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Waiting for the collapse: From Doomwatch to The Changes

Waiting for the collapse: From Doomwatch to The Changes

Frank Collins on 29th August / comments

Frank Collins explores British TV's distinctive contribution to the science fiction genre to mark the BFIís major celebration of the genre, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder and DVD release of 1975ís highly-regarded childrenís TV series, The Changes.

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Attenborough the Actor

Attenborough the Actor

David Parkinson on 2nd September / comments

Following the death of Richard Attenborough, much of the focus fell on his achievements as a director. But, as Crash Course reveals, he was also a fine character actor.

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M: Lorre's on the loose again!

M: Lorre's on the loose again!

Mike McCahill on 2nd September / comments

Fritz Langís touchstone 1931 thriller, with Peter Lorre as a child killer caught between Berlin cops and thugs, returns to UK screens this week as part of the BFIís Lorre retrospective. It remains a remarkably tough experience, reports Mike McCahill.

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Goto, Isle of Love - Borowczyk's inventive fantasy, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Goto, Isle of Love - Borowczyk's inventive fantasy, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 2nd September

A wonderfully strange, inventive fantasy. if the Quay Brothers had been hired to shoot a period remake of Terry Gilliamís Brazil, it might have looked a bit like this, writes Michael Brooke.

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The Leisen Touch

The Leisen Touch

James Oliver on 1st September / comments

The name might not ring a bell, but Mitchell Leisen is an overlooked master thanks to films such as Midnight and Easy Living, writes James Oliver.

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A Touch of Sin - a bold state-of-the-nation movie, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

A Touch of Sin - a bold state-of-the-nation movie, from £10.99 on DVD & Blu-ray

Mike McCahill on 1st September

As a state-of-the-nation address detailing a China in the grip of a rapacious capitalism, the four linked tales in Jia Zhang-keís film could scarcely be more forceful, writes Mike McCahill.

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Walerian Borowczyk: Short Films and Animation - 13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Walerian Borowczyk: Short Films and Animation - 13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 31st August

Containing the vast majority of the shorts that he made between 1959-84, this is a wildly imaginative set of films from the brilliant Polish artist and filmmaker, writes Michael Brooke.

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Blanche - Borowczyk's masterful medieval film, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Blanche - Borowczyk's masterful medieval film, restored, £13.99 on DVD+Blu-ray

Michael Brooke on 30th August

One of the great European art films in which Borowczyk brings a medieval world to life with an artist's eye. It now looks resplendent in a brand new restoration, writes Michael Brooke.

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The Dardennes: World cinema's brothers-in-arms

The Dardennes: World cinema's brothers-in-arms

Mike McCahill on 29th August / comments

Belgiumís Dardenne brothers emerged from industrial films to scoop the Palme díOr twice either side of the millennium. With their Two Days, One Night currently receiving much acclaim, Mike McCahill profiles two of cinemaís most committed humanists.

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The Honourable Woman - spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, £16.99 on DVD

The Honourable Woman - spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, £16.99 on DVD

Barry Forshaw on 29th August

Set against a backdrop of espionage and government paranoia, Hugo Blick's gripping new BBC drama is a reminder of just how good an actress Maggie Gyllenhall is, writes Barry Forshaw.

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Night Moves: Film of the Week

Night Moves: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Kelly Reichardt follows up her acclaimed Western Meekís Cutoff with a contemporary thriller tracking the efforts of young activists to blow up a hydroelectric dam. Itís a film of gripping twitches and flinches, writes Mike McCahill.

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Cider with Rosie - BBC's fine adaptation of Laurie Lee's book, £13.99 on DVD

Cider with Rosie - BBC's fine adaptation of Laurie Lee's book, £13.99 on DVD

Julian Upton on 28th August

Claude Whathamís film, shown on BBC2 in 1971 as a Christmas Day treat, still stands up as a satisfying visual experience. It's a fine adaptation of a fine book, writes Julian Upton.

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Waiting for the collapse: From Doomwatch to The Changes

Frank Collins on 29th August / comments

Frank Collins explores British TV's distinctive contribution to the science fiction genre to mark the BFIís major celebration of the genre, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder and DVD release of 1975ís highly-re...

Read

Attenborough the Actor

David Parkinson on 2nd September / comments

Following the death of Richard Attenborough, much of the focus fell on his achievements as a director. But, as Crash Course reveals, he was also a fine character actor.

Read

The Leisen Touch

James Oliver on 1st September / comments

The name might not ring a bell, but Mitchell Leisen is an overlooked master thanks to films such as Midnight and Easy Living, writes James Oliver.

Read

The Dardennes: World cinema's brothers-in-arms

Mike McCahill on 29th August / comments

Belgiumís Dardenne brothers emerged from industrial films to scoop the Palme díOr twice either side of the millennium. With their Two Days, One Night currently receiving much acclaim, Mike McCahill profiles ...

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Dostoevsky on Screen

David Parkinson on 26th August / comments

Marking the release of Richard Ayaode's The Double and Lav Diaz's Norte, The End of History on DVD, Crash Course delves into the screen career of Fedor Dostoevsky.

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Tracks: Rated S for Scorching

Mike McCahill on 24th August / comments

John Curran's drama, detailing the explorer Robyn Davidson's 1,700-mile trek across the Australian outback, reaches DVD and Blu-ray this week. It's a long haul - but what threats lie in store for the viewer?...

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