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View 21 Days in China - a British teacher's impressions
21 Days in China - a British teacher's impressions
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21 Days in China - a British teacher's impressions 1972

"Education must be combined with productive labour", so says a Chinese slogan. Western cameras are special guests to capture 70s school days - eastern style!

6 mins People's Republic of China

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Aldeburgh Festival 1963

By 1963, Suffolk's Aldeburgh Festival was very much on the world music map but the annual invasion of 'foreigners' didn't go down well with all the locals.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Beating the Bounds
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Beating the Bounds 1983

Anglia TV report on David Ainsworth, the Rector of Sidestrand in Norfolk who goes to extraordinary lengths to beat the bounds of his parish!

5 mins United Kingdom

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Bernard Matthews' Turkey Farm 1963

10 years into building his empire, Anglia TV cameras catch up with Bernard Matthews about his humble beginnings, living and sleeping with turkeys and his plans for the future.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Broadway Playlist Introduction
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Broadway Playlist Introduction 2016

BFI Film Academy alumni select their favourites from the BFI Player catalogue.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Roger Knott-Fayle

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Chestney's Island 1986

The story of Bob Chestney, a Brancaster man, who for 35 years has been warden of Scolt Head Island on the North Norfolk coast. Anglia Television.

25 mins United Kingdom

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The Circus 1963

Anglia TV's 'Here and Now' cameras catch up with David Smart ahead of the start of the Billy Smart's New World Circus 8 month tour of Europe.

12 mins United Kingdom

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A Country Parson 1963

Be it in cassock or country tweed, this rural vicar's role is certainly varied as he juggles his duties as clergyman, advisor, school governor, diplomat and pianist!

13 mins United Kingdom

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Cromer Crabs 1973

An educational film about crab fishing at Cromer; from capture in a man-made crab pot to the shop counter ready for sale.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Dim Sum (A Little Bit of Heart)
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Dim Sum (A Little Bit of Heart) 2002

Documentarist Jane Wong films her mother and two Chinese friends as they discuss their lives and experiences as émigrés living in Liverpool.

38 mins United Kingdom Director. Jane Wong

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Dunwich in Decline
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Dunwich in Decline 1960

Anglia TV report in 1960, on the legends and fallacies of Dunwich on the Suffolk coast, which is no longer a thriving town, now a village.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Help for the Housebound
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Help for the Housebound 1961

Therapists from the East Surrey Mobile Physiotherapy Unit bring relief to many elderly patients in the comfort of their own homes

10 mins United Kingdom

View How Beer is Brewed in East Anglia
How Beer is Brewed in East Anglia
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How Beer is Brewed in East Anglia 1963

It's flat caps and fags in 60s Southwold as Bob Wellings natters with the natives to find out the secret of a good pint.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Instant Homes 1964

It's 1964 and new homes and housing are badly needed and Anglia TV's 'Here and Now' series reports on a quick and cost effective solution to the post war poor living conditions.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Introduction to Silent Shakespeare
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Introduction to Silent Shakespeare 2016

Discover why filmmakers in the silent era turned to the works of William Shakespeare for inspiration.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Oliver Cheetham

View The Magic Behind The Tempest (1979)
The Magic Behind The Tempest (1979)
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The Magic Behind The Tempest (1979) 2016

Toyah Willcox and Stuart Hopps share their memories of working on Derek Jarman's 1979 production of The Tempest, with access to a remarkable collection of notebooks, photos, scripts and designs from the film.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Oliver Cheetham

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Major L'Cock's mink farm in Norwich
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Major L'Cock's mink farm in Norwich 1964

"No girl can claim that she's really arrived until she can sport at least one mink coat" - according to this report in 1964.

12 mins United Kingdom

View Mark Kermode introduces A Matter of Life and Death
Mark Kermode introduces A Matter of Life and Death
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Mark Kermode introduces A Matter of Life and Death 2016

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

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Mark Kermode introduces A Night to Remember
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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

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Mark Kermode introduces Bad Timing
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Mark Kermode introduces Bad Timing 2016

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

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Mark Kermode introduces Battleship Potemkin
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Mark Kermode introduces Battleship Potemkin 2016

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

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Mark Kermode introduces Billy Liar
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Mark Kermode introduces Billy Liar 2017

Mark is taken in once more by the playful and poignant fantasies of Tom Courtenay’s mendacious titular charmer, in John Schlesinger’s classic escapist comedy.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

View Mark Kermode introduces Black Narcissus
Mark Kermode introduces Black Narcissus
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Mark Kermode introduces Black Narcissus 2016

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

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

View Mark Kermode introduces Blithe Spirit
Mark Kermode introduces Blithe Spirit
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Mark Kermode introduces Blithe Spirit 2016

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

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

View Mark Kermode introduces Brick Lane
Mark Kermode introduces Brick Lane
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Mark Kermode introduces Brick Lane 2017

Critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode looks back at Sarah Gavron's post-9/11 tale of cultural dislocation and female empowerment, based on Monica Ali's acclaimed novel.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

View Mark Kermode introduces Brief Encounter
Mark Kermode introduces Brief Encounter
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Mark Kermode introduces Brief Encounter 2016

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

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Mark Kermode introduces Bullet Boy
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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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Mark Kermode introduces By Our Selves
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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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Mark Kermode introduces Capricorn One
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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

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Mark Kermode introduces Celine and Julie Go Boating
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Mark Kermode introduces Celine and Julie Go Boating 2016

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

View Mark Kermode introduces Countess Dracula
Mark Kermode introduces Countess Dracula
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Mark Kermode introduces Countess Dracula 2016

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

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

View Mark Kermode introduces Distant Voices Still Lives
Mark Kermode introduces Distant Voices Still Lives
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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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Mark Kermode introduces Dogtooth
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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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Mark Kermode introduces Elena
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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

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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

View Mark Kermode introduces Fear Eats the Soul
Mark Kermode introduces Fear Eats the Soul
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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

View Mark Kermode introduces Fitzcarraldo
Mark Kermode introduces Fitzcarraldo
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Mark Kermode introduces Fitzcarraldo

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

View Mark Kermode introduces For Those in Peril
Mark Kermode introduces For Those in Peril
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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

View Mark Kermode introduces Genevieve
Mark Kermode introduces Genevieve
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Mark Kermode introduces Genevieve 2016

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

View Mark Kermode introduces Godzilla (1954)
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

View Mark Kermode introduces Hadewijch
Mark Kermode introduces Hadewijch
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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

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Mark Kermode introduces Helen
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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

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Mark Kermode introduces Highway Patrolman
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Mark Kermode introduces Highway Patrolman 2016

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

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

View Mark Kermode introduces I Am Divine
Mark Kermode introduces I Am Divine
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Mark Kermode introduces I Am Divine 2016

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

View Mark Kermode introduces Immoral Tales
Mark Kermode introduces Immoral Tales
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Mark Kermode introduces Immoral Tales 2017

The critic revels in Walerian Borowczyk's luxurious erotic anthology, detailing the scandals and censorship issues that greeted its UK release.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

View Mark Kermode introduces La Belle et la Bête
Mark Kermode introduces La Belle et la Bête
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Mark Kermode introduces La Belle et la Bête 2015

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

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Mark Kermode introduces L’Âge d'or
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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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Mark Kermode introduces Land and Freedom
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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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Mark Kermode introduces Las Acacias
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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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Mark Kermode introduces Le Mepris 2017

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

View Mark Kermode introduces Love and Death on Long Island
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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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Mark Kermode introduces Maîtresse
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Mark Kermode introduces Maîtresse 2016

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

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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

View Mark Kermode introduces My Brother the Devil
Mark Kermode introduces My Brother the Devil
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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

View Mark Kermode introduces Night Will Fall
Mark Kermode introduces Night Will Fall
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Mark Kermode introduces Night Will Fall 2016

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

View Mark Kermode introduces Nosferatu the Vampyre
Mark Kermode introduces Nosferatu the Vampyre
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Mark Kermode introduces Prick Up Your Ears
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Mark Kermode introduces Prick Up Your Ears 2016

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

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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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Mark Kermode introduces Rashomon
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Mark Kermode introduces Rashomon 2016

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

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Mark Kermode introduces Red Desert 2017

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

United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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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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Mark Kermode introduces Rome Open City
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Mark Kermode introduces Rome Open City 2016

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

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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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Mark Kermode introduces Symptoms
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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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Mark Kermode introduces That Sinking Feeling
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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

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Mark Kermode introduces The Arbor
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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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Mark Kermode introduces The Company of Wolves
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Mark Kermode introduces The Company of Wolves 2016 Not Rated

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

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Mark Kermode introduces The Day the Earth Caught Fire
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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

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Mark Kermode introduces The Devil's Backbone
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Mark Kermode introduces The Devil's Backbone 2017

Critic Mark Kermode effuses about one of his favourite films, Guillermo Del Toro's spine-tingling spectral masterpiece.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Mark Kermode introduces The Draughtsman's Contract
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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

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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

View Mark Kermode introduces The Fall of the House of Usher (1982)
Mark Kermode introduces The Fall of the House of Usher (1982)
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Mark Kermode introduces The Fall of the House of Usher (1982) 2016

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

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Mark Kermode introduces The Hunt 2017

Kermode revisits Thomas Vinterberg's provocative drama, for which Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor award at Cannes 2012.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Mark Kermode introduces The Immigrant
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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

View Mark Kermode introduces The Ipcress File
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Mark Kermode introduces The Ipcress File 2016

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

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Mark Kermode introduces The Lady Vanishes 2016

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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Mark Kermode introduces The Railway Children
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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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Mark Kermode introduces The Red Shoes 2015

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

View Mark Kermode introduces The Valley (Obscured By Clouds)
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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

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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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Mark Kermode introduces This Filthy Earth
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Mark Kermode introduces This Filthy Earth 2016

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

View Mark Kermode introduces Un Chien Andalou
Mark Kermode introduces Un Chien Andalou
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Mark Kermode introduces Un Chien Andalou 2016

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

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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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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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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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Mike Atherton on BFI's Cricket on Film 2016

Cricketing legend Mike Atherton joins BFI senior curator Steve Bryant on a through a century of cricket on film.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Jackson

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Monty the Lamb 2006

A day in the life of North London non-leaguers Hendon F.C., seen through the eyes of their club mascot, carpet fitter Dave Garner.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Kelly

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Newmarket, 'Home of Racing' 1963

An insight into Newmarket's world of racing as we go behind the scenes to speak to the people involved in this exciting industry and find out why it really is the 'Home of Racing'

13 mins United Kingdom

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Notes on Blindness - Introduction to the Audio Soundtracks 2016

This short video explains the three different soundtracks options available on BFI Player for the film Notes on Blindness.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. James Spinney, Peter Middleton

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Out for the Day 1959

Coming across this event by chance one dull Whitsun Bank Holiday, Leslie Gillham, sceptical at first, was soon poised with his camera to capture the wonders of a bygone age.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Out of the Rubble 2015

Visionary filmmaker Penny Woolcock explores half a century of British urban life using films digitised for Britain on Film, the archive project from BFI and its partner archives.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Penny Woolcock

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Oyster Fishing at Brightlingsea 1963

The big chill of the 1963 winter hits the subterranean Essex coast as oysters struggle to survive the freezing temperatures effecting our luxuries and livelihoods.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Palbro Pride - Up the Yare to Norwich 1982

A local record of a coaster and its cargo navigating the Yare from Yarmouth to Norwich.

5 mins United Kingdom

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The Shooting Gentleman 1963

It might be considered a rather unusual passion for a rural clergyman but the Vicarage in East Dereham was home to Canon Noel Boston and his spectacular sporting gun collection.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Sir Ian McKellen introduces All Night Long 2016

Sir Ian McKellen champions one of the less traditional Shakespeare adaptations, which updates Othello to the 1960s Soho jazz scene.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

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Sir Ian McKellen introduces Henry V (1944) 2016

Sir Ian McKellen introduces Laurence Olivier's classic adaptation of Henry V, a rousing wartime classic which McKellen contrasts with Kenneth Branagh's more circumspect 1989 version.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

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Sir Ian McKellen introduces Richard III (1995)
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Sir Ian McKellen introduces Richard III (1995) 2016

Sir Ian McKellen reflects on his most renowned on-screen Shakespearean role, reprised from Richard Eyre's acclaimed National Theatre production.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

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Sir Ian McKellen introduces Throne of Blood 2016

The champion of BFI's Shakespeare on Film season introduces Akira Kurosawa's great Macbeth adaptation.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

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Tryweryn, the Story of a Valley 1965

Devastation of a Welsh-speaking community: Capel Celyn village and farms of the Tryweryn Valley disappear beneath the waters of a reservoir so Liverpool’s thirst may be slaked.

37 mins Wales

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Welcome to Shakespeare Land! 2016

Travel back in time to a bygone Stratford-upon-Avon through the lens of the BFI's fascinating collection of Shakespeare-themed travelogues.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Oliver Cheetham

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