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Is it time to cancel Sophocles?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad The sun has returned, the snow is so-so, and exercise has replaced everything, including romance. What a way to…

From bad joke to 21st-century classic: the best recordings of Korngold’s Violin Concerto

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Erich Korngold was what you might call an early adopter. As a child prodigy in Habsburg Vienna, he’d astonished the…

Gina Carano and the hypocrisy of Hollywood

12 February 2021 5:46 am

Godwin’s Law has become a way of life in our polarised political times. Go on social media any given day…

Even I, a bitter and cynical middle-aged woman, felt stirred: Sylvie’s Love reviewed

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Sylvie’s Love is an exquisitely styled, swooning, old-school, period Hollywood romance and while it has been described as ‘glib’ in…

Wistful thinking: Mr Wilder & Me, by Jonathan Coe, reviewed

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Mr Wilder & Me is not in any way a state- of-the-nation novel — and thank goodness. Brilliant as Jonathan…

The genius of stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Claudia Massie explores the cinematic majesty and mind-bending visual trickery of stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen

My nights of passion with Juliette Gréco

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Juliette Gréco’s recent death in her nineties brought back some melodramatic memories. In 1957 Gréco was one of France’s…

Would be much better without Bill or Ted: Bill & Ted Face the Music reviewed

26 September 2020 9:00 am

I think I am supposed to say that Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third in a franchise about…

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Hollywood’s transrace hypocrisy

10 September 2020 2:30 am

It is an article of fashionable faith that genetic differences in sex are meaningless and malleable, but genetic differences in…

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Olivia de Havilland’s Red Scare

28 July 2020 11:26 pm

Olivia de Havilland, who has died aged 104, will forever be remembered for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone…

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Where can patriotic Americans find America?

21 July 2020 9:35 am

If we’ve confirmed anything in 2020, it is that liberal-progressives really do control the major influencers in America. This puts…

Drive-in cinemas are back – but for how long?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Tanya Gold on the rise and fall of drive-in cinema

From bashful teenager to supermodel: Susanna Moore’s fairytale memoir

27 June 2020 9:00 am

There’s a kind of writing about LA that I am a sucker for. Gossipy, lyrical, with a surface of affectless…

The unstoppable rise of television-rewatch podcasts

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Talking Sopranos — a new weekly podcast which launched this month— is another example of a seemingly unstoppable sub-genre occupying…

Movie-makers should look to the Athenians before cashing in on this crisis

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Covid-19 has not yet reached its peak but already the moguls of the small screen are plotting how to monetise,…

The director that everyone loved to hate: David Thomson interviews Peter Bogdanovich

21 March 2020 9:00 am

David Thomson talks to the director about Buster Keaton, falling out of favour with Hollywood, and his mentor Orson Welles

Even the Oscars after-parties have lost their shine

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Reading about the Oscars this week, I couldn’t help thinking back to a time when they actually meant something. When…

Alfred Dreyfus is being erased all over again

11 January 2020 9:00 am

In London to promote a book, I received an invitation to a secret screening of An Officer and a Spy,…

Ricky Gervais has given Hollywood the thrashing it richly deserves

7 January 2020 12:11 am

Finally, Hollywood has received the thrashing it so richly deserves. The self-satisfied movie elites have been called out — to…

Joan Collins: why I love London taxi drivers

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Percy and I have seen quite a few movies recently and enjoyed many of them, which is rare. But the…

The best Terminator film since the first: Terminator Six reviewed

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The first Terminator film, which came out in 1984, was a high-concept sci-fi serial killer thriller. You can just imagine…

Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

DiCaprio and Pitt are transfixing: Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood reviewed

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a sprawling tale set in Hollywood in 1969, against…

Bring me my arrow of desire: the original Italian film poster for Pasolini’s 1974 Il Fiore delle Mille e Una Notte

How film fell for caliphs and slave girls

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Most of Hollywood’s Arabian Nights fantasies are, of course, unadulterated tosh. The Middle East, wrote the American film critic William…

Proper adult entertainment: Claude Rains, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946), with taut dialogue by Ben Hecht

The invisible man behind Hollywood’s greatest films

20 April 2019 9:00 am

What do the following filmmakers have in common: Victor Fleming, John Ford, Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernst Lubitsch,…

Fasten your seatbelts: Bette Davis in her dressing room during the filming of All About Eve

All About Eve was all about bitching – off-screen as well as on

26 January 2019 9:00 am

In 1950, Bette Davis had a string of recent flops behind her. She was 41, married to an embarrassing twerp…