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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.

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Mansfield 66/67
Mansfield 66/67
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Mansfield 66/67

Documentary201786 minsDirector: P. David Ebersole

Jayne Mansfield: Goddess? Genius? Satanist? This wild documentary from the makers of Room 237 examines the blonde bombshell's relationship with Anton LaVey.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Documentary201789 minsDirector: Alexandra Dean

Fascinating documentary about the glamorous Hollywood star who was also a genius inventor of military technology.

David Lynch: The Art Life
David Lynch: The Art Life
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David Lynch: The Art Life

Documentary201688 minsDirector: Rick Barnes

An exquisitely textured and reflective documentary about Lynch as a visual artist.

Their Finest
Their Finest
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Their Finest

Comedy2016117 minsDirector: Lone Scherfig

Gemma Arterton sparkles in this witty drama set in the world of propaganda filmmaking during WWII, from director Lone Scherfig (The Riot Club, An Education).

My Journey through French Cinema
My Journey through French Cinema
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My Journey through French Cinema

Documentary2016193 minsDirector: Bertrand Tavernier

Director Bertrand Tavernier guides us on a fascinating voyage through French film history, from the 1930s through to the '70s.

Elstree 1976
Elstree 1976
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Elstree 1976

Documentary2015101 minsDirector: Jon Spira

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, ten actors landed small roles in a mysterious project called Star Wars. This is the story of how their lives changed forever.

La La Land
La La Land
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La La Land

Musical2016128 minsDirector: Damien Chazelle

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

Life Itself
Life Itself
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Life Itself

Documentary2014121 minsDirector: Steve James

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

Life, Animated
Life, Animated
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Life, Animated

Documentary201692 minsDirector: Roger Ross Williams

A fascinating and moving documentary about how an autistic boy learned to communicate through Disney films.

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Documentary2015114 minsDirector: Stig Björkman

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

78/52
78/52
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78/52

Documentary201792 minsDirector: Alexandre O. Philippe

This superb, in-depth documentary devotes 90 minutes to analysing one of cinema’s most famous sequences – the shower scene in Psycho.

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Documentary201694 minsDirector: Louise Osmond

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

Hitchcock/Truffaut
Hitchcock/Truffaut
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Hitchcock/Truffaut

Documentary201580 minsDirector: Kent Jones

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

A Fuller Life
A Fuller Life
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A Fuller Life

Documentary201380 minsDirector: Samantha Fuller

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.

The Lovers & the Despot
The Lovers & the Despot
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The Lovers & the Despot

Documentary201698 minsDirector: Ross Adam

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.

The Story of Film part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World
The Story of Film part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World
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The Story of Film part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World

Documentary201161 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

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

What Is This Film Called Love?
What Is This Film Called Love?
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What Is This Film Called Love?

Documentary201281 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

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

A Story of Children and Film
A Story of Children and Film
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A Story of Children and Film

Documentary2013101 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

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

8½
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Drama1963138 minsDirector: Federico Fellini

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

Night of the Filmmakers
Night of the Filmmakers
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Night of the Filmmakers

Documentary199551 minsDirector: Edgar Reitz

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

Altman
Altman
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Altman

Documentary201496 minsDirector: Ron Mann

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

A Bit of Scarlet
A Bit of Scarlet
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A Bit of Scarlet

Documentary199671 minsDirector: Andrea Weiss

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

Thursday's Child
Thursday's Child
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Thursday's Child

Drama194379 minsDirector: Rodney Ackland

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

Joshua Tree, 1951 A Portrait of James Dean
Joshua Tree, 1951  A Portrait of James Dean
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Joshua Tree, 1951 A Portrait of James Dean

Biopic201294 minsDirector: Matthew Mishory

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

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Behind the Camera

A rich archive giving an unparalleled insight into the creative process. Enjoy this diverse range of wisdom and perspective on the art and craft of cinema.

Century of Cinema
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Century of Cinema

Personal and profound look into lives immersed in film. These documentaries about films and culture show the medium's role in love and war, nostalgia and national identity.

The Story of Film
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The Story of Film

When filmmakers turn the camera on themselves, or on each other, the results are insightful and often profoundly personal.

Cinema of Childhood
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Cinema of Childhood

Cinema of Childhood is a season of films curated by Mark Cousins to accompany his documentary A Story of Children and Film. Most of the films are featured in the documentary and they comprise 11 of the best films about childhood ever made, from eight countries, spanning seven decades.

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