-age movie across the decades with a selection of 10 terrific teen movies.
    Friday 4 April 2014

  • 10 great films about doubles

    10 great films about doubles

    With Jesse Eisenberg acting alongside himself in Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double, we reflect on some of cinema’s best films featuring doubles, dead ringers and doppelgängers.
    Thursday 27 March 2014

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  • 10 great films about sex

    10 great films about sex

    As Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac arrives in cinemas and on the BFI Player, we survey sex on film with a list of some of cinema’s naughtiest...
    Friday 21 February 2014

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  • Behind the scenes: The Godfather trilogy

    Behind the scenes: The Godfather trilogy

    17 rare shots of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Francis Ford Coppola in production on one of film history’s greatest trilogies.
    Tuesday 18 February 2014

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  • Studio Ghibli: five essential films

    Studio Ghibli: five essential films

    As the great Japanese animation studio nears its 30th anniversary and BFI Southbank mounts a full feature retrospective, we pick out five must-see...
    Wednesday 26 March 2014

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  • Oscars 2014

    Oscars 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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  • BAFTAs 2014

    BAFTAs 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the British Academy Film Awards.

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