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MovieMail Quiz--Singers Who Act or Actors Who Sing?

MovieMail Quiz--Singers Who Act or Actors Who Sing?

22nd April

Simply Media recently released Stanley Kramer's medical drama, Not As a Stranger (1955), which includes a little-seen dramatic role for Frank Sinatra. Consequently, this month...

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Find out how you did! Eastern European Quiz - answers now live!

Find out how you did! Eastern European Quiz - answers now live!

27th February

This month's quiz centres on cinema in Eastern Europe between the coming of talkies and the new waves of the post-Communist era. The questions cover films and film-makers from countrie...

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Far from the Madding Crowd: a less than Hardy adaptation

Far from the Madding Crowd: a less than Hardy adaptation

Mike McCahill on 28th April / comments

This latest adaptation of the Thomas Hardy perennial finds Carey Mulliganís Bathsheba vacillating between suitors Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. Itís pretty enough, but whereís...

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Exit: a lonely woman finds a way out in a striking Taiwanese drama

Exit: a lonely woman finds a way out in a striking Taiwanese drama

Mike McCahill on 27th April / comments

This moody Taiwanese drama concerns a lonely middle-aged woman who finds solace in her relationship with an incapacitated man. Itís an intriguing sophomore feature from former cinematographer Hsiang C...

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8 1/2: masterpiece or mess?

8 1/2: masterpiece or mess?

Mike McCahill on 27th April / comments

Federico Felliniís autobiographical 1963 fantasia, charting the struggles of a director to bring his next project to the screen, returns to UK cinemas this weekend. Mike McCahill takes another look at...

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The Falling: Film of the Week

The Falling: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 24th April / comments

Carol Morleyís follow-up to her 2011 hit Dreams of a Life depicts a mass fainting outbreak among the pupils of a remote Home Counties school. Donít expect easy answers, but its mysteries should stay w...

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The Good Lie: an extraordinary journey

The Good Lie: an extraordinary journey

Mike McCahill on 24th April / comments

This true-life drama pays tribute to the so-called Lost Boys - those Sudanese migrants who fled their war-torn country at the turn of the last millennium to seek better lives elsewhere. It makes for a...

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Me, Myself and Mum

Me, Myself and Mum

Mike McCahill on 24th April

This yearís Best Film winner at Franceís Cesars - beating Stranger by the Lake and Blue is the Warmest Colour - is a whimsical coming-of-age story drawn from a hit stageplay. Itís not always funny, bu...

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Far from the Madding Crowd: Remastered

Far from the Madding Crowd: Remastered

24th April

John Schlesinge's swinging 60s screen adaptation of Thomas Hardyís novel, starring Terence Stamp, Julie Christie, Alan Bates, returns in a brand new print.

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Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

Mike McCahill on 24th April

Documentarist Kim Longinotto here profiles Brenda Myers-Powell, a sex worker-turned-social worker committed to raising the expectations of Chicagoís young women.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Mike McCahill on 24th April

Ridley Scott adds to the growing number of faith-based dramas with a lavish retelling of the legend of Moses, as played by Christian Bale. It has spectacle in spades, but also a fair bit of common sen...

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The Emperor's New Clothes: a matter of Brand expansion

The Emperor's New Clothes: a matter of Brand expansion

Mike McCahill on 23rd April / comments

Russell Brand occupies centre frame in Michael Winterbottomís new agit-prop documentary, exposing rising levels of social inequality via a variety of Michael Moore-ish tactics. Trust the message, if n...

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Peter Lorre

James Oliver on 20th April / comments

When he first arrived in Hollywood, Peter Lorre was widely seen as the best actor in the world but that didn't last long: he spent the latter part of his career propping up the bills of b-movies, TV shows an...

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Thomas Hardy on Screen

David Parkinson on 20th April / comments

With two versions of Far From the Madding Crowd illuminating our screens this spring, Crash Course examines the screen fortunes of a hardy man of Wessex.

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Fassbinder Films

James Oliver on 15th April / comments

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of the great figures of world cinema, but his sheer productivity makes him a daunting prospect for the newcomer.

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Heimat

David Parkinson on 15th April / comments

Is Edgar Reitz's epic odyssey about to end with a prequel? As Home From Home: Chronicle of a Vision arrives in cinemas, Crash Course pays homage to one of the most monumental achievements in screen history.

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Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy

David Parkinson on 9th April / comments

As the BFI releases the Trilogy in limited edition Blu-ray and individual DVDs, we look back at the making of the neo-realist landmarks that transformed Roberto Rossellini from a Fascist-sponsored journeyman...

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Chapter 3: Bad Girls

Barry Forshaw on 8th April / comments

The smart, witty and frank sex comedies of the 1930s are as fondly celebrated today as when they originally delighted audiences.

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