Viennese noir... with red tinges
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Friday 16 April 2010
Richard Linklater's very straightforward, refreshingly so, drama revolves around Orson Welles's memorable 1937 Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, set in Mussolini's fascist Italy.
Sunday 06 December 2009
Friday 04 December 2009
Friday 30 October 2009
It would be nice to be able to buck the critical orthodoxy and say how tired and overrated Citizen Kane is; but the dulll truth is, it's still, indisputably, one of the great masterpieces of cinema – looking even better in this cleaned-up digital print, which shows off the wonderful clarity and detail of Gregg Toland's "deep focus" camerawork, bolstering the complexities of the story with new layers of feeling.
Wednesday 02 September 2009
Sunday 30 August 2009
Sunday 02 August 2009
Thursday 18 December 2008
Friday 21 November 2008
Wednesday 21 May 2008
Last week, I came across a review of a book on the plague that devastated Europe and the near East between the sixth and eighth centuries. The what, you say? Well, quite: for centuries, this plague was all but forgotten: we know all about the Black Death, but this plague, which may have been far greater, which decimated cities, wiped out thousands of villages, killed millions, vanished from view.
Monday 31 March 2008
Sunday 07 May 2006
Friday 24 June 2005
Sunday 06 February 2005
Saturday 14 August 2004
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more