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An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: I

An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: I

Julian Upton on 22nd April / comments

Mixed up kids and murderous adults are among the characters in Julian Upton's latest trawl through some of Britain's forgotten fil...

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Shadows in Hollywood: Val Lewton's horror legacy

Shadows in Hollywood: Val Lewton's horror legacy

James Oliver on 23rd April / comments

No one made pictures like Hollywood producer Val Lewton, who perfected the cinema of suggestion in films such as Cat People and Cu...

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Grab yourself a set of limited edition BFI Flipside postcards

Grab yourself a set of limited edition BFI Flipside postcards

Jonathan Melville on 16th April

We mark the release of Bill Forsyth's That Sinking Feeling on the Flipside with a new sale and limited edition postcards.

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Chaplin's Tramp

Chaplin's Tramp

David Parkinson on 15th April / comments

This year sees the centenary of one of the most instantly recognisable characters in screen history and Crash Course marks the anniversary with its own tribute to Chaplin's Tramp.

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State of the Nation: The 1970s on film

State of the Nation: The 1970s on film

James Oliver on 11th April / comments

James Oliver argues that 1970s British films are some of the most valuable cultural artefacts of the era, reflecting a country down on its uppers.

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Alastair Sim leads Studio Canal's April and May DVD releases

Alastair Sim leads Studio Canal's April and May DVD releases

Jonathan Melville on 7th April

From acclaimed new films to re-released classics featuring the cream of British talent, Studio Canal are bringing some of the best of their catalogue to DVD and Blu-ray.

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The Children's Film Foundation

The Children's Film Foundation

David Parkinson on 2nd April / comments

With the BFI's latest CFF DVD compilation landing this month and Mark Cousins's Welcome to the Cinema of Childhood season arriving in cinemas, Crash Course doffs its school cap to the Children's Film Foundation.

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Val Lewton

Val Lewton

David Parkinson on 28th March / comments

With Jacques Tourneur's Cat People (1942) and Robert Wise's The Curse of the Cat People (1945) coming to DVD, Crash Course hones in on the man in the shadows who helped change Hollywood horror.

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An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: H

An A-Z of Forgotten British Films: H

Julian Upton on 24th March / comments

Julian Upton's reappraisal of some lesser-known British films reaches the letter H, taking us around the British Isles and into the lives of some fascinating characters.

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Gaumont, Alice Guy and global success - silent cinema in France

Gaumont, Alice Guy and global success - silent cinema in France

Michael Ewins on 19th March / comments

Michael Ewins takes a trip to France for his final look at the origins of silent cinema around the world. He discovers the French public embracing the new medium and Gaumont finding international success.

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Odeon to release RKO classics on DVD in March and April

Odeon to release RKO classics on DVD in March and April

Jonathan Melville on 14th March

Classic films from the vaults of RKO come to UK DVD for the first time, including two Val Lewton chillers and much-loved outings for Fred and Ginger.

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British Transport Films

British Transport Films

David Parkinson on 11th March / comments

As the BFI releases Volume 12 of its British Transport Films series, The Driving Force, Crash Course buys a ticket to ride on the BTF Special.

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Behind the Label: BFI Video's Sam Dunn

Behind the Label: BFI Video's Sam Dunn

Jonathan Melville on 10th March / comments

The latest instalment in our look at UK DVD and Blu-ray labels takes us behind the scenes of BFI Video. Sam Dunn, Head of Video Publishing, discusses the past, present and future of the BFI's output.

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Director Ted Kotcheff on Australian classic Wake in Fright

Director Ted Kotcheff on Australian classic Wake in Fright

Jonathan Melville on 4th March / comments

As Wake in Fright returns to cinemas after a 40 year walkabout, director Ted Kotcheff tells Jonathan Melville how he captured the dark side of Australian culture on screen.

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Dead of Night: Rated AA for Abominably Alarming

Dead of Night: Rated AA for Abominably Alarming

Mike McCahill on 28th February / comments

Ealing's spooky portmanteau classic returns to circulation this week in a Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray. But what did the MovieMail Board of Film Classification make of it back in 1945? We dug into the archives to find out.

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