This Was The Week That Was
Monday 16 November 1998
Tomorrow Auguste Rodin died in 1917; the creator of The Kiss and The Thinker had failed the entrance exam to the cole des Beaux-Arts three times and briefly became a trainee monk. The manuscript of The Trial was sold for pounds 1m in 1988, to the annoyance of the ghost of unlucky Franz Kafka, who had died in poverty.
Wednesday In 1915, Audrey Munson, star of the movie Inspiration, beat Demi Moore to become the first leading lady to get her kit off, although she later branched out into roles that involved keeping her clothes on.
Thursday Count Anthony Matthioli, believed to have been the original for Alexandre Dumas's The Man in the Iron Mask, died in 1703. The recent film of the novel might also have benefited from being locked in the Bastille.
Friday In 1805, Fidelio opened in Vienna; it didn't help that Austria was currently under enemy occupation, that Beethoven was the third composer to have a shot at the libretto, and that the opera had to be extensively revised. Otherwise, Ludwig, a wonderful night.
Saturday Rene Magritte, born a century ago, could not answer the question: "How many Surrealists does it take to change a lightbulb?" (A fish.)
Sunday Mae West, showbiz legend who gave her name to the lifebelt, died in 1980.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Thatcher ‘was warned of Tory child sex party claims’
- 5 The Simpsons Family Guy trailer: First look at crossover episode after Comic-Con debut
Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
Game of Thrones season 4 blooper reel unveiled at Comic-Con 2014
Fifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral backlash from US parenting groups
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Doctor Who series 8: Watch Peter Capaldi in new ‘Listen!’ teaser trailer
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc