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Mark Kermode Introduces

The UK's best-known film critic gives an exclusive introduction to classic films he's chosen from BFI Player+

Each one probes the making and meaning of the film, and explains why it's essential viewing.

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Mark Kermode on BFI Player+ 2015

Esteemed film critic Mark Kermode explains why BFI Player+ is a different kind of film subscription service.

United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"We need a reason to stay at to home to watch."

"Well ... here is it."

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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1926 PG

Ivor Novello plays a strange lodger who may be behind a number of Jack the Ripper-style killings in Alfred Hitchcock’s silent thriller.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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Mark Kermode introduces the first of his picks from BFI Player+, Alfred Hitchcock's silent classic, The Lodger.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Described by its creator as 'the first true Hitchcock film'."

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Dead Ringers 1988 18

David Cronenberg's multi award-winning psychological thriller exploring the bizarre lives of identical twins Elliot and Beverly, both played by Jeremy Irons.

115 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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Mark Kermode's introduction to David Cronenberg's gripping pyschological thriller, Dead Ringers.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Prepare to be astonished."

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Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla (1954) 1954 PG

The original Godzilla - arguably the definitive monster movie - both a bold metaphor for the atomic age and a thrilling powerhouse of pioneering special effects.

92 mins Japan Director. Ishiro Honda

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Mark Kermode introduces Godzilla (1954) 2015

Mark Kermode looks at the enduring appeal of Godzilla, the original Japanese monster movie that spawned legions of sequels and a regular roll-call of remakes.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Revel in the mastery of this superb creature-feature."

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Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo 1981 PG

One of Werner Herzog's most acclaimed and audacious films, Fitzcarraldo tells the incredible story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an opera-loving fortune hunter who dreams of bringing opera to the heart of the Peruvian jungle.

158 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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Film critic Mark Kermode introduces his pick of the week from BFI Player: Werner Herzog's wild-eyed tale of obsessive ambition, Fitzcarraldo.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Fitzcarraldo remains such an overwhelming experience."

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Of Time and the City 2008 12

Brilliantly mixing archive film and music, Liverpool-born director Terence Davies reflects with wit and wisdom on a times of change, for good or ill

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Mark Kermode introduces Of Time and the City 2015

Mark Kermode extols the poignancy of Terence Davies’ love letter to his home city of Liverpool.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Davies’s masterpiece has something to delight everyone."

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The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes 1948 U

Moira Shearer’s ballerina is torn between love and her career in Powell and Pressburger’s hugely influential melodrama.

133 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Mark Kermode introduces his weekly pick from BFI Player+, Powell and Pressburger's rhapsodic Technicolor tribute to ballet, The Red Shoes.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"A dizzying blend of dazzling dance and daring darkness."

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La Belle et la Bête 1946 PG

Jean Cocteau’s ravishingly restored 1946 film is a cinematic classic. “Five stars. [This] magical exploration of the fairytale is a compelling and bizarre masterpiece” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

89 mins France Director. Jean Cocteau

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Mark Kermode delves into the Gothic fantasia of Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Guillermo del Toro said it best when he declared it 'the most perfect cinematic fable ever told'."

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Capricorn One 1977 PG

Stunning sci-fi thriller steeped in post-Watergate paranoia, following a hoaxed mission to Mars and a trio of astronauts' desperate flight for survival, with Elliott Gould, James Brolin and O.J. Simpson.

123 mins USA Director. Peter Hyams

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Mark Kermode introduces Capricorn One 2015

The venerable broadcaster introduces Peter Hyams’ sci-fi about a Mars mission hoax

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"A 1977 thriller which is just one of several classic sci-fi titles currently available on BFI Player Plus."

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire 1961 PG

The BFI’s new HD remaster of the British sci-fi classic. A journalist discovers that the Earth has been knocked off its axis and is moving ever closer to the sun. Is the Earth doomed?

United Kingdom Director. Val Guest

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Mark Kermode introduces The Day the Earth Caught Fire 2015

The tense British sci-fi is lauded by critic Mark Kermode in his latest featured pick from BFI Player+.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"The film has aged far better than some more lavish productions."

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That Sinking Feeling 1979 15

Before Gregory's Girl, Bill Forsyth mate this equally hilarious caper about a group of unemployed teenagers who hatch a plan to steal a job lot of stainless steel sinks.

90 mins Director. Bill Forsyth

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Mark Kermode introduces That Sinking Feeling 2016

The critic and broadcaster waxes lyrical about a film he has repeatedly championed, Bill Forsyth’s no-budget crime caper, That Sinking Feeling.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"One of the cheapest but richest films ever made."

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Helen

Helen 2008 PG

An inventive and acclaimed British feature following the transformation of a teenager who agrees to portray her missing college friend in a highly detailed crime reconstruction.

75 mins United Kingdom Director. Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor

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Mark Kermode introduces Helen 2016

Mark Kermode waxes lyrical about Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor's astonishing but little-known British feature.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"An elegantly uncomfortable low-key thriller ... a trance-like tale of unknown pasts and dreamy futures."

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Radio On

Radio On 1979 18

Chris Petit's cult classic is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema – a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Petit

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Mark Kermode introduces Radio On 2016

Mark Kermode pays tribute to Christopher Petit's stylish debut feature, a distinctly British take on the West German road-movie.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"A genuine British classic"

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Maitresse

Maitresse 1976 18

Gerard Depardieu plays the young innocent who falls for the mysterious maitresse Ariane (Bulle Ogier), a leather clad dominatrix, in Barbet Schroeder’s controversial film.

112 mins France Director. Barbet Schroeder

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Mark Kermode delves into the history Barbet Schroeder's notorious erotic drama, detailing the film's problems at the hands of the British censors, the BBFC.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"from excrescence to restraint, how times have changed!"

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Highway Patrolman

Highway Patrolman 1991 15

Alex Cox’s Mexican film follows the journey of a highway patrolman whose idealism eventually gives way to inevitable corruption.

105 mins USA Director. Alex Cox

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Mark Kermode introduces Alex Cox's undervalued Mexican feature, Highway Patrolman..

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Cox's finest film to date"

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Brief Encounter 1945 PG

Noël Coward’s tale of a love affair, thrillingly played out with tight British reserve.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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One of the timeless classics of British cinema is reappraised by critic Mark Kermode, in his weekly pick from BFI Player+.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"One of the most enduring love stories ever told"

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Interior. Leather Bar. 2013 18

James Franco and Travis Mathews recreate explicit footage cut, rumoured to be lost, from the William Friedkin classic Cruising.

60 mins USA Director. James Franco, Travis Mathews

"infuriating, indulgent and intriguing!"

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Ordet. 1955 12

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s beautifully photographed tale explores the religious intolerance and familial tensions within a Danish farming family.

126 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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Mark Kermode introduces Ordet 2016

Film critic Mark Kermode eulogises Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1955 masterpiece, Ordet.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"a hit with the critics and public alike"

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Un Chien Andalou

Un Chien Andalou 1928 15

A scabrous study of desire, the subconscious and anti-clericalism - Buñuel and Dalí’s provocative first film is a classic of Surrealist cinema.

17 mins France Director. Luis Buñuel

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Mark Kermode revisits the shocking surrealism of Buñuel and Dalí’s Un Chien Andalou, a film which first caused the critic to faint when he saw it in his youth.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"a satirical gem"

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Rashomon

Rashomon 1950 12

Credited with bringing Japanese cinema to worldwide audiences, Akira Kurosawa’s breakthrough tells the story of a murder in the woods from four differing perspectives.

88 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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Film critic Mark Kermode highlights Akira Kurosawa's 1950 classic, the film that introduced Japanese cinema to international audiences and a rare film whose own title has entered popular parlance.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Some films transcend the medium of cinema..."

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The Draughtsman's Contract

The Draughtsman's Contract 1982 15

Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylised, erotic country house murder mystery.

118 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Greenaway

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Mark Kermode introduces The Draughtsman's Contract 2016

Critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode revisits Peter Greenaway's early feature, examining its status as a milestone in the careers of the director and composer Michael Nyman.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"The magic all starts here"

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The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)

The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) 1972 15

Different worlds collide when a chic young diplomat's wife meets an intriguing adventurer and his hippy friends in Barbet Schroeder's striking second feature. Soundtrack composed by Pink Floyd.

105 mins France Director. Barbet Schroeder

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Mark Kermode introduces The Valley (Obscured By Clouds) 2016

The film critic revisits Barbet Schroeder's cult jungle odyssey following a group of hippy explorers as they search for a mystical valley in New Guinea.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"A strange cult classic"

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Prick Up Your Ears
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Prick Up Your Ears 1987 15

A celebration of outrageous British playwright Joe Orton’s irreverent and charismatic talent, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Frears

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Broadcaster and critic Mark Kermode introduces Stephen Frears' 1987 biopic of controversial playwright Joe Orton, positing it as a key work in the careers of Frears and star Gary Oldman.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Rich, ribald, and worthy of repeat viewing"

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A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember 1958 PG

Widely regarded as the finest film account of the sinking of the Titanic, this moving seafaring disaster tale will grip you from start to finish.

123 mins United Kingdom Director. Roy Ward Baker

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Mark Kermode introduces A Night to Remember 2016

Mark Kermode eulogises Roy Ward Baker's dramatic procedural representation of the Titanic disaster.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"The film James Cameron could only dream of making"

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Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979 15

English language version of Herzog’s stimulating take on the Dracula story starring Klaus Kinski, with echoes of Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu.

107 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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Mark Kermode introduces Nosferatu the Vampyre 2016

Werner Herzog's haunting remake of F.W. Murnau's vampire classic Nosferatu comes under Mark Kermode's gaze in his BFI Player+ pick of the week.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Kinski looks unsurpassable"

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Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City 1945 12

Roberto Rossellini’s landmark of Italian neorealism often cited as one of the greatest films ever made.

103 mins Italy Director. Roberto Rossellini

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The film that started the hugely influential Neorealist movement comes under Mark Kermode's gaze in his weekly pick of the week from BFI Player+.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of the twentieth century"

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The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher 1982

The first of Švankmajer's 'tactile experiments', the subject chosen partly because the title was on an official list of 'approved' texts. In this version there are no humans, just a brief glimpse of a live raven as the camera roams around an eerie derelict house.

15 mins Czechoslovakia Director. Jan Svankmajer

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Jan Švankmajer's take on Edgar Allan Poe's gothic tale comes into focus for Mark Kermode, who examines the influence the American writer had on the work of the Czech animator.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Astounding, provocative and wholly unmistakable."

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The Company of Wolves 1984 18

Angela Carter and Neil Jordan's magical, radical take on Little Red Riding Hood.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Neil Jordan

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Mark Kermode dissects the production of Neil Jordan's enduring fairytale horror, hailing the sterling work of the technicians who crafted a believable world from a limited budget.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Studied by film scholars, and adored by film fans alike"

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I Am Divine
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I Am Divine 2013 15

A unique documentary about a unique person – follow Divine’s life from humble Baltimore beginnings to superstar status as the Queen of Cult.

USA Director. Jeffrey Schwarz

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Mark Kermode salutes Jeffrey Schwarz’s colourful documentary about the infamous drag queen and star of John Waters' filthy oeuvre.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"A joyfully and irrepressibly affectionate documentary"

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Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus 1947 U

Tensions grow when a group of nuns open a convent in the Himalayas in Powell and Pressburger's remarkable melodrama, starring Deborah Kerr.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Powell and Pressburger's glorious Himalayan melodrama is given an appreciation by critic Mark Kermode.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"A work of extraordinary power and passion from Powell and Pressburger"

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Genevieve

Genevieve 1953 U

Classic British comedy about two vintage automobile enthusiasts racing from Brighton to London.

110 mins United Kingdom Director. Henry Cornelius

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Mark Kermode reminisces about his experiences of watching a great British institution, Henry Cornelius' delightful vintage car caper.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Put your slippers on, grab a cup of tea and a biscuit; and sit back and enjoy a great British institution"

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Bad Timing 1980 18

Nic Roeg's complex, elusive cult classic is a Vienna-set tale of all consuming passion, starring Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell and Harvey Keitel.

122 mins Director. Nicolas Roeg

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Mark Kermode introduces Nicolas Roeg's complex erotic thriller, placing it in the context of the director's controversial and challenging career.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Monstrosity or masterpiece? Watch it and decide for yourself"

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Battleship Potemkin 1925 PG

A fixture in the critical canon almost since its premiere, Eisenstein’s film about a 1905 naval mutiny was revolutionary in both form and content.

68 mins USSR Director. Sergei M. Eisenstein

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The film critic and broadcaster introduces Sergei Eisenstein's seminal Soviet classic, detailing the film's profound impact and reflecting on his own journey to the film's most famous location.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Arguably the greatest film ever made"

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Elena 2011 12

Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Return) relates a taut, caustic tale of need and greed leading to desperate deeds; a bleak study of contemporary Russian mores

109 mins Russian Federation

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Mark Kermode introduces Elena 2016

Andrey Zvyagintsev's ice-cool family drama comes under the gaze of critic Mark Kermode.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"I guarantee, this is a film you'll be thinking about for weeks after watching"

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Countess Dracula 1971 18

An ageing countess finds that if she bathes in the blood of virgins her youth is restored.

94 mins Great Britain Director. Peter Sasdy

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A reappraisal of the undervalued slice of late-period Hammer horror by the critic and broadcaster.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"A bona fide screen icon, at the very height of her dark powers"

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Pasolini 2014 18

Willem Dafoe plays the controversial filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in this dark, daring drama about the director’s final days, from Abel Ferrara.

86 mins France Director. Abel Ferrara

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Mark Kermode introduces Pasolini 2016

An appreciation of Abel Ferrara's heady and intoxicating tribute to the great Italian director.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"To scandalise is a right, to be scandalised a pleasure"

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Night Will Fall 2014 15

An unforgettable, compelling account of the production and subsequent restoration of a withheld film recording the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in 1945.

76 mins United Kingdom Director. André Singer

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Mark Kermode on the documentary about the filmmakers who chronicled the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in 1945.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Reminding us of the power of the cinematic medium, to ensure that this terrible chapter of history will never be forgotten"

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Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit 1945 U

A séance results in a man’s first wife returning from the dead in Noël Coward’s wonderful comedy.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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Mark Kermode takes a fresh look at Noël Coward and David Lean's ghostly comedy.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"why Lean is still considered one of Britain's greatest directors."

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Celine and Julie Go Boating

Celine and Julie Go Boating 1974 12

Jacques Rivette's rarely seen yet most commercially successful film is an exhilarating combination of theatricality, paranoia and la vie Parisienne.

193 mins France Director. Jacques Rivette

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Kermode falls under the spell of Jacques Rivette's bewitching mystery about two young women who visit a strange parallel reality.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"A much sought after cult item, which has influenced everyone from David lynch to Susan Seidelman"

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The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File 1965 PG

The coolest spy of all – Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer – makes his brilliant big screen debut in this landmark British spy thriller.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Sidney J. Furie

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Mark Kermode takes a fresh look at Sydney J. Furie’s 1965 spy thriller, recounting its reputation as tougher, grittier alternative to the flashier thrills of James Bond.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Watch the film, and see why it's continued to grow in stature over the years"

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A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death 1946 U

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s timeless romantic fantasy, with David Niven as an airman trapped between life and death.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Mark Kermode salutes "one of the greatest films ever made," Powell and Pressburger's majestic wartime fantasy.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Quite simply one of the greatest films ever made, the jewel in the crown of the Powell and Pressburger collection, here at BFI Player Plus"

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Hadewijch

Hadewijch 2009 12

A Catholic nun falls in with some young Arabs and embraces fundamentalist Islam in Bruno Dumont’s provocative film.

105 mins France Director. Bruno Dumont

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Mark Kermode introduces Hadewijch 2016

This week's choice from Mark Kermode is Bruno Dumont's controversial film about a young girl cast out from a nunnery who becomes attracted to the ideas of radical Islam.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"challenging, arresting and thought provoking"

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Hands of the Ripper
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Hands of the Ripper 1971 15

In Edwardian London, a series of gruesome murders match those of the Whitechapel Ripper, revealing an unlikely suspect.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Sasdy

"Hands of The Ripper continues to grip an audience, even today"

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This Filthy Earth

This Filthy Earth 2001 15

Andrew Kötting's tragic tale of passion and survival, following the existence of two sisters amidst a landscape of rural hardship and a community consumed with superstition

111 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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The uncompromising invention of Andrew Kötting and his rural drama This Filthy Earth comes under Mark Kermode's gaze.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

"Cinema needs more filmmakers cut from Kötting's uncompromising cloth"

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The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes 1938 U

An old woman disappears mysteriously on a busy train in Hitchcock’s delightful classic.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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Mark Kermode revisits Alfred Hitchcock's classic locomotive mystery, positing it within the context of the director's illustrious transatlantic career.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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L'Age D'Or

L'Age D'Or 1930 15

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali unite for this masterpiece of cinematic surrealism remains as brilliantly witty and shocking as ever, more than 80 years on.

63 mins France Director. Luis Buñuel

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Mark Kermode introduces L’Âge d'or 2016

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali's scandalous surrealist classic is this week's choice; a film Kermode argues has lost none of its disruptive power.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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The Arbor
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The Arbor 2010 15

Clio Barnard's film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar mixes reconstruction, interviews (performed by actors) and scenes from the plays.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Clio Barnard

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Mark Kermode introduces The Arbor 2016

Critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode revels in the sophisticated brilliance of Clio Barnard's remarkable debut feature, an ambitiously experimental documentary-drama about playwright Andrea Dunbar.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Underground
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Underground 1928 PG

The BFI National Archive restoration of one of Anthony Asquith's finest silent films set in London's Underground, with a new score.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

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Mark Kermode introduces Underground 2016

The critic champions Anthony Asquith's wonderful London drama, drawing attention to the excellent work of Neil Brand, who scored the film's BFI restoration.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Dogtooth
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Dogtooth 2009 18

Yorgos Lanthimos' scary, witty tale of a dysfunctional Greek family is original, ingenious and sadly relevant as a study of parent-child relationships

96 mins Greece Director. Yorgos Lanthimos

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Mark Kermode introduces Dogtooth 2016

Mark Kermode sinks his teeth into Yorgos Lanthimos’ daring and brilliant drama, expanding on its influence at the heart of the Greek 'weird wave'.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Red Road

Red Road 2006 18

Andrea Arnold’s highly acclaimed film, winner of top prizes at Cannes and the BFI London Film Festival, is a haunting drama about a woman confronting past demons.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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Mark Kermode introduces Red Road 2016

Mark Kermode admires the incisive and caustically brilliant debut feature from acclaimed director Andrea Arnold (American Honey).

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Las acacias 2011 12

Pablo Giorgelli's debut is a slow, touching Argentinian road-movie about a quiet trucker warming to a woman and child he reluctantly gives a lift to.

86 mins Director. Pablo Giorgelli

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Mark Kermode introduces Las Acacias 2016

Mark acclaims the unaffected naturalism and precise observation of Pablo Giorgelli's pitch-perfect road movie.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Unrelated

Unrelated 2007 15

On a Tuscan break a fortysomething woman finds herself drawn to the company of a group of partying teens, including a young Tom Hiddleston (in one of his earliest roles).

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Joanna Hogg

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Mark Kermode introduces Unrelated 2016

Mark welcomes the debut film from one of British cinema's most singular and distinctive talents, Joanna Hogg.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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The Phantom of the Opera 1925 PG

'Man of a thousand faces' Lon Chaney stars in the first version of Gaston Leroux's oft-filmed novel.

111 mins USA Director. Rupert Julian

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Mark Kermode revisits the classic Gothic melodrama, with Lon Chaney as the most famous screen incarnation of the Phantom.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Bullet Boy

Bullet Boy 2004 15

Ashley Walters impresses in the hard-hitting Hackney drama that’s still one of the best of Britain’s black urban crime films.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Saul Dibb

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Mark Kermode introduces Bullet Boy 2016

Mark introduces Saul Dibb's sharp urban drama, focusing on Ashley Walters eye-catching performance in the lead role.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Land and Freedom

Land and Freedom 1995 15

Ken Loach’s passionate war drama follows an idealistic young Liverpudlian (Ian Hart) who fights for the international brigade during the Spanish Civil War.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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Mark Kermode introduces Land and Freedom 2016

Mark Kermode revisits Ken Loach’s acclaimed 1995 film, a rare departure from the director’s traditional British milieu that focuses on the Spanish Civil War.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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My Brother the Devil
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My Brother the Devil 2012 15

Sally El Hosaini's award-winning feature debut tells of the love and disenchantment between two British-Egyptian brothers, as gangs, drugs and sexuality come between them.

107 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally El Hosaini

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Mark Kermode introduces My Brother the Devil 2016

Mark Kermode sings the praises of Sally El Hosaini's streetwise tale of sibling rivalry.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Within Our Gates

Within Our Gates 1920 12

Oscar Micheaux’s startling silent classic – the earliest surviving feature from an African-American director – presents a fascinating black counterpoint to Griffith’s Birth of a Nation.

73 mins USA Director. Oscar Micheaux

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Mark Kermode introduces Within Our Gates 2016

As BFI celebrates its Black Star season, Mark Kermode introduces Oscar Micheaux's landmark of African-American cinema.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Distant Voices Still Lives

Distant Voices Still Lives 1988 15

Terence Davies' debut feature is a remarkable evocation of working-class family life in the 40s and 50s and a visionary exploration of memory.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Mark Kermode introduces Distant Voices Still Lives 2016

Mark lauds a modern masterpiece; Terence Davies' 1988 film that's now considered one of the best British movies ever made.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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For Those in Peril
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For Those in Peril 2013 18

An intense and mysterious drama about the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident who’s outcast and persecuted by his fellow villagers.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Wright

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Mark Kermode introduces For Those in Peril 2016

Mark Kermode recommends the arresting and hypnotic feature debut from writer-director Paul Wright.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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By Our Selves
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By Our Selves 2015 15

The latest psycho-geographical excursion from Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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Mark Kermode introduces By Our Selves 2016

Mark sets off with Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair on an idiosyncratic and eccentric odyssey, as they retrace an 80-mile walk undertaken by obscure poet John Clare.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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The Immigrant

The Immigrant 1917 U

One of Chaplin’s most famous early shorts finds the Little Tramp aboard a ship bound for America, mistakenly accused of being a pickpocket.

30 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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Mark Kermode introduces The Immigrant 2016

Mark stows away with Charlie Chaplin in this glorious short, in which the Little Tram causes havoc aboard a ship bound for America.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese... Part 1 1995

The first part of Martin Scorsese's 'personal journey' through American Cinema.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Henry Wilson, Martin Scorsese

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Things to Come
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Things to Come 1936 PG

H.G. Wells' chilling vision of the future, which imagines the 20th Century as a near-endless war and struggle against tyranny, remains a key milestone in British science fiction.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. William Cameron Menzies

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Mark Kermode introduces Things to Come 2016

Mark revists William Cameron Menzies' pioneering sci-fi film which postulates a dark and destructive century for an imagined Britain.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Face

Face 1997 18

Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone are members of a gang of thieves that falls apart when a heist goes wrong, in Antonia Bird’s stylish and political crime thriller.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Antonia Bird

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Mark Kermode introduces Face 2016 15

Antonia Bird's stylish and intelligent heist thriller comes under Mark's weekly gaze.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Short Term 12 2013 15

Oscar winning Brie Larson stars as care-worker confronted by a troubled teen whose case history provokes a reminder of her own past.

97 mins USA Director. Destin Daniel Cretton

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Mark Kermode introduces Short Term 12 2017

Mark marvels at Brie Larson's sensational performance in Destin Daniel Cretton's multi-award-winning care-home drama.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Red Desert

Red Desert 1964 12

Antonioni's mid-career masterpiece stars Monica Vitti as an emotionally anguished young woman embarking on a tentative affair with a businessman (Richard Harris).

117 mins Italy Director. Michelangelo Antonioni

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Mark is seduced all over again by Antonioni’s enigmatic and vividly colourful drama.

United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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The Elephant Man 1980 PG

John Hurt stars David Lynch's exceptionally moving true-life tale of the severely deformed Joseph Merrick and his rescue from the hell of a Victorian circus sideshow.

124 mins USA Director. David Lynch

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Mark Kermode introduces The Elephant Man 2017

Mark looks back on The Elephant Man, a career highlight for many of its participants, including the late, great John Hurt.

United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Le Mépris

Le Mépris 1963 15

Jean-Luc Godard’s caustic look at compromised creativity in the filmmaking world has superb images, music and acting from Piccoli, Bardot and Palance

103 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Broadcaster and critic Mark Kermode introduces Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 Technicolor classic starring Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot.

United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Peeping Tom 1960 15

Michael Powell’s dark, disturbing, once controversial tale of a shy camera technician who films women as he kills them is now rightly deemed a classic

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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Mark Kermode introduces Peeping Tom 2017

Mark recounts the reputational rehabilitation of Michael Powell's highly controversial 1960 shocker, the once reviled by now revered horror masterpiece that all-but finished the great director's career.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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The Railway Children

The Railway Children 1970 U

The beloved children’s classic about a London family who move near a Yorkshire railway station; one of the classiest examples of British period nostalgia.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Lionel Jeffries

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Mark Kermode introduces The Railway Children 2017

Mark signals his appreciation for Lionel Jeffries' captivating and nostalgic children's classic.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Amores perros

Amores perros 2000 18

Alejandro González Iñárritu's (Birdman, The Revenant) gripping debut feature is a savagely brilliant triptych around the theme of animalistic desires.

155 mins Mexico Director. Alejandro González Iñárritu

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Mark Kermode introduces Amores perros 2017

Mark revisits Alejandro González Iñárritu's visceral debut feature, expounding upon the film's controversial, staged dog-fighting scenes.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Love and Death on Long Island

Love and Death on Long Island 1996 15

John Hurt stars in Richard Kwietnioski’s comedy of fame and obsession about an older man (Hurt) who becomes infatuated with a young Hollywood actor (Jason Priestley), and proceeds to track him down.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Kwietniowski

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Mark Kermode introduces Love and Death on Long Island 2017

The critic introduces an overlooked gem from the filmography of John Hurt, in which the late actor plays a middle-aged writer obsessed with a young heart-throb.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Mother

Mother 2009 15

Cult Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host, Snowpiercer) fourth feature is a startlingly original and thrilling account of the limits of maternal devotion.

129 mins Korea, Republic of Director. Bong Joon-ho

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Mark Kermode introduces Mother 2017

Mark introduces the warped and brilliant thriller on obsessive maternal devotion from Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Snowpiercer).

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Symptoms 1974 15

The official British Palme d'Or entry at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, Symptoms is a sophisticated modern gothic horror film exploring the themes of sexual repression and psychosis.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. José R. Larraz

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Mark Kermode introduces Symptoms 2017

Critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode revels in the return of José Larraz's psychological horror, which was once believed lost but is back to haunt us anew.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Fear Eats the Soul

Fear Eats the Soul 1974 12

Fassbinder’s international breakthrough, this unconventional love story combines lucid social analysis with devastating emotional power.

94 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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Mark Kermode introduces Fear Eats the Soul 2017

Kermode reexamines Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1974 masterwork about the unlikely romance between a German pensioner and a Moroccan immigrant.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Breathless / À bout de souffle
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Breathless / À bout de souffle 1960 PG

Jean-Luc Godard’s extraordinary debut feature, an insouciant and iconoclastic crime film that paved the way for the French New Wave.

90 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Ran
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Ran 1985 12

Akira Kurosawa’s visually spectacular epic transplants Shakespeare’s King Lear from Celtic Britain to feudal Japan.

155 mins France Director. Akira Kurosawa

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Mark Kermode introduces Ran 2017

Mark marvels at the majesty of Kurosawa's visually ravishing, Shakespearean samurai epic, a culmination of the masterful director's career.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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