From garrulous, gangrenous Jeffrey Bernard to stovepipe-hatted Sebastian Horsley, Soho’s decadents and dandies have proven an entertaining if somewhat trying tribe. Many were far less interesting than their own egos would have them believe, as you’ll know if you ever visited Soho’s notorious Colony Room, a bear pit of strawberry-nosed drunks bellowing witlessly at one another.
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Friday 03 December 2010
Thursday 04 November 2010
ROTOR, the latest project from choreographer Siobhan Davies, uses dance as a prompt for other artists. Davies has commissioned a range of works, from performance pieces to sculptures, all drawing on her latest dance work. I liked Sam Collins's video installation, and wanted to steal Ben Tyers's gorgeous sculpture, but most of these works are lightweight.
Friday 29 October 2010
Alfred Hitchcock's close collaborations with soundtrack composers are the stuff of movie legend, but the accompaniment to one of his early works is shrouded in mystery.
Monday 13 September 2010
Friday 13 August 2010
Sunday 08 August 2010
I used to love Belgium, the nation about which General De Gaulle once snorted, "Two provinces don't make a country." So many of my passions – Tintin, Jacques Brel, frites with mayonnaise – come from there. Last week, however, my love for the Flems and Walloons was severely tested.
Saturday 07 August 2010
Robert Boyle was an Oscar-winning art director whose early architectural training was instrumental in his success.
Friday 09 July 2010
A collection of work by iconic fashion photographer Jeanloup Sieff, including a photograph of Alfred Hitchcock posing as a zombie with model Ina Balke during filming for 'Psycho', is due to go under the hammer at Christie's Paris auction house today.
Wednesday 30 June 2010
A collection of work by fashion photographer Jeanloup Sieff, including a photograph of Alfred Hitchcock posing as a zombie with model Ina Balke on the set of Psycho, is under the hammer at Christie's in Paris today.
Friday 18 June 2010
Friday 11 June 2010
Countless airplanes, one after the other, explode on the screen in front of you, on the runway and in the sky, terrifying in their horrifying, graceful demise. How can we understand such footage? What has it done to us? Can artists tell us? You might find some answers to these questions at Edinburgh's consistently excellent Fruitmarket Gallery, in an exhibition devoted to the works of the Belgian anthropologist-turned-film-artist Johan Grimonprez.
Wednesday 26 May 2010
Thursday 20 May 2010
Sometimes you have to admit that the French do things better than us. The news that their Education Ministry is to put 200 classic films on an online database so that their children can be educated in what they call the Seventh Art should be a rebuke to us.
Friday 14 May 2010
Friday 07 May 2010
This is a timely tribute to a great technician of movie-making, Jack Cardiff, who died last month, aged 94.
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