Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne: “We are funny in real life? I think so, yes. But when working on a character, we get serious.”

We begin with a chat about the last scene of the Dardenne brothers’ new film. Nobody is likely to confuse Two Days, One Night with a Miss Marple my(...)

 The set for La Bohéme at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Italy

PUCCINI AL FRESCO IN TORRE DEL LAGO This year marks the 60th Puccini Festival in the composer’s adopted hometown of Torre del Lago, 26km north of(...)

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(...)

Seduced and Abandoned

What exactly is the latest project from James Toback? Is it one big elaborate gag? Is it a monstrous ego trip? Does it have anything to tell us about (...)

Francis Bacon’s 1969 triptych, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” on display as it is auctioned at Christie’s in New York, November 12th, 2013. The painting sold for $142.4 million, described as the highest price ever paid for an artwork at auction. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times.

A painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon sold for $142.4 million (€105.3 million) at auction in New York last night – the most valuable work of (...)

Paul Duane and Werner Herzog at Telluride Film Festival

‘Your movie made me so angry I was punching the walls.” The screenwriter of The Graduate, Buck Henry, stares at me through his trademark jam-jar spect(...)

The trouble with this production is that the 1950s updating is even twitchier than the music. Photograph: Clive Barda

Il cappello di paglia di Firenze Wexford Festival Opera***Nino Rota (1911-1979) was a hugely successful composer of film scores. He worked with the li(...)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: ‘[The name Dracula] comes from the Carpathian Mountains where people are very superstitious. Irish people are very superstitious, so I was able to engage in that’

I am sitting in a crypt with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of The Tudors, Mission Impossible 3 and the most recent incarnation of Dracula. In an adjoinin(...)

Every now and then, when meeting an interviewee, one requires some identifying information to pick him or her out from the crowd. “I’ll be wearing a b(...)

Gavin Murphy is an artist and curator working as co-director of Pallas Projects & Studios, Dublin. He has exhibited work in Brussels, Berlin and M(...)