Britain’s seminal movie critic shares thoughts on 50 years of cinema

On the eve of his retirement, Philip French, one of the most prolific film critics of the 20th century, has participated in a Q&A on the industry he knows so well. After reporting for the Observer, the sunday edition of the Guardian, for many years, French became the paper’s film critic in 1978 and has written thousands of reviews since. In the Q&A, the respected critic answers questions from Observer readers and industry luminaries alike, including some from award-winning British directors such as Ken Loach and Mike Leigh. With topics ranging from the best film he’s ever seen to the role of print media in the digital era, it’s a rare opportunity to hear French’s opinions on more than how much he dislikes Kick-Ass 2.

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