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Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando in a scene from Last Tango in Paris. Les Productions Artistes Associés

Why we should no longer consider Last Tango in Paris ‘a classic’

Revelations of sexual abuse in the making of Last Tango in Paris give the film 'the air of a snuff piece'. Film scholars must reassess the work – there is no place for revering artistic achievement over human suffering.
Brad Loree in Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Dimension Films/idmb

Halloween films: the good, the bad and the truly scary

Spooky ghosts, rampaging rock gods, an escaped killer dressed as a clown: Halloween has inspired an array of creepy cinematic classics. Here's our list of those to watch - and avoid.
Harvey Keitel as J.R. in Martin Scorsese’s first film Who’s That Knocking at My Door? Still from Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)

VIDEO: The five greatest Scorsese scenes – episode #1

Film scholar Bruce Isaacs dissects five classic Scorsese scenes, beginning with the celebrated director's first film, Who's That Knocking At My Door?
Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese on the set of Taxi Driver in 1976. Sikelia Productions, New York

Friday essay: It Felt Like a Kiss – movies, popular music and Martin Scorsese

From 'Mean Streets' to 'Vinyl', from The Ronettes to The Clash, music has long been a muse to film director Martin Scorsese. He plays it on set, conceives sequences with certain songs in mind and uses it to chart his characters' changing fortunes.
Nate Parker, director of the recent revolutionary US film “Birth of a Nation”. Shutterstock

How to get the African films we all should see onto our screens

Racism is a charge that could be leveled at cinema from its very inception. There are some positive signs of change, but audiences have a role to play in making sure African films flourish.
Jane Austen horror has burgeoned into a distinctive subgenre of adaptations. Kevin Harber

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: it’s the Jane Austen horror show

England’s green and pleasant land will be beset by a plague of the living dead, corpses will dig their way out of graves ... Jane Austen horror is now a distinctive subgenre of Austen adaptations.
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How your smartphone is changing cinema

This year has already seen the first selfie movie, the first series to air on Instagram – mobile phones are increasingly playing a major role in the film world.
Cue: tumbleweed. Iwan Gabovitch/flickr

What makes a film flop?

Many films exist on a knife-edge ... failure is only a screening away.

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