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45 Years: Film of the Week

45 Years: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay won the top acting prizes at this year’s Berlin festival for this drama about a happily married couple whose relationship is threatened by news from the past. They...

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L'Eclisse: Antonioni's landmark returns to cinemas

L'Eclisse: Antonioni's landmark returns to cinemas

Mike McCahill on 28th August / comments

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 drama - about the doomed relationship between a trader and a city girl - is reissued this week in a ...

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BFI Quiz

BFI Quiz

20th July

As the Carl Theodor Dreyer Collection continues to sell well on Blu-ray, this m...

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The Maggie  A Little Boat That Could

The Maggie A Little Boat That Could

Mark Reynolds on 29th August

This charming, unashamedly sentimental comedy is notable for bringing together the creative team who would go on to create The Ladykillers (1955).

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Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

David Parkinson on 27th August / comments

Opinion is divided over Pillow Talk (1959). Some modern critics have labelled it 'socially and politically schizophrenic' for celebrating the liberated career woman while at the same time fixating on ...

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En Equilibre: pay-out drama has big pay-off

En Equilibre: pay-out drama has big pay-off

Mike McCahill on 27th August / comments

This drama from the director of 2006’s widely enjoyed The Page Turner pits a wheelchair-bound stuntman against the female insurance agent sent to investigate his claim. It’s a low-key but elegant batt...

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The Ang Lee Trilogy

The Ang Lee Trilogy

Mark Reynolds on 27th August

Triple bill of family relationship films from the distinguished director Pushing Hands; The Wedding Banquet; and Eat Drink Man Woman. Celebrated Taiwanese actor Sihung Lung plays paternal roles in al...

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Bergman and Rossellini

Bergman and Rossellini

David Parkinson on 26th August / comments

Marking the Blu-ray release of the BFI's Roberto Rossellini Ingrid Bergman Collection, Crash Course charts the scandalous, often stormy, but always cinematically compelling relationship between the It...

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Straight Outta Compton: on the origins and aftermath of gangsta rap

Straight Outta Compton: on the origins and aftermath of gangsta rap

Mike McCahill on 26th August / comments

This biopic of NWA - the gangsta rap collective formed by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E - has held firm atop the American box office for the past fortnight. It’s a mixed bag, with flickers of the music...

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The Tribe

The Tribe

Mike McCahill on 26th August

Our Film of the Week when released in cinemas, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s drama stunned Cannes last year with its wordless tale of deaf teenagers running wild against a brutal post-Soviet backdrop. It’...

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Magician - The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Magician - The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Mike McCahill on 26th August

This documentary profile charts the rise and fall of Orson Welles, from all-American boy wonder to exiled king in Europe. It gets close to the heart of our continuing fascination with this legend of c...

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Ang Lee

Ang Lee

David Parkinson on 25th August / comments

Few film-makers have created such a distinctive body of work as Ang Lee. The sheer diversity of the subject matter alone sets it apart.

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Building Jerusalem: a revolution in rugby

Building Jerusalem: a revolution in rugby

Mike McCahill on 25th August / comments

The latest sports doc from James Erskine (One Night in Turin, The Battle of the Sexes) concentrates on the revolution in English rugby union that led to the country’s 2003 World Cup victory. It’s a st...

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Still the Water

Still the Water

Mike McCahill on 25th August

This Cannes-lauded breakthrough from Japanese writer-director Naomi Kawase tracks the movements of two schoolkids on an island where a body has just washed up. Get ready to weep

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Humans

Humans

Mark Reynolds on 25th August

Channel 4’s new suburban sci-fi drama, starring William Hurt, Colin Morgan and Katherine Parkinson, proved to be as excellent as it was unnerving. Set in the present but not a present we’re familiar w...

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