Monthly Film Bulletin

Monthly Film Bulletin

Monthly Film Bulletin

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The Monthly Film Bulletin was a periodical of the British Film Institute published monthly from February 1934 to April 1991. It reviewed all films on release in the United Kingdom, including those with a narrow arthouse release. The MFB was edited in the mid-1950s by David Robinson, in the late 1950s and early 1960s by Peter John Dyer, and then by Tom Milne. By the end of the 1960s, when the character and tone of its reviews changed considerably with the arrival of a new generation of critics influenced by the student culture and intellectual tumult of the time (not least the overthrow of old ideas of "taste" and quality), David Wilson was the editor. It was then edited by Jan Dawson (1938Richard Roud (ed) Cinema: A Critical Dictionary: The Major Film Makers, 1980, Secker & Warburg, p.v – 1980), for two years from 1971, and from 1973 until its demise by the New Zealand-born critic Richard Combs.

In 1991 MFB merged with Sight and Sound, which had until then been published quarterly - Sight and Sound then became a monthly publication and took up the Monthly Film Bulletin's remit to review all films released in the UK.

The Monthly Film Bulletin was originally published to allow UK cinema managers to decide what films to show, hence the complete cast and production lists, full plot followed by a thorough critique. Only films that had been registered with the UK government trade authority were covered each month. During the years...
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