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Asghar Farhadi and the state of Iranian cinema

Asghar Farhadi and the state of Iranian cinema
Written by Guy Overstreet on 2017-02-09


THE last week of January was a whirlwind for Asghar Farhadi. On the 24th “The Salesman”, the Iranian film-maker’s latest movie, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (an accolade he won in 2012 for “A Separation”). On the 27th, Donald Trump signed an executive order barring Iranian nationals from travelling to America. On the 29th Mr Farhadi announced his...(Read More)

The serious nature of child’s play, in photographs

The serious nature of child’s play, in photographs
Written by Guy Overstreet on 2017-02-04


“PLAY,” wrote August Herman Francke, a 17th-century pedagogue, “must be forbidden in any and all of its forms”. His dour attitude towards child’s play is now out of fashion; teachers and psychologists recognise the benefits and the necessity of make-believe. Not only does it allow children to experiment with responsibility, freedom and risk away from the strictures of adults, but by...(Read More)

A Trumpian biopic of Ray Kroc

A Trumpian biopic of Ray Kroc
Written by Guy Overstreet on 2017-01-30


IT WAS apposite that “The Founder” opened on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration; Ray Kroc—a businessman who transformed the McDonald’s franchise—was a turbo-charged egomaniac. He neared bankruptcy several times, behaved with questionable business ethics and became successful beyond even his wildest dreams. He was also the offspring of immigrants (Czech, rather than German), thrice...(Read More)

“Die göttliche Ordnung” tells a story of belated female emancipation

“Die göttliche Ordnung” tells a story of belated female emancipation
Written by Guy Overstreet on 2017-01-25


WOMEN across the globe marched on January 21st to protest the new American president, affirm their (threatened) rights and reject the divisive rhetoric of contemporary politics. Some, dressed as suffragettes, carried placards bearing the slogan “same shit, different century”; others stated that “women’s rights are human rights” and declared that the voices of people from all backgrounds...(Read More)

Virginia Woolf’s voice on a ballet stage

Virginia Woolf’s voice on a ballet stage
Written by Guy Overstreet on 2017-01-20


CHOREOGRAPHERS have always looked to the literary canon for stories. Greek myths, Shakespeare, the great Russian novelists, the Brontes: all have been plundered to supply plots for ballets. Certain kinds of writing, though, have been left on the shelf, the works of Virginia Woolf among them. The stream of being-ness that flowed from her pen hardly shouts “stage me” to even the most determined...(Read More)

Ben Affleck leads too many lives in “Live By Night”

Ben Affleck leads too many lives in “Live By Night”
Written by Guy Overstreet on 2017-01-15


BEN AFFLECK’S lavish new gangster epic is the kind of ambitious and expensive passion project you’re allowed to make only if your last film won an Academy Award. Written, directed and co-produced by Mr Affleck, who is present in almost every scene, “Live by Night” is a long, sprawling underworld drama, stuffed with top-notch actors and handsome period details, from vintage cars and swanky...(Read More)

Berlin’s unique new music academy

Berlin’s unique new music academy
Written by Guy Overstreet on 2017-01-10


IN JUNE 1998 Bernd Kaufmann, then general manager for event planning in Weimar, the “European Capital of Culture” in 1999, invited Daniel Barenboim to perform. Initially Mr Barenboim said no: he was already fully occupied as pianist, director of the Berlin State Opera, and conductor of the Staatskappelle Berlin and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. But when Mr Neumann persisted, underlining...(Read More)

Bob Marley, before he was an icon

Bob Marley, before he was an icon
Written by Guy Overstreet on 2017-01-05


WHEN Esther Anderson, the co-founder of Island Records, first heard him sing in a hotel room in Kingston in 1972, she knew she had not seen the likes of Bob Marley before. She also knew that she had found a kindred spirit: someone who shared her love of Rastafarianism and sought to bring those ideals to others. Thus began a six-year musical and artistic collaboration; while the Wailers worked...(Read More)

500 years on, are we living in Thomas More’s Utopia?

500 years on, are we living in Thomas More’s Utopia?
Written by Guy Overstreet on 2016-12-30


IT WAS meant as a joke, of sorts. Even the title of Thomas More’s “Utopia”, which was published 500 years ago this month, was composed with the author's tongue in his cheek: a Greek pun on “ou topos” (“no place”) and "eu topos" (“good place”). The book recounts a conversation between More and one Raphael Hythloday, a sailor whose surname means “a pedlar of nonsense”, and...(Read More)





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