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Listening to you and finding our feet

Listening to you and finding our feet

Luke Giles on 30th September

Wisdom prescribes that you progress and mature by fault, so after some teething problems we look to an exciting MovieMail future as we overcome the challenges of change.

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The Czech Film Miracle

The Czech Film Miracle

30th September / comments

Why was it a miracle and not just a new wave? As A Jester's Tale and Birds, Orphans and Fools finally find an appreciative UK audience on disc, it's time for a Crash Course.

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Hitchcock's finest decade, the 1950s

Hitchcock's finest decade, the 1950s

David Parkinson on 26th September / comments

With Rear Window coming to Blu-ray to mark its 60th anniversary and To Catch a Thief still stealing hearts in cinemas across the country, Crash Course plunges into Alfred Hitchcock's finest decade.

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Ida: Film of the Week

Ida: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 25th September / comments

Writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native Poland for this much-acclaimed drama about a nun discovering her troubled history and a true identity. It’s a small triumph for all concerned, raves Mike McCahill.

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I Origins: baffling sci-fi is one to overlook

I Origins: baffling sci-fi is one to overlook

Mike McCahill on 25th September / comments

Sundance fave Mike Cahill follows up 2011’s Another Earth with more speculative sci-fi, this time centring on a scientist who spots the secret of the universe in a French model’s eyes. Our own Mike McCahill sees nothing so profound about it.

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Maps to the Stars: Dr. Cronenberg takes a scalpel to Tinseltown

Maps to the Stars: Dr. Cronenberg takes a scalpel to Tinseltown

Mike McCahill on 24th September / comments

David Cronenberg’s latest, charting the dysfunctional lives of several Hollywood players, won Julianne Moore the Best Actress prize at this year’s Cannes. Rightly so, says Mike McCahill - and it’s the director’s most fascinating work in years.

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1975-80: A New Hope - From Space: 1999 to Sapphire & Steel

1975-80: A New Hope - From Space: 1999 to Sapphire & Steel

Frank Collins on 23rd September / comments

Frank Collins continues his exploration of British science fiction television to mark the BFI’s major celebration of the genre. This time, he follows the series and plays created during a troubled time for Britain, the late 1970s.

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Sixties Soldiers

Sixties Soldiers

James Oliver on 19th September / comments

The 1960s were supposed the era of peace and love. James Oliver takes to the parade ground to find out how British films made during this era treated army life and gets the impression that the Ministry of Defence would not approve of the results...

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20,000 Days on Earth: Film of the Week

20,000 Days on Earth: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 19th September / comments

This profile of Nick Cave forsakes standard rock-doc biography for an impressionistic guided tour of the singer’s dramatic universe. It's a work of rare cinematic imagination and may thrill even non-fans, writes Mike McCahill.

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Night Will Fall: a stark look inside the concentration camps

Night Will Fall: a stark look inside the concentration camps

Mike McCahill on 19th September / comments

This new documentary from the producer of The Act of Killing details the efforts to finish a 1945 film intended to reveal the full horror of the German concentration camps. You have to see it, if you can bear to see it, argues Mike McCahill.

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Salomé and Wilde Salomé: Pacino pursues another Oscar

Salomé and Wilde Salomé: Pacino pursues another Oscar

Mike McCahill on 18th September / comments

Al Pacino resumes his secondary career as a literary scholar this weekend in a double-bill centred around Oscar Wilde’s take on the Biblical legend. It’s some of the most committed work the actor has done in years, writes Mike McCahill.

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Overview of the new MovieMail (updated)

Overview of the new MovieMail (updated)

Dan Hunter on 17th September

Following behind-the-scenes changes at MovieMail last week, there have been concerns about how our service will change. Here we'll run through the main areas of interest.

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The Czech Film Miracle

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Why was it a miracle and not just a new wave? As A Jester's Tale and Birds, Orphans and Fools finally find an appreciative UK audience on disc, it's time for a Crash Course.

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Hitchcock's finest decade, the 1950s

David Parkinson on 26th September / comments

With Rear Window coming to Blu-ray to mark its 60th anniversary and To Catch a Thief still stealing hearts in cinemas across the country, Crash Course plunges into Alfred Hitchcock's finest decade.

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1975-80: A New Hope - From Space: 1999 to Sapphire & Steel

Frank Collins on 23rd September / comments

Frank Collins continues his exploration of British science fiction television to mark the BFI’s major celebration of the genre. This time, he follows the series and plays created during a troubled time for B...

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Sixties Soldiers

James Oliver on 19th September / comments

The 1960s were supposed the era of peace and love. James Oliver takes to the parade ground to find out how British films made during this era treated army life and gets the impression that the Ministry of De...

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François Truffaut

David Parkinson on 16th September / comments

With many of his films making a welcome return to DVD and their debuts on Blu-ray, Crash Course can't resist the opportunity to pay homage to François Truffaut.

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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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