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Alex Barrett is an independent filmmaker and critic based in London. His latest project, London Symphony, was released in September 2017. He also runs the blog Night on Planet Earth. Twitter: @albaztks
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100 years of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – Why we’re still living in its shadows
A century after the release of the Expressionist horror landmark, we peer inside the cabinet to assess why Caligari had such a huge impact on the cinema.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Where to begin with Pedro Costa
Your next obsession: the hypnotic reveries of Pedro Costa
Monday, December 30, 2019
Where to begin with Alain Resnais
On the 97th anniversary of his birth, we explore the fractured narrative experiments of Alain Resnais.
Monday, June 3, 2019
10 great shorts that became features
Thunder Road began life as a short film before being expanded to feature-length by director Jim Cummings. As it hits UK cinemas, we picked out 10 celluloid acorns that grew into cinematic oaks.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
How Weimar cinema influenced six modern genres
Many a modern cinematic genre found its roots in the pioneering films of Weimar Germany. We trace six examples through a century under the influence.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
What’s the best year a director ever had?
From the director who in one year had three films in the running for the major Oscars to the pioneering woman who released, oh, 13 pictures in 12 months…
Friday, January 25, 2019
Horrible lover, great director – Jane Magnusson on the paradox of Ingmar Bergman
The director of a new documentary about a year in the life of Ingmar Bergman wrestles with a time in the Swedish filmmaker’s life in which extraordinary creativity and a turbulent private life went hand in hand.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Where to begin with Jean Cocteau
Your next obsession: the poetic dream cinema of Jean Cocteau
Monday, January 21, 2019
Where to begin with Jamil Dehlavi
Your next obsession: the hallucinatory, mystical cinema of Jamil Delhavi
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Where to begin with Tim Burton
Your next obsession: the gothic wonderlands of Tim Burton
Friday, August 24, 2018
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