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How Wim Wenders put the snap back into Polaroids 21 Oct 7:34pm How Wim Wenders put the snap back into Polaroids
The movie-maker shows off his eclectic collection of self-snapped prints taken over many decades.
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La traviata; Les Vêpres siciliennes; LSO/ Haitink – review 21 Oct 7:10pm La traviata; Les Vêpres siciliennes; LSO/ Haitink – review
Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Royal Opera House; Barbican, London
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Game of Thrones actor Indira Varma stars in child abuse drama 21 Oct 7:01pm Game of Thrones actor Indira Varma stars in child abuse drama
Varma explores all-too-real fears of domestic sexual abuse in a documentary maker’s fictionalised account on Channel 4It is a crime that terrifies parents, and is one of the hardest to tackle in a drama. Now, Indira Varma, last seen facing down her enemies as a vengeful Sand Snake mother in
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Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks – digested read 21 Oct 7:00pm Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks – digested read
‘After we came back from the moon, we all went home for some nice apple pie. Whoopety-doodah-day’
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Hollywood? It’s finished, claims Oscar-winning director who fled to New York 21 Oct 5:05pm Hollywood? It’s finished, claims Oscar-winning director who fled to New York
Paul Haggis, who depicted LA’s racist underbelly in Crash, says Harvey Weinstein scandal is another sign of the film capital’s need for radical changeA change of the old order in Hollywood is long overdue, according to Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning film-maker behind the hit films
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Strictly Come Dancing: week five - live 21 Oct 3:25pm Updated Strictly Come Dancing: week five - live
There’s a samba from Alexandra this week, which deserves full marks for rhyming value alone. So which other Strictly couples will be creating poetry on the dancefloor, and who will be foxtrotting off home?
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The persuasive art of the dust jacket 21 Oct 1:00pm The persuasive art of the dust jacket
Book covers have long been a source of artistic quality and, in the age of Kindle, are reintroducing more and more of us to the pleasures of traditional reading
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Rockwell’s Children Sue Berkshire Museum to Stop Sale of His Works 21 Oct 8:36am Rockwell’s Children Sue Berkshire Museum to Stop Sale of His Works
The artist’s three children and several museum members argue that it is unlawful for the institution to sell two Rockwell paintings and other works.
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Fine Arts & Exhibits: Need a Good Laugh? Check Out Some 17th-Century Dutch Art 21 Oct 6:00am Fine Arts & Exhibits: Need a Good Laugh? Check Out Some 17th-Century Dutch Art
An exhibit at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands, will show that many paintings from the Dutch Golden Age “have a joke as their very core.”
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‘Who wrote Mrs Osmond?’ – John Banville on writing a sequel to The Portrait of a Lady 21 Oct 6:00am ‘Who wrote Mrs Osmond?’ – John Banville on writing a sequel to The Portrait of a Lady
‘It did seem that I might be a character in one of the Master’s tales of the uncanny’ … the author recounts how his follow-up to Henry James’s classic came into being I embarked on the writing of
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What Would Diplo Do? A mockumentary for the EDM generation 21 Oct 6:00am What Would Diplo Do? A mockumentary for the EDM generation
Starring Dawson’s Creek’s James Van Der Beek as the superstar DJ, Viceland’s first scripted comedy is so meta it hurts ‘You know you’re not Jesus, right?” barks Brian in What Would Diplo Do? (
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The Look: Traveling Across Japan 21 Oct 6:00am The Look: Traveling Across Japan
Hiroyuki Ito, a photographer who grew up in Tokyo, wanted to see more of his country. So he spent two months this summer documenting interesting moments.
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Fine Arts & Exhibits: Alexis Rockman Portrays the Great Lakes in Glory and Decline 21 Oct 5:00am Fine Arts & Exhibits: Alexis Rockman Portrays the Great Lakes in Glory and Decline
The Great Lakes Cycle is made up of five oil, alkyd and acrylic paintings that depict environmental issues affecting the lakes. The exhibition is traveling around the country.
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21 Oct 5:00am An Eclectic Mix of Arts Without Walls
La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls festival takes to San Diego’s streets and public buildings for the first time with a diverse offering of immersive performances.
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Andrew Michael Hurley: ‘​Some days I don’t look up until my wife texts to tell me to ea​t’ 21 Oct 5:00am Andrew Michael Hurley: ‘​Some days I don’t look up until my wife texts to tell me to ea​t’
The author of The Loney on his not-so-Scandi-neat study, why he feels guilty going for a walk and what humans will look like in a thousand yearsWatching the morning travel updates on the news as the rest of the family gets ready to leave, I’m grateful that on writing days I don’t have to commute any further than the study at the back of the garage. It’s a nice space in which to work. The double glazing blots out the noise of the traffic on the M55. I have a view of things both deciduous and evergreen in the garden. The decor is hopeful; the white walls, desk, bookshelves and small sofa all say efficiency, order, focus – watchwords for a professional writer serious about his work, oh yes. But for all the promises I made to myself about keeping things Scandi-neat in the study, I have reverted inevitably to type. Books and files sit on the sofa more often than I do. A picture leans against the wall waiting to be hung. On the desk, the laptop is elbowed by books. To the left it’s
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A Revolution of Feeling by Rachel Hewitt review – the anguish of failed utopians 21 Oct 4:00am A Revolution of Feeling by Rachel Hewitt review – the anguish of failed utopians
A daring history of Mary Wollstonecraft and other 1790s radicals suggests this was the decade that ‘forged the modern mind’In 1794 Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey set out to save the human race. By establishing a small political community in which property was held in common and everyone had a vote, they wanted to create a utopia where “wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking” were nothing but a bad memory. The 27 hand-picked communitarians would rub along together comfortably, bound by a sort of sunny reasonableness. Coleridge and Southey, who were still undergraduates when they dreamed up the scheme, were typical of their time in believing that political change went hand in hand with “revolutions of feeling”. To have any hope of achieving one you had to fix the other. Naturally it all went wrong. The original idea had been to set up the community in post-revolutionary America, an appropriate place for radical new beginnings. But when that proved to be expensive – Coleridge was already deep in debt as a result of some distinctly unreasonable expenditure on wine and women – someone suggested they scale the scheme back to a “Welch Farm” instead. Then there was the question of sex. In a community where property would be held in common, did that mean wives would be shared, too? Quite aside from the impropriety of the thing, it sounded so cold and calculating, as if sex were a passionless commodity rather than the affective glue that held two loving individuals together. Then Southey, who was always of a pragmatic turn of mind, suggested that perhaps the new community should include some servants. They would eat at the same table as everyone else, of course, but they would spend their days doing the hard labour while the full members of the community thought and wrote about the joys of social equality. Coleridge was appalled – if Southey wanted “slaves” then the game was clearly over.
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The 10 best things to do this week: Grace Jones, back on the big screen 21 Oct 4:00am The 10 best things to do this week: Grace Jones, back on the big screen
The iconoclastic singer gets her own sublime documentary. Plus, Oscar-tipped gay drama Call Me By Your Name
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‘Fox 8’ by George Saunders: a fantastical tale from the Man Booker winner 21 Oct 4:00am ‘Fox 8’ by George Saunders: a fantastical tale from the Man Booker winner
This week the master of the short story won the Booker for Lincoln in the Bardo. ‘Fox 8’ is a heartfelt letter to YumansDeer Reeder: First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel rong. Because I am a fox! So don’t rite or spel perfect. But here is how I lerned to rite and spel as gud as I do!
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Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke review – racial tensions in small-town Texas 21 Oct 2:30am Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke review – racial tensions in small-town Texas
A black investigator’s quest for justice drives this nuanced meditation on race, roots and belonging Locke’s mesmerising new novel bears all the hallmarks of modern crime fiction: the alcoholic protagonist with the damaged marriage; the townsfolk who close rank against outsiders; the small-town law enforcement agent with murky loyalties. But
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Travel Man: 48 Hours in … Rome review – a gentle mini-break for the mind 21 Oct 1:30am Travel Man: 48 Hours in … Rome review – a gentle mini-break for the mind
Richard Ayoade takes Matt Lucas on a surreal whistlestop tour through the byways and white-knuckle highways of Rome Travel Man: 48 Hours In …, in which we visit various cities around the world in the company of presenter
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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘George Michael: Freedom’ and ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ 21 Oct 1:00am What’s on TV Saturday: ‘George Michael: Freedom’ and ‘Stranger Than Fiction’
A new portrait of George Michael arrives on Showtime. And Will Ferrell becomes a reluctant protagonist in “Stranger Than Fiction.”
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