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The Taviani brothers' account of a prison production of Julius Caesar marks a profoundly moving return to form

Before the emergence of the Coens, the Farrellys, the Hugheses and the Wachowskis, there were the Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, born in Pisa in respectively 1931 and 1929, the sons of a lawyer jailed for his anti-fascist...

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A DECADE before he killed himself in 2007 at the age of 74, R.B. Kitaj, an American painter, left Britain, where he had lived since the 1950s, and moved, with his young son, to Los Angeles. A retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1994 had drawn caustic personal reviews. When his 47-year-old wife, Sandra Fisher, also a painter, died just a fortnight

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The musician, novelist and screenwriter talks about the new direction of his latest album with the Bad Seeds, Push The Sky Away (listen to it here) – and his prolific output over the past few years

It is a Thursday morning and Nick Cave – tanned and beautifully suited – is receiving the press in the upstairs room of a charming gastropub in Bri...

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Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic. By Michael Axworthy. Allen Lane; 496 pages; £25. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

“SLEEP easily, Cyrus, for we are awake,” assured Iran’s last shah, Muhammad-Reza Pahlavi, speaking at the tomb of his imperial ancestor in 1971. This staged event helped forge the myth that the Pahlavis were an adored monar

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MacArthur had help engineering victory

Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers who Turned the Tide in the Second World War. By Paul Kennedy. Random House; 436 pages; $30. Allen Lane; £25. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

NEARLY 70 years after the second world war and with most of the combatants now dead, a leading historian can praise the

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Viv Fongenie's second feature, about an astronomy buff who becomes schizophrenic, is a textured and engaging look at mental illness

The desolate expanses of the universe are telescoped into one man's head in British director Viv Fongenie's second feature, as web designer and astronomy buff Ollie Kepler (the clue's in the name) slips into paranoid...

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If music be the food of love

Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century. By Paul Kildea. Allen Lane; 666 pages; £30. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music. By Neil Powell. Hutchinson; 512 pages; £25. To be published in America in August by Henry Holt; $35. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

CRITICS of Benjamin Britten’s early

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The Word on the Street. By Paul Muldoon. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 76 pages; $23. Faber and Faber; £12.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

SOME rock musicians have been known to write poetry. Others have even looked to poets for inspiration. The music of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, to take two examples, owes much to Arthur Rimbaud, a 19th-century

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A John Woo-chaperoned, Michelle Yeoh-starring martial arts adventure is a bit run-of-the-mill

The name of John Woo may get people in through the doors for this stately Chinese martial arts adventure: he is credited as producer and also co-director (billed beneath director Su Chao-Pin); the movie stars Michelle Yeoh and features Woo's daughter...

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