Mary Whitehouse holding a copy of an ‘obscene’ film script by Jens Jorgen Thorsens in 1976. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You know you’ve gone through the cultural looking glass when arch prude Mary Whitehouse is considered a figure ripe for rehabilitation and even celebr(...)

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/ Warner Bros

Never trust an old geezer who thinks culture has gone to hell. I don’t believe that. Pop music is as vibrant as it has been in decades. Television has(...)

Actor Keira Knightly has been discussing the problems with shooting sex scenes in movies

Keira Knightley has been making worthwhile arguments about sex scenes in movies. Speaking on the Chanel Connects podcast, she suggested she might neve(...)

Donal McCann: You just need to know that he was here. And he was remarkable

I never saw Diego Maradona play football. I never saw Nijinsky dance. And I never saw Miles Davis play the horn. But baby, I saw Donal McCann act. S(...)

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots in Vivarium, the Irish film that premiered at Cannes on Saturday

Lorcan Finnegan’s Vivarium, an Irish science-fiction horror, has had its world premiere as part of International Critics Week at the Cannes film festi(...)

Actors Anouk Aimee and Robert De Niro present Bernardo Bertolucci with a special award for his film The Last Emperor during the 1987 Cannes International Film Festival. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Forty-six years ago, Pauline Kael, the New Yorker’s influential film critic, did not hold back when heralding the debut of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last (...)

Bernardo Bertolucci: the Italian director in 2013. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Reuters

Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian director famous for movies such as Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, has died at 77, Italian media reported o(...)

Top of the list: Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa. His Rashomon came in at No. 4

Over the last few years, BBC Culture has been asking the world’s critics – including this writer and my colleague Tara Brady – to vote for their 100 f(...)

Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Showgirls’ is an example of good practice in sex scenes.

There’s a lot more sex these days. On screen and on stage at least. Even the most middle of the road drama has become steadily raunchier and sexier. A(...)

Director Quentin Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman appear on stage to give the Palme d’Or award during the Closing Ceremony at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

It always seemed likely that the waves of disapproval kicked up by the Weinstein scandal would eventually reach Quentin Tarantino. The director made (...)

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