Richard Nixon

Performing for the camera long pre-dates the selfie

Photography was never just about depicting the world as it is. From its earliest beginnings to the age of the selfie, the urge to put on a show for the camera has proved irresistible. And it has produced some of the art form's most astonishing images. John Walsh rubs his eyes

Are we losing the war on cancer?

100 of the world's experts convened at the weekend to take stock of our progress – and the diagnosis is gloomy. Steve Connor reports

Double DVD giveaway this weekend

On Saturday The Independent is giving away a free DVD of 'The Machinist', starring Christian Bale. It's a stark, disturbing tale of a man who hasn't slept for a year, and charts his seeming descent into madness - or is he trying to ruin his life for no good reason?

Frost/Nixon (15)

The atmosphere of Frost/Nixon is so heavy with self-importance that you'd be forgiven for thinking that, in it, the very fate of Western politics hangs in the balance. Ron Howard and Peter Morgan have opened up the latter's stage play to embrace a world of ritzy hotels and stretch limos, but he has kept the quasi-documentary build-up to persuade us that what we're to witness is a duel as legendary as David and Goliath, and as enthralling as Ali versus Foreman. And the prize at stake in this momentous encounter? An apology on TV from a disgraced politician. Pardon me if I'm underwhelmed.