Amélie – the most stylish film ever made?

[ad_1] In an amusing twist, Amélie was rejected when it was submitted to the Cannes Film Festival, with Jeunet reporting that programmer Gilles Jacob called the film “uninteresting”. In July of this year, Amélie finally did play at Cannes, in a special anniversary screening on the beach. Hundreds of fans – including myself – turned […]

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Butterflies: The ultimate icon of our fragility

[ad_1] In the 20th and 21st Centuries, the vanitas connection with butterflies held strong. Inevitably, however, the message has mutated in line with historical conditions. In the 1950s the French artist Jean Dubuffet made art using real butterfly wings which he stuck to the surface of canvases to make colourful designs of abstract patterns. In […]

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How talent shows became TV’s most bizarre programmes

[ad_1] “Because of places like Butlins and these holiday camps, audiences were primed to watch in a particular way, with empathy and humour, and they were also primed to audition for [these shows] too,” Hill adds. “There was a strong passing down of an entertainment history to audiences from this and the reality talent shows […]

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What the future of Bond movies could look like

[ad_1] One thing is for sure – don’t expect the trope of these villains having facial deformities to continue for much longer. “You’ve got Le Chiffre [from Casino Royale, played by Mads Mikkelsen] with his weeping tear duct. You’ve got Silva [from Skyfall, played by Javier Bardem] with his face dissolved. And now we’ve got […]

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No Time To Die: The women who have shaped Bond

[ad_1] It’s difficult to measure the impact of Doran’s influence on Hollywood; her last official film credit was Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang in 2010, and her work extends to teaching alongside her consultancy work with studios and filmmakers. However Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, whose collective writing and directorial work ranges from 21 […]

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How The Velvet Underground film reclaims the past

[ad_1] How The Velvet Underground film reclaims the past (Image credit: Courtesy of Apple) Todd Haynes’ new film offers a fresh take on the seminal 60s band. It’s one of several films this year that are breaking boundaries and challenging conventions. T There’s a brief moment in Todd Haynes’ new documentary The Velvet Underground where […]

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye: ‘Hollywood Oscar bait’

[ad_1] There aren’t many screen heroines with the garishly bad taste of Tammy Faye Bakker, brought to flamboyant life by Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. But the real Tammy was also a one-of-a-kind spectacle. In the 1970s and ’80s, comedians mocked her tarantula-like fake eyelashes and crying fits. But she was also […]

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Why the world still loves 1970s detective show Columbo

[ad_1] After what proved to be the final outing, 2003’s Columbo Likes the Nightlife, Falk planned one more Columbo episode, Columbo’s Last Case (that would start at Columbo’s retirement party). But a combination of lack of network interest and Falk’s age and declining health meant it wasn’t to be. Falk died in June 2011 from […]

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Films showing the reality of marriage

[ad_1] In Marriage Story, Johansson and Adam Driver are Nicole and Charlie, an actress and a director working together in what is assuredly his theatre company. A framed magazine article about them on the wall of their Brooklyn home is headlined “Scenes from a Marriage”, a phrase that is never a good omen. Baumbach’s eloquent […]

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Seven Brothers: The book that shaped a Nordic identity

[ad_1] Seven Brothers: The book that shaped a Nordic identity (Image credit: Finnish Opera and Ballet) A story about living in nature – and the value of culture – captures the spirit of Finland. Lizzie Enfield explores the remarkable legacy of Seven Brothers. F Finland is a place of extreme contrasts. It’s a land of […]

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