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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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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words 2015 PG

An illuminating portrait of the pioneering actress, crafted from her unique personal archive of home-movie footage, letters and diary extracts.

114 mins Sweden Director. Stig Björkman

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The Lovers & the Despot 2016 PG

Discover one of cinema’s strangest stories: a film director and his star are kidnapped by Kim Jong-il to make movies in the world’s weirdest state.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Rob Cannan, Ross Adam

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Film Director Ken Russell
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Film Director Ken Russell 1972

Writer and Director Ken Russell explains his brush with The Devils.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Hitchcock/Truffaut 2015 12

Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.

80 mins France Director. Kent Jones

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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach 2016 12

Louise Osmond's funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial filmmakers.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Louise Osmond

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Eisenstein in Guanajuato
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Eisenstein in Guanajuato 2015 18

One of Britain’s most inventive filmmakers, Peter Greenaway, tackles the story of arguably the most influential filmmaker in cinema history, Sergei Eisenstein.

106 mins Netherlands Director. Peter Greenaway

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What Is This Film Called Love?
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What Is This Film Called Love? 2012 12

Mark Cousins’ cine-essay, inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s 1930s Mexican odyssey, is a poetic meditation on memory, landscape and walking.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Pedro Almodóvar in Conversation
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Pedro Almodóvar in Conversation 2015

The director discusses the recurring themes in his films including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

65 mins United Kingdom

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Thursday's Child 1943 PG

Sally Ann Howes plays the 12-year-old spotted by a casting director, setting her on the way to stardom.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Rodney Ackland

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Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
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Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean 2012 15

A sensuous and sexy snapshot from the life of James Dean, capturing moments from the years before his career took off.

93 mins USA Director. Matthew Mishory

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Life Itself
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Life Itself 2014 15

An aptly affectionate tribute to the late film critic Roger Ebert, whose warmth and empathetic style won him a devoted global following.

120 mins USA Director. Steve James

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Altman 2014 15

An illuminating documentary about American cinema’s maverick genius Robert Altman, featuring unseen home movies and extensive interviews.

96 mins Canada Director. Ron Mann

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A Story of Children and Film 2013 PG

Mark Cousins' personal and poetic exploration of the cinema of childhood, as told through 53 great films from 25 countries.

101 mins United Kingdom

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A Fuller Life
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A Fuller Life 2013 15

James Franco leads the eulogies in this profile of the larger-than-life filmmaker Samuel Fuller, who also had eventful stints as a journalist and serviceman.

80 mins USA Director. Samantha Fuller

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Two in the Wave

Two in the Wave 2009 12

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.

93 mins France Director. Emmanuel Laurent

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A Bit of Scarlet
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A Bit of Scarlet 1996

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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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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8½
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1963 15

Fellini triumphantly conjured himself out of a bad case of creative block with this magnum opus about a film director experiencing creative block.

138 mins Italy Director. Federico Fellini

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Anger Me 2006 15

Like all good magicians, the life and work of Kenneth Anger, the Magus of underground film, is crowded with mystery and myth.

72 mins Canada Director. Elio Gelmini

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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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Five Broken Cameras
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Five Broken Cameras 2011 15

The personal meets the political as a Palestinian farmer with a home video camera shoots a local protest against the building of an Israeli 'security fence' in his village, and finds himself the official documentarian of five years worth of footage of the struggle.

94 mins France

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Part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World
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Part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World 2011

The blockbuster arrives, driving a new revolution with Jaws and Jedis. Meanwhile, Bollywoood and Hong Kong are adapting too.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Memories of John

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

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Ken Loach Keynote 2010

With typical vigour, Ken Loach asserts his love for and support of the British Film Industry, and explains how you can help defend it.

65 mins United Kingdom

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Jeremy Thomas in conversation 2014

Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas discusses 40 years of filmmaking with Geoff Andrew.

53 mins United Kingdom

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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A Story of Children and Film
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A Story of Children and Film 2013 PG

Mark Cousins' personal and poetic exploration of the cinema of childhood, as told through 53 great films from 25 countries.

101 mins United Kingdom

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The Yellow Balloon
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The Yellow Balloon 1953 PG

A young boy is coerced into helping a fugitive in J. Lee Thompson’s taut crime thriller, set amid the bombed-out ruins of post-war London.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. J. Lee Thompson

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Crows
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Crows 1994

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 Poland Director. Dorota Kedzierzawska

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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 Iran Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

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The Boot
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The Boot 1992

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

59 mins Iran Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

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Willow and Wind
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Willow and Wind 2000

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 Iran Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

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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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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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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.

68 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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Mark Kermode introduces The Lodger
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Mark Kermode introduces The Lodger 2015

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

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Mark Kermode introduces Dead Ringers
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Mark Kermode introduces Dead Ringers 2015

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

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Mark Kermode introduces Godzilla (1954)
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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

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Mark Kermode on BFI Player+
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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

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