From Valley Girl to Pulp Fiction and now Licorice Pizza, the San Fernando Valley is a familiar on-screen setting.
The man behind the man behind Citizen Kane is the subject of David Fincher’s sparkling paean to classic Hollywood.
By Sam Moore
Billy Wilder’s classic Hollywood satire from 1950 is also a great post-modern ghost story.
Dorothy Arzner gave Golden Age female stars like Katharine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell intelligent, complex roles.
By James Palmer
Themes of bisexuality and polygamy are subtly veiled in 1940’s My Favorite Wife.
Seventy years ago, a long-neglected real estate ad was rebuilt and an iconic cultural landmark was born.
By BP Flanagan
The pair’s six pre-Code Paramount films remain the ultimate synthesis of star and director.
By Lynsey Ford
In the pre-code era, the trailblazing Hollywood star used her sly humour and sex appeal to thrill audiences.
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film laments the loss of a moment in culture that will never be repeated.
By Gem Wheeler
William Dieterle’s 1948 film is an enthralling meditation on memory, loss and transformative power of art.
The 41st Academy Awards went ahead without a host, and signalled the transition from Old to New Hollywood.
In an age of increasingly familiar extended universes, individual films simply don’t have the same cultural impact as they did 20 years ago.
By Abbey Bender
She exudes sassy femininity in this classic musical comedy.
Underachieving rather than awful, Alex Proyas’ cornball, CG-driven adventure is tiresomely mad.
Films like Gods of Egypt and the #RumiWasntWhite backlash speak volumes about Hollywood’s whitewashing culture.
Social media campaigns like #LGBTSuperheroes are exposing the movie industry’s worrying lack of diversity.
By Sarah Jilani
Studios are being recruited to help combat IS, yet winning over those vulnerable to radicalisation requires a new narrative.