Month: January 2014

East Side Stories

Few Japanese movies reach commercial screens in London, which is a good reason to note the Japanese Foundation’s often surprising week of Youth Films, mostly taken from the last decade and showing at the ICA from tonight. The most powerful

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise (1927) will be shown at the Riverside Studios on Sunday 2nd of February 2014 — certainly one of the greatest Silents ever made. With live piano accompaniment.

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Ciné Lumière

Those who still think that the French Institute’s Ciné Lumière devotes itself entirely to French cinema ought finally to be disabused by its present season, The Best of 2013 (until January 31), during which only three home-grown films are on

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B for Buñuel, Bergman, Bollywood & Berlin

As The Guardian film critic, in the good old days when you could go around the world watching movies provided you didn’t spend much of the paper’s very limited money, I had breakfast with Howard Hawks, lunch with Luis Buñuel,

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A for Adult

It seems a long time ago, but I remember being a member of The Guardian cricket team touring California in the seventies and, being the film critic of the paper at the time, was constantly pressed to take the team

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Night of the Hunter

Robert Mitchum gives an extraordinary performance as the evil rogue preacher in Charles Laughton’s first and last effort at directing. While the BFI Southbank’s epic Gothic season trundles on, reaching a Part 4 that includes Cocteau’s eerie Beauty and the

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Buster Keaton season at the BFI

BFI Southbank will screen Our Hospitality and Sherlock Jr, and The Navigator — three brilliant examples of world-class film-maker Buster Keaton’s art. A two-month tribute to one of the very greatest filmmakers ever to get behind a camera.  A Serious

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