Agnes Varda

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Agnes Varda: “I was curious, curiosity is a good thing. And I was curious about different people.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The friends and family of Agnès Varda – among the untarnished greats of postwar French cinema – can draw consolation from the awareness that she died (...)

Top of the list: Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa. His Rashomon came in at No. 4

Over the last few years, BBC Culture has been asking the world’s critics – including this writer and my colleague Tara Brady – to vote for their 100 f(...)

 Kristen Stewart  looks at   Cate Blanchett   ahead of the opening of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Photograph: Getty Images

At lunchtime on Sunday, torrential rain swept its way in from the Mediterranean to drench those squabbling in queues outside various bits of the Canne(...)

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in “Lady Bird”

1. Did anybody actually see these films? Yes, they did. But this is still the lowest-grossing set of best-picture nominees since 2011. Dunkirk, which (...)

Heal the Living: The director worked with medical professionals and horror effects specialists to replicate the moment when the heart leaves the chest

Different for girls? Not so much in France. Back in the 19th century, Alice Guy became one of cinema’s earliest auteurs, blazing a trail for other fem(...)

Director Lenny Abrahamson has made some of the most astute images of 21st-century Dublin and its buildings in Adam & Paul (starring Tom Murphy and Mark O’Halloran, pictured) and What Richard Did.

Ever since New York established the Mayor’s Office of Motion Pictures and Television in 1966, cities worldwide have sought to develop and shape their (...)

Demy, centre, on the set of his 1982 film Une Chambre en Ville (A Room in Town), which is screening at Cork French Film Festival

The second World War has just ended. A 14-year-old boy in short trousers stares through a shop window at a Pathé Baby home-movie camera. (...)