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The camera flips inward to film the creative process. Watch rarities, exclusives, documentaries and special features from the artists and obsessives who make the films.

The lines you quote, scenes you love, films you prize: they start with an idea and, through toil and teamwork, become something real. Inside Film is where actors, directors and others explain their work.

"A film director has to have the sensitivity of a poet and the stamina of a construction worker. The trouble is that rather too many of us get it the wrong way around."

Alan Parker

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Le Mépris
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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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Elstree Story
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Elstree Story 1952 12

A charming 1952 history of Elstree Studios, its films and the people who made them, from Hitchcock to Olivier.

61 mins United Kingdom Director. Gilbert Gunn

View Gabriel Yared on composing for film
Gabriel Yared on composing for film
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Gabriel Yared on composing for film 2013

Composer of The Lives of Others, The English Patient and Betty Blue on intimacy and experimentation.

United Kingdom

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Peeping Tom
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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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Night of the Filmmakers
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Night of the Filmmakers 1995

From the director of Heimat, a mini-epic about the history of German cinema.

90 mins Germany

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Room 237
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Room 237 15

Rodney Ascher enigmatic essay film weaves together the contrasting theories of five different narrators who believe Stanley Kubrick deliberately buried hidden messages in his 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.

USA Director. Rodney Ascher

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View Night of the Filmmakers
Night of the Filmmakers
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Night of the Filmmakers 1995

From the director of Heimat, a mini-epic about the history of German cinema.

90 mins Germany

View 100 Years of Japanese Cinema
100 Years of Japanese Cinema
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100 Years of Japanese Cinema 1996

Archive propels argument in this fascinating exploration of the social and cultural importance of Japan's film heritage.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Nagisa Oshima

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A Personal Journey... Part 1
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A Personal Journey... Part 1 1995

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

72 mins United Kingdom

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A Personal Journey… Part 2
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A Personal Journey… Part 2 1995

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

90 mins United Kingdom

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A Personal Journey… Part 3
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A Personal Journey… Part 3 1995

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

73 mins United Kingdom

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Typically British
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Typically British 1994

Stephen Frears explores the wealth of stylish and familiar images created by the British film industry in the 20th century, aided by fellow directors Alexander Mackendrick, Michael Apted, and Alan Parker and writer Gavin Lambert.

74 mins United Kingdom

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Two in the Wave
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Two in the Wave 2009 12A

Jean Luc-Godard and Francois Truffaut: the story of a friendship, a break-up and the birth of a new cinematic movement that would sweep the world.

France Director. Emmanuel Laurent

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Room 237
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Room 237 15

Rodney Ascher enigmatic essay film weaves together the contrasting theories of five different narrators who believe Stanley Kubrick deliberately buried hidden messages in his 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.

USA Director. Rodney Ascher

View Ralph Fiennes (Screen Talk)
Ralph Fiennes (Screen Talk)
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Ralph Fiennes (Screen Talk) 2013

From Amon Goeth to Charles Dickens, actor-director Ralph Fiennes talks about the roles that have shaped his career.

United Kingdom

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Elstree Story
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Elstree Story 1952 12

A charming 1952 history of Elstree Studios, its films and the people who made them, from Hitchcock to Olivier.

61 mins United Kingdom Director. Gilbert Gunn

View Lotte Reiniger's Art
Lotte Reiniger's Art
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Lotte Reiniger's Art 1970

The short documentary gives us a wonderful insight into the enchanting animated film world of Lotte Reiniger.

12 mins United Kingdom

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A Bit of Scarlet
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A Bit of Scarlet 1996 12

Mapping how British film and TV depicts the gay and lesbian lifestyle, Andrea Weiss raids the archives for her funny and persuasive documentary.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Weiss

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Memories of John
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Memories of John 2012

A short documentary featuring some of John Cassavetes' key collaborators, actor Peter Falk and producer Al Ruban.

USA Director. Doug Headline

View Part 1: The World Discovers a New Art Form
Part 1: The World Discovers a New Art Form
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Part 1: The World Discovers a New Art Form 2011

Lyrical tribute to the moving image begins with an establishing shot: the birth of the movies - spanning 1895 to 1918.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

View Part 2: The Triumph of American Film
Part 2: The Triumph of American Film
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Part 2: The Triumph of American Film 2011

The 1920s. Moving between Hollywood, Denmark and Moscow, Mark Cousins shows how glamour and gravitas battled to define film.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

View Part 3: The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World
Part 3: The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World
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Part 3: The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World 2011

Testing the limits of cinema, German Expressionism, Soviet montage and other international movements are launched.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

View Part 5: The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language
Part 5: The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language
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Part 5: The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language 2011

Between 1939-1952, cinema got darker - reflecting the tumult and carnage of war – and more daring. Mark Cousins investigates.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Willow and Wind
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Willow and Wind 2000 PG

An edge-of-seat classic about a boy who has to transport a large pane of glass across the countryside in a howling gale, from Iranian masters Abbas Kiarostami and Mohammed-Ali Talebi.

80 mins Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

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King of Masks
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King of Masks 1996 PG

A Chinese illusionist buys a young peasant boy to become the heir of his magical mask tricks, but gets more than he bargained for.

100 mins Director. Wu Tianming

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Long Live the Republic
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Long Live the Republic 1965

In war-torn Czechoslovakia, young Odrich has to dodge bullets, beatings and bullies yet still manages to retain his innocence and imagination.

132 mins Director. Karel Kachyna

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Bag of Rice
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Bag of Rice 1996 U

A feisty child and her near-blind neighbour trek across Tehran in this unforgettable odd-couple adventure.

79 mins Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

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The Boot
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The Boot 1992 U

Sameneh pesters her mother for a pair of red boots, only to lose one and then undertake a desperate search for it.

59 mins Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

View Mark Cousins & Mohammad Ali-Talebi in Conversation
Mark Cousins & Mohammad Ali-Talebi in Conversation
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Mark Cousins & Mohammad Ali-Talebi in Conversation 2014

Mohammad-Ali Talebi talks to Mark Cousins about his series of classic childhood films, including Willow and Wind, The Boot and Bag of Rice.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Crows
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Crows 1994 PG

Dorota Kiedzerawska’s remarkable film turns a troubling storyline - about a neglected girl who kidnaps another girl and acts as her surrogate mother - into a tender and exhilarating drama.

66 mins Director. Dorota Kedzierzawska

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