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Revived and restored from the world's archives.
This year’s selection of revivals and rediscoveries reflects the wide range and global scale of film restoration work now made possible by the application of modern, flexible digital technology – especially rewarding in the case of the World Cinema Foundation’s wonderful Indian dance spectacular, Kalpana (1948), and Lino Brocka’s once-unattainable Philippine masterpiece, Manila in the Claws of Light (1975). From the US come the cult classics, Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Nicholas Ray’s The Lusty Men (1952), Jacques Demy’s Model Shop (1969), and Shirley Clarke’s revitalised Portrait of Jason (1967); and from the UK, Dirk Bogarde’s career-altering turn in the law-influencing Victim (1961). Two gilt-edged vintage favourites, Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête (1946) and Thorold Dickinson’s Gaslight (1940), offer a tantalising taste of the BFI’s forthcoming epic exploration of Gothic cinema.
The official film record of the legendary 1924 attempt to conquer the highest mountain in the world, with a performance by Simon Fisher Turner of his new score.
Jean Cocteau’s much-loved Gothic fantasy La Belle et la Bête has been digitally restored to 4K to mark the 50th anniversary of the director’s death.
Arthur Ripley’s original and intriguing film noir breaks the rules of the genre as its returning soldier hero defies his gangster boss.
Delmer Daves’ restored Western, an epic cattle-drive with tough Glenn Ford teaching tenderfoot Jack Lemmon the ropes on the trail to self-knowledge.
Brash, charismatic tough-guy James Cagney made his name in these gritty, fast-paced, realistic Warner Bros. Depression-era gangster melodramas.
A powerful Gothic melodrama of domestic sadism and psychological suspense, now digitally remastered by the BFI National Archive.
Nazi-era screwball musical comedy with popular stars Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch, based on Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night.
A beggar pays dearly for his theft of a pearl necklace in this Weimar-era silent melodrama of poverty, greed and prostitution.
Dance maestro Uday Shankar’s beautiful, experimental, hallucinatory paean to classical Indian dance, in which the choreography itself is the star turn.
Orson Welles’ celebrated noir-thriller dazzlingly restored, with femme fatale Rita Hayworth famously reflected in a surreal hall of mirrors.
One of Robert Mitchum’s greatest performances in Nicholas Ray’s subtle, evocative portrayal of the lives and modest dreams of proud rodeo performers.
The late, great Lino Brocka’s portrayal of a young labourer’s desperate search for his abducted girlfriend in the lower depths of Manila.
A glorious restoration of Jacques Demy’s only American film, a stylish late-1960s exploration of superficiality and voyeurism with Anouk Aimée.
A World War II Norwegian resistance hero traverses a hostile, icy landscape, pursued by German soldiers, in Arne Skouen’s Oscar-nominated film.
Shirley Clarke’s cinéma-vérité masterpiece about a gay African-American cabaret performer and prostitute revealingly restored.
Luchino Visconti directs Claudia Cardinale in this rococo vision of corruption, despair, betrayal and incest superbly restored and ripe for re-appraisal.
Peter Brook’s provocative anti-Vietnam War 1960s protest piece, combining the talents of the Royal Shakespeare Company with his own cinematic flair.
Basil Dearden’s brave, sober exposé of England’s repressive homosexual laws launched Dirk Bogarde’s career change as a serious international actor.
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