Penélope Cruz as the mother in Pain and Glory

The latest, wonderful film from Pedro Almodóvar asks what a director does when he runs into a creative blockage. Well, you could do what so many have (...)

 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

Actors Anouk Aimee and Robert De Niro present Bernardo Bertolucci with a special award for his film The Last Emperor during the 1987 Cannes International Film Festival. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Forty-six years ago, Pauline Kael, the New Yorker’s influential film critic, did not hold back when heralding the debut of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last (...)

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(...)

La Dolce Vita: Italians are naturally nostalgic for the booming, confident Italy that Federico Fellini caught on film. Photograph: Fine Art/Heritage/Getty

The last time I was in Rome I hired a Vespa. What a way to see the city. Zooming around magisterial, imperial Rome gives you a false impression of the(...)

Along with making your own ice-cream and your own butter, making pasta is something we all should be able to do

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta,” according to the late Italian film director Federico Fellini. And according to the late and great Antonio (...)

Awkward sex remains one of the continuing distractions of the Cannes Film Festival.  Photograph: Getty Images

Awkward sex remains one of the continuing distractions of the Cannes Film Festival. Rare is the film in the Official Selection that doesn’t have some (...)

 Giulietta Masina in Federico Fellini’s La Strada (1954)

La Strada begins with a death and ends with weeping: for a film about a clown, it is awfully short on banana skins. In one of cinema’s most evocative,(...)

The Festival Palace at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which opens tomorrow. Photograph: EPA/Carsten Riedel

What do we mean by the Palme d’Or? That’s not quite so facile a question as it first appears. The Cannes Film Festival first awarded a top prize – to(...)

Federico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’: Peroni, the festival’s ‘official beverage sponsor’, pays homage to the 1960 masterpeice in its current cinema advertising campaign

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (Adiff) got under way on Thursday night with a “gala” screening of John Carney’s Sing Street in the Savoy (...)

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