Year: 2014

Manakamana

This is a strange film indeed, a festival hit that is likely to bore the pants off some and fascinate others. It is set within the cable car system in Chitwan, Nepal, which rises 1,302m towards the site of a

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Krzysztof Kieślowski: The Decalogue 25th Anniversary Retrospective

The death of Krzysztof Kieślowski during open-heart surgery in 1996 at the early age of 54 deprived Poland and the world of a director of such exceptional powers that even the occasionally churlish Stanley Kubrick talked of his “dazzling skill”.

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2001: A Space Odyssey

It shouldn’t be necessary to recommend Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic milestone, given an extended run at the BFI Southbank from today as part of the ambitious Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season. But there are still some who either find

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Framed Film Festival

Not so long ago, children’s films were generally pretty anodyne. It often looked as if they were made more for worried parents than the children themselves. It is very different today, at least partly because film-makers have taken up the

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Life Itself

Thanks largely to the popular US review show in which he and Gene Siskel bickered about the week’s new films, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, was probably the most widely recognised film critic in the world. He was no

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UK Jewish Film Festival

The Jewish Film Festival, one of London’s largest outside of the BFI London Film Festival, opened with Francois Margolin’s The Art Dealer and a massive programme that includes 69 features, plus documentaries and shorts. The festival withdrew from the Tricycle

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Zabriskie Point

No one could deny that Antonioni, who died in 2007, was a remarkable film-maker. But there are plenty who say that Zabriskie Point, the first film he made in the United States, for MGM in 1970, was his worst. Even

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The Blue Room

Georges Simenon wrote more than 200 books, from which at least 50 films have been adapted. One of the most original is Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room, coming in under 80 minutes and without a single extraneous shot in it.

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Treasures at the BFI London Film Festival

There was a time, not so long ago, when the restoration of classic films was thought to be either too expensive or hardly worth the trouble. That this is a happier era is spectacularly emphasised by this collection of treasures

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Le Jour Se Lève

Together with the remarkable Les Enfants du Paradis, Le Jour Se Lève (now re-released in a splendid new print) remains one of the great achievements of pre-war French cinema. And Jean Gabin’s performance in the central role has ensured the

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