The call of the cuckoo is the most musical sound in all of nature - but clock makers don't often capture it right
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Sunday 17 February 2013
A Catholic priest known for his theological scholarship, Ronald Arbuthnott Knox single-handedly re-translated the Latin Vulgate Bible into English, and often wrote on religious themes. But he was also an editor, literary critic, and a humourist who wrote six decent mystery novels and three volumes of short stories, starting in the late 1920s. According to Evelyn Waugh, Knox saw his mysteries as "an intellectual exercise, a game between reader and writer, in which a problem was precisely stated and elaborately described."
Friday 28 December 2012
There's a famous scene in Citizen Kane where Orson Welles chronicles the disintegration of a sixteen year marriage in two minutes of screen time through a montage of increasingly chilly breakfast confrontations.
Thursday 20 December 2012
Thursday 02 August 2012
Ah yes, the master of suspense
Saturday 16 June 2012
"You are a scared, heartless, horrible little man!" screams Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) to his long-term companion J Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio), the first director of the FBI, in Clint Eastwood's bloated biopic, focusing on this monster's rise to power and his closet homosexuality.
Thursday 14 July 2011
Friday 13 May 2011
Astonishing value for money, this monograph on the legendary director is worth getting for the pictures alone. The double-page spreads include some of the most striking stills in the history of cinema: Welles and Joseph Cotten surrounded by bales of the New York Inquirer from Citizen Kane;multiple mirror images of Rita Heyworth from The Lady from Shanghai. Equally remarkable is a 1942 shot of Heyworth sitting next to Randolph Hearst, the resentful model for Citizen Kane. Five years later, at the fag-end of her marriage to Welles, Heyworth starred in The Lady from Shanghai. As Paolo Mereghetti notes, "The film ends with a devastating gesture of contempt for star status as the hero walks away from the dying Heyworth."
Sunday 27 February 2011
A combination of rising inflation, spending cuts, benefit changes and tax rises risks creating "a cost-of-living crisis" for families, Ed Miliband will warn tomorrow.
Friday 28 January 2011
Wednesday 29 December 2010
One of the perennial oddities of the London concert calendar lies in the fact that at that point of the year when people are keenest to go to concerts, there are fewest on offer.
Thursday 09 September 2010
Oscar wining film The Third Man (1949) has been re-released on blu ray with commentary from assistant director Guy Hamilton, actor Simon Callow and other members of the production team.
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