What better April fool for film buffs than a listicle prank? The BFI website chose 1 April 2015 as the day to sing the praises of some of film history’s neglected masterpieces. It’s a fabulous list, to which I contributed just one entry, an early silent romance by Michael Powell. You might say it’s too good to be true.
What do Napoléon, The Gold Rush, Blackmail and Metropolis all have in common? They all exist in multiple versions – and so I wrote entries on them for Sight & Sound’s April 2015 cover story Remake/Remodel
The Guardian has a new series on its film blog, in which writers nominate the film that makes them cry. Spoilt for choice, I elected to write about DW Griffith’s The Mothering Heart (1913), starring Lillian Gish.
Caroline Alice Lejeune was a pioneer in the world of film criticism – one of the first to review films for a newspaper, and very probably the first woman to take up the trade. I’ll be talking about her at this event at the BFI library about female film criticism. I also wrote a short piece about her for the Guardian’s women page, and I contributed an extract from one of her columns to this fantastic Sight & Sound compilation of 25 female film critics.
In the March 2015 issue of Sight & Sound magazine, I reviewed Ruth Barton’s wonderful new biography of the idiosyncratic silent era director Rex Ingram.
Another Sight & Sound list – this time counting up the best home video releases of the year. Yes, my list was all silent movies