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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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My Name Is Alfred HitchcockMy Name Is Alfred Hitchcock

Documentary2022120 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins re-examines the vast filmography and legacy of one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers, through a new lens: the auteur’s own voice.

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Fragments of ParadiseFragments of Paradise

Documentary202398 minsDirector: KD Davison

Intimate portrait of the life and career of the pioneering filmmaker, poet and critic, Jonas Mekas, assembled from thousands of hours of his personal film footage and letters.

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An Accidental StudioAn Accidental Studio

Documentary201993 minsDirector: Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Kim Leggatt

Charting the rise of one of Britain's most distinctive film companies, HandMade Films, producer of classics such as Life of Brian, The Long Good Friday and Withnail and I.

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Elstree 1976Elstree 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.

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David Lynch: The Art LifeDavid Lynch: The Art Life

Documentary201688 minsDirector: Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm and Jon Nguyen

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

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Memory: The Origins of AlienMemory: The Origins of Alien

Documentary201993 minsDirector: Alexandre O. Philippe

The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s Alien, one of Hollywood’s most beloved and iconic shockers.

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr StoryBombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Documentary201789 minsDirector: Alexandra Dean

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

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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic SoundMaking Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Documentary201995 minsDirector: Midge Costin

Faders on stun: Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin’s immersive, educational and hugely enjoyable documentary exploring the power of sound in cinema.

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The Story of LookingThe Story of Looking

Documentary202187 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins’ personal meditation on the power of looking.

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Film Stars Don't Die in LiverpoolFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Biopic2017106 minsDirector: Paul McGuigan

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell bring to life the true story of the love affair between Gloria Grahame and young, Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner.

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3 Days in Quiberon3 Days in Quiberon

Biopic2018116 minsDirector: Emily Atef

This intimate, unconventional biopic of one of the great stars of European cinema - Romy Schneider (La Piscine, The Trial) - follows the reclusive actress as she battles a journalist - and her demons - during an intensive, three-day interview.

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Their FinestTheir Finest

Comedy2017117 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).

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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken LoachVersus: 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.

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Life ItselfLife 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.

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Documentary201496 minsDirector: Ron Mann

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

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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.

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Documentary201580 minsDirector: Kent Jones

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

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Life, AnimatedLife, Animated

Documentary201692 minsDirector: Roger Ross Williams

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

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Bergman: A Year in a LifeBergman: A Year in a Life

Documentary2018117 minsDirector: Jane Magnusson

A fascinating and unflinching study of the brilliance of Ingmar Bergman’s extraordinary career, crafted around one of his most prolific and creatively fruitful years.

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Searching for Ingmar BergmanSearching for Ingmar Bergman

Documentary201899 minsDirector: Margarethe von Trotta

Internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines the filmmaker's life and work with his closest collaborators as well as a new generation of filmmakers.

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own WordsIngrid 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.

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La La LandLa La Land

Comedy2016128 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).

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My Journey through French CinemaMy 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.

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A Story of Children and FilmA 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.

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Singin' in the RainSingin' in the Rain

Comedy1951103 minsDirector: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

Hollywood’s troubled transition from silent to talking pictures at the end of the 1920s provided the inspiration for this greatest of movie musicals.

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The Lovers & the DespotThe Lovers & the Despot

Documentary201698 minsDirector: Ross Adam and Rob Cannan

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.

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Mansfield 66/67Mansfield 66/67

Documentary201786 minsDirector: P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes

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

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What Is This Film Called Love?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.

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A Century of French CinemaA Century of French Cinema

Documentary199550 minsDirector: Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Luc Godard

Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.

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Biopic2017108 minsDirector: Michel Hazanavicius

From the Oscar-winning director of The Artist, a brilliantly realised portrait of France’s maestro director Jean-Luc Godard spiralling into philosophical and romantic crisis.

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Thursday's ChildThursday'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.

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Joshua Tree, 1951 A Portrait of James DeanJoshua 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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Night of the FilmmakersNight of the Filmmakers

Documentary199551 minsDirector: Edgar Reitz

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

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A Bit of ScarletA 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.

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He Dreams of GiantsHe Dreams of Giants

Documentary202083 minsDirector: Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe

Terry Gilliam battles with obsession and self-doubt in this poignant, insightful documentary on the making of his long-anticipated screen adaptation of Don Quixote.

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A Fuller LifeA 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.

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