Coming after the masterpiece that was Rear Window and a few years before the late purple patch that began with Vertigo, To Catch a Thief (1955) occupi(...)

Perched above terraced gardens dropping down to the banks of the Argideen river, near Clonakilty, Lisselan House cuts a fairy tale dash. It was built (...)

It may be an accident, but this neat, horrible, very enjoyable mid-budget thriller looks to have an antecedent in Roald Dahl’s 1948 story Man from the(...)

Rosanna Davison – as Miss World it was part of her contract not to change her hair colour for a year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Next time you are on a dancefloor or queuing in a bank, do a headcount of the women. The heads will merge into one many-headed dyed blonde. Highlighti(...)

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For the first two scenes of Olivier Dahan’s peculiar hagiography of Princess Grace, the director shoots his heroine from the rear. Nicole Kidman manag(...)

Just like that comedian: David Threlfall as Tommy Cooper.Photograph: Robert Viglaskyâ

For decades the comedian Tommy Cooper was one of the most impersonated stars: a hoarse “just like that”, a shrug of the shoulders, the machine-gun (...)

John Michael McDonagh’s problematic follow-up to The Guard begins with an ingenious, arrest(...)

The Godfather Part II

It is a commonplace of cinema distribution that, though people always say they want to see more vintage titles on the big screen, the masses st(...)

A swan applies his make-up. Photograph: Peter Neill

The most famous thing about Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is the trousers. The all-male corps de ballet dances bare-chested wearing what look like feathe(...)

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine

Oscar-winning actor Joan Fontaine, who has died aged 96, was one of the last of the leading ladies from Hollywood’s golden age. Her life was marked by(...)