Lola Montez: her surname was pure invention, part of a rebranding in which she became an exotic dancer from Andalusia

She was a certainly a showgirl, like the one in Barry Manilow’s song. But her first name was not Lola, nor her surname Montez, when she was born 200 y(...)

Ireland's most garlanded director talks about ageism in film, Harvey Weinstein and his new novel, about the aristocratic rebel Lord Edward FitzGera(...)

Lovecraft Country: Writers of colour are remixing US pop-cultural tropes to better fit their own experience. Photograph: Elizabeth Morris/HBO/Sky

Lovecraft Country (Sky Atlantic) opens with gritty trench warfare set to triumphalist music and a voiceover about “an American boy and a dream that is(...)

John Gilbert and Virginia Brown Faire in the 1922 film version of The Count of Monte Cristo

One of the more astounding revelations of reading The Count of Monte Cristo – and I seem to be the first literary critic ever to have noticed this – i(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont  is being challenged by present vice-chairman  Agustín Pichot. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP via Getty Images

On Sunday, World Rugby will elect its chairman for the next four years. In the past, this event has held about as much interest for rugby people (...)

Delacroix: a detail from July 28, 1830: Liberty Leading the People. Courtesy of the Louvre, Paris

France had not held a major retrospective of Eugène Delacroix’s work since the centenary of his death in 1963. An exhibition at the Louvre this spring(...)

Family portrait of Eugene O’Neill seated with his wife, Agnes Boulton, and their two children, Oona  and Shane, outside their home in Bermuda circa 1925. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Uniting the United States and Ireland thorough the drama of Eugene O’Neill, One Festival, Two Countries plans to honour the dual inheritance of the on(...)

Storming the Bastille

It surely is one of the great examples of “fake news”. Or, of not letting the facts get in the way of a good story. Today, Bastille Day in La France i(...)

Philippine senator Leila de Lima’s latest prison reading is The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas’s tale of a man who hunts down the people who(...)

Nicholas Roche’s apartment in Paris. Photograph: Vincent Thibert

When you think of designer furniture, household names that spring to mind tend to be mid-century Scandinavians or Americans. The French brand Roche B(...)

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