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The Ghostliness of Mark Jenkin's  Post-Brexit Parable, 'Bait'

Mark Jenkin's haunting Bait exhibits a ghostliness that complements the film's transient landscape of seasonal capital and short-term holiday lets.

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BFI's Release of Abel Gance's 'Napoléon' Does Justice to a Masterpiece

The BFI’s restoration of Gance’s groundbreaking, grandiloquent 1927 epic is one of the year’s most highly anticipated Blu-ray releases.

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Bloody Good Terror the English Way: 'The Quatermass Xperiment' and 'Burn Witch Burn'

Brian Donleavy shouts and Peter Wyngarde wears pyjamas in these two British horror classics.

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Film Archiving: The Importance of Enlightening Those Audiences Sitting in the Dark

Special programs devoted to cinematic greats like Alfred Hitchcock or Deborah Kerr might be the flashiest part of an archivist’s job, but fiction curator Jo Botting also enjoys tracking down rare films and ensuring the next generation gets to see them.

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Is Life Worth the Risk? 'The COI Collection: Volume Six'

Controversial subjects such as sexually transmitted diseases rub shoulders with anti-drink driving films.

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A Very British Tommy: 'You Lucky People!'

Sentiment, comment and a touch of philosophic contemplation punctuate the situations and the silliness of this very British vintage comedy.

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Fun At St.Fanny's

Saucy French schoolmistresses, cheeky brat schoolboys, incompetent teachers, bungling gangsters, and acres and acres of the oldest jokes known to civilisation

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Trembling in the Web: 'Robinson in Ruins'

A spider spins its web as the narration describes the financial crisis of 2009. Construction, decay, and reconstruction. The spider trembles in its web.

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'Sliding Doors' Meets 'Mad Men': 'The Awakening Conscience' in James Hill's 'Lunch Hour'

Clever and strategic emblems placed along the way define this modern cinematic take on Holman Hunt's The Awakening Conscience.

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'Shadows of Progress' Is a Testament to the Best in Documentary Filmmaking

This is one of the best DVD releases of the year. It's so substantial, and so thorough, that it becomes not so much a DVD collection as a small, single-subject library of film.

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The Pleasure Garden

The Pleasure Garden is a very engaging curiosity, and should be applauded for its inquisitive, progressive and cheeky exploration of love, sexuality and art.

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The Dragons: BFI

A rare lost gem thankfully resurrected, perfect for the headphones and the stereo stack.

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