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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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Four hard-and-fast rules of filmmaking... and how The Passion of Joan of Arc breaks them
The rules are you don’t make a film like this. But Carl Dreyer did, 90 years ago, and he made a masterpiece.
Friday, April 20, 2018
How Ingmar Bergman mastered filming faces
With intense close-ups on his actors’ faces, Ingmar Bergman provided a window into their characters’ souls.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Eight key actors in the Ingmar Bergman universe
Get to know these faces – they recur throughout Ingmar Bergman’s greatest masterpieces.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Where to begin with Richard Linklater
Your next obsession: the easygoing, talkative indies of Richard Linklater
Friday, July 28, 2017
10 great German Expressionist films
From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Nosferatu, the trend for shadows, angst and exaggerated sets in 1920s German cinema laid the foundations for everything from film noir to the horror genre.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
10 great island films
Desert-island island movies…
Friday, May 26, 2017
10 great films set in one location
Confinement is no barrier to creativity in these must-see films involving a single setting.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Where to begin with Val Lewton
Your next obsession: the shadowy horror films of producer Val Lewton
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Seven reasons to celebrate The Seventh Seal – Ingmar Bergman’s medieval masterpiece turns 60
Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece about a doomed medieval knight who plays chess with Death is one of the great classics of world cinema. On its 60th anniversary, we count up the reasons it’s still so special.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Where to begin with Steven Soderbergh
Your next obsession: the genre-hopping cinema of indie trailblazer Steven Soderbergh
Friday, January 13, 2017
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