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Tim’s Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer, the Dutch Baroque painter (1638-75) was always admired for his photo-like lucidity. In this documentary Texan inventor Tim Jenison advances the theory that to achieve such a photo-like realism Vermeer must have used the technique of painting from an optic in a dark room (camera [...]

October 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Something to write home about

As it happens I was out on the golf course yesterday partaking in a traditional practice round in the company of a Canadian relative by marriage in advance of an annual family tournament – an outing in days of yore used to be a welcome warm-up for the main event. Sadly, I fear that at my stage of [...]

October 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another fading branch of the Establishment

The vexed issue of the future of public service broadcasting in the UK seems to be back on the agenda. Hard on the heels of, firstly, the findings of the BBC’s own internal complaints executive that Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis had been too ‘persistent and personal’ to the point of [...]

September 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

Remind you of anyone?

When times get tough and every news bulletin seems to bring details of new chaotic developments to your living room that out-do those of the day before, the average UK citizen could be forgiven for thinking that the world has gone plumb loco. Boris Johnson became Prime Minister on 24th July – not [...]

September 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Film criticism and Mark Kermode

In France film reviewing is taken very seriously. The film review magazine Cahiers du Cinema – literally translated as “Exercise books of Cinema” – spawned a fine generation of Auteurs like Jean Luc Goddard, Francois Truffaut and Alain Resnais. In the UK film reviewing can [...]

August 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Disney ditties

Adding to another of our regular themes, here’s another list to add to our … er … list. Spotted today upon the website of – THE [...]

July 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Design Centre

Monday I went to the Stanley Kubrick exhibition which was exceptionally well curated. Kubrick’s canon of films Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Dr Strangelove, Lolita, Clockwork Orange, Space Odyssey and Full Metal Jacket are notable for their sheer diversity and the costume drama Barry Lyndon remains [...]

July 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Modern and not so modern life

Even for those of us who abandoned trying to keep up with modern 21st Century life in or before 2001 – simply because it was so much easier and less stressful – it is always comfortably reassuring whenever you come across new developments that contrary to all expectations do seem to be [...]

June 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Mr Klein (1976)

A few years ago I met up with the noted French film buff Ginette Vincendeau. Conversation turned to what was essentially a complicity by the Vichy Government with the occupying Nazis leading to the infamous round up (Le rafle) of the Parisien Jews In 1942. Some of the French police officers in Le [...]

June 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

You didn’t see it here first

Hard on the heels of our columnist Neil Rosen’s excellent piece on his love of war films, here comes an entry in one of the Rust‘s ongoing series of lists. Graeme Ross offers his selection of the Top Twenty WW2 movies of all time – see here, as appears upon the website today of [...]

June 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

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