The great movie scenes: Bernardo Bertolucci broke the rules to skewer fascism in The Conformist

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What makes a film a classic? In this video series, film scholar Bruce Isaacs looks at a classic film and analyses its brilliance. Great Italian directors of the 1960s and 1970s were skilled visual stylists. Cinematic examples include L’Aventura (1960), … Read More

How the Oscars finally made it less lonely for women at the top of their game

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This year, with the nomination of both Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell in the Academy Awards’ Best Director category — and their films in Best Picture — it seems at last the Oscars powerbrokers have learned to count, putting more … Read More

Reaching African audiences in their mother tongue: one film’s ongoing legacy

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Over 2,000 languages are spoken in Africa, with multilingualism a common feature of everyday life. Across the continent, though, millions of school pupils aren’t taught in their mother tongue. Zambia, for instance, is a country with a huge range of … Read More

4 ways independent filmmakers can make the most of small budgets for big results

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“Here are your handcuffs. Now, how would you like to wear them?” Each time I embark on a new low-budget independent film, this is the mantra that begins to play on a loop in my head. In the summer of … Read More

3 things I learned from teaching students about horror pioneer George Romero’s movies during these scary times

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I’m no fan of horror movies. At least I wasn’t until I moved from Hollywood back to my hometown of Pittsburgh, where I met the legendary independent filmmaker George Romero, best known as the inventor of the modern-day zombie and … Read More

3 possible endings for cinema as COVID pushes it to the brink

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Hollywood’s heavyweights joined forces last week to ask the US government to help save cinemas. Directors James Cameron, Patty Jenkins and Martin Scorsese warned that cinemas “may not survive the impact of the pandemic,” with more than two thirds likely … Read More

The great movie scenes: Inception’s mindbending Paris scene

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What makes a film a classic? In this video series, film scholar Bruce Isaacs looks at a classic film and analyses its brilliance. Watching Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception, especially in the cinema, is an overwhelming experience. The viewer has … Read More

what is storyboarding for film?

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Images are all around us. But what about the images you may never have seen, which influence the storytelling you watch every day? Storyboarding often forms a crucial part of the pre-production process of film, television, animation, game design, advertising, … Read More

World War Z frames the terror of ‘loss of self’ and the threat of a mass pandemic

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What makes a film a classic? In this video series, film scholar Bruce Isaacs looks at a classic film and analyses its brilliance. (Warning: this video contains violence and may be upsetting for some viewers.) There is perhaps no better … Read More

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