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One man’s ruin

Ruin Lust at Tate Britain One man’s meat is another man’s poison, just as sure as one man’s ruin is another man’s… well, ruin. There is little chance of a semantic evasion for a building that has been run down

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One man’s ruin

Ruin Lust at Tate Britain One man’s meat is another man’s poison, just as sure as one man’s ruin is another man’s… well, ruin. There is little chance of a semantic evasion for a building that has been run down

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A long talk to freedom

Mandela; long walk to freedom (2013, directed Justin Chadwick) By rights, Nelson Mandela should be an attractive character for Hollywood scriptwriters. His is an incredible story, in a picturesque country, well-known, uplifting and affirming. The most recent interpretation, based on

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A long talk to freedom

Mandela; long walk to freedom (2013, directed Justin Chadwick) By rights, Nelson Mandela should be an attractive character for Hollywood scriptwriters. His is an incredible story, in a picturesque country, well-known, uplifting and affirming. The most recent interpretation, based on

Les Misérables; a drama whose chief character is the infinite

When Les Misérables hits UK screens, sales of Victor Hugo’s magnum opus are likely to benefit, but readers expecting to relive the romance of Cosette and Marius may be disappointed. As Hugo informs his reader, “This book is a drama,

Les Misérables; a drama whose chief character is the infinite

When Les Misérables hits UK screens, sales of Victor Hugo’s magnum opus are likely to benefit, but readers expecting to relive the romance of Cosette and Marius may be disappointed. As Hugo informs his reader, “This book is a drama,

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Елена

Elena (Zvyagintsev, 2011) It can be easy, as a distant observer, to watch Russian film with an eye out for remnants of the old Soviet order. We are so used to thinking in terms of a society governed by a

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Елена

Elena (Zvyagintsev, 2011) It can be easy, as a distant observer, to watch Russian film with an eye out for remnants of the old Soviet order. We are so used to thinking in terms of a society governed by a

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Gatz: Another Diamond Geezer

I initially started to write a review of Gatz, a mammoth six-hour staging of The Great Gatsby with the intention of weaving in my thoughts on the novel. Too distracted to mention the play before I was nearly six-hundred words

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Gatz: Another Diamond Geezer

I initially started to write a review of Gatz, a mammoth six-hour staging of The Great Gatsby with the intention of weaving in my thoughts on the novel. Too distracted to mention the play before I was nearly six-hundred words

Putin on Film

Putin on Film

Russia is not a country that comes across particularly well in film, which tends to exaggerate extremes. Perhaps it is also fair to say that Russia is often thought and approached in terms of in extremes, so together the subject and the media create something of a perfect storm.

The link above and below is my review of a day of films ranging from the reflective to the investigate and to the accusatory. Each has something to say about Russia in the age of Vladimir Putin, whose return to the Presidency shows his indispensability, as well, you might argue, as his limitations.

If you get a chance to see any of them (particularly Our Newspaper or Putin’s Kiss), don’t miss out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW0zM3neKj8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mu3jqfyAdY&feature=related

https://twitter.com/NewEastEurope/statuses/178356280795201536

Putin on Film

Putin on Film

Russia is not a country that comes across particularly well in film, which tends to exaggerate extremes. Perhaps it is also fair to say that Russia is often thought and approached in terms of in extremes, so together the subject and the media create something of a perfect storm.

The link above and below is my review of a day of films ranging from the reflective to the investigate and to the accusatory. Each has something to say about Russia in the age of Vladimir Putin, whose return to the Presidency shows his indispensability, as well, you might argue, as his limitations.

If you get a chance to see any of them (particularly Our Newspaper or Putin’s Kiss), don’t miss out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW0zM3neKj8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mu3jqfyAdY&feature=related

https://twitter.com/NewEastEurope/statuses/178356280795201536

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A Dangerous Method

The trend these days is to downplay movies when deciding on a title, leaving hype to social media and the trailers. Thus, following in the wake of luminaries such as The Artist and The Blind Side, we have John Carter

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A Dangerous Method

The trend these days is to downplay movies when deciding on a title, leaving hype to social media and the trailers. Thus, following in the wake of luminaries such as The Artist and The Blind Side, we have John Carter