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In 'Afterimages' Laura Mulvey Returns to Feminist Film Criticism with Fresh Insights

Mulvey's Afterimages draws together her recent writing on women and film to create an engaging collection that is both timely and time-centred.

Music

What the Song Asks For: An Interview with Barb Jungr

Barb Jungr reflects on what draws her to Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel's music, and the creative approaches taken to their work on her new album, Bob, Brel, & Me.

Music

Barb Jungr Finds Fresh Depths in the Work of Musical Legends in 'Bob, Brel & Me'

In her recent performance at the Southbank Centre, Barb Jungr shared perfect material for her own genre-defying artistry in the works of Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel.

Theatre

Racism Further Damns the American Dream in the Young Vic's 'Death of a Salesman'

An accomplished cast ignite Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell's compelling production of Arthur Miller's classic, Death of a Salesman, but does making the Lomans a black family enhance Miller's intentions?

Theatre

An American in London (Theatre): Interview with Actor Joseph Mydell

Free from the relentless "black and white" trap in American performing arts, Joseph Mydell talks with PopMatters as he prepares to play Ben Loman in Marianne Elliott's much-anticipated revival of Death of a Salesman at London's Young Vic.

Books

'Dramatic Exchanges' Offers a Delightful Epistolary History of the National Theatre

Daniel Rosenthal's illuminating collection in Dramatic Exchanges brings together some of the letters, postcards, telegrams, and emails exchanged by actors, playwrights, directors and other creatives involved in the National Theatre's story.

Film

Expressing Uncertainties: the 43rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia 2018

I count some of the works presented at Gdynia in recent years as among the best that contemporary cinema has offered.

Music

Taking It to Church: A Summer Evening with Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant concludes her 2018 summer tour of "intimate and historic" locations in the UK with a warm and spellbinding show at Oxford's St. John the Evangelist church.

Music

Modesty, Melody and Quiet, Reflective Words: Joan Baez's 'Whistle Down the Wind'

Released to accompany her last world tour, Joan Baez's latest album avoids sermonizing, approaching current calamities obliquely, gaining power from understatement, and bringing the listener to a calm place.

Music

Going High: An Interview with Peyton

Peyton talks about how his new album, Sinners Got Soul Too, both fuses and transcends elements of his diverse musical background, from Southern gospel to Ibiza House.

Film

Family Flavours in Mike Leigh's 'Life is Sweet'

Family, friends, and food form the focus of Leigh’s broad but funny, relatable and affectionate 1990 film, which here receives a welcome Blu-ray and DVD re-release from BFI.

Interviews

Still Those Songlines Sing: Tori Amos Talks About 'Native Invader'

Tori Amos talks about some of the themes and inspirations behind her new record Native Invader, and why her upcoming tour will see her become “the rock ‘n’ roll Angela Merkel".

Books

Laughter, Tears, Curtain: Nicholas Hytner Recalls His Time Running the National Theatre

Hytner's account of his time as Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Balancing Acts, offers scattered insights but lacks purpose and precision.

Film

BFI's Release of Abel Gance's 'Napoléon' Does Justice to a Masterpiece

The BFI’s restoration of Gance’s groundbreaking, grandiloquent 1927 epic is one of the year’s most highly anticipated Blu-ray releases.

Books

'Fade To Gray' Is an Insightful Study of Aging in American Cinema

Timothy Shary and Nancy McVittie’s rewarding, accessible study explores representations of aging and older characters in American film from early cinema to the present-day.

Film

After Images: Poland's 41st Gdynia Film Festival

From painters to interrogators, some of the finest films at Gdynia Film Festival 2016 dramatized real-life figures from the country’s past.

Theatre

'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' Is a Radical Revelation

Period adaptations, pagan pastorals, hard-hitting experimenta, and Bowie in Brecht: the BFI’s collection of Alan Clarke’s work at the BBC is essential, revelatory viewing.

Interviews

The Pleasure of New Challenges: An Interview With Andrzej Chyra

The acclaimed Polish actor talks about collaborating with Warlikowski and Skolimowski, and the pleasure of playing Hippolytus opposite Isabelle Huppert in Phaedra(s).

Theatre

Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave Re-team in the Almeida’s Excellent ‘Richard III&#8217

Rupert Goold’s spare, intense production divests Richard III of any pantomime associations and boasts an astounding performance from Ralph Fiennes as the treacherous monarch.

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