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 (...)

Maria Schneider and Marlon Brando in the 1972 film Last Tango in Paris

The film industry has reacted with disgust at the admission from a director that one of the most notorious rape scenes in modern film history was sho(...)

Kerry Fox and Mark Rylance  in the sexually explicit mainstream film ‘Intimacy’

The Fifty Shades juggernaut rolled into town recently amid a storm of white-hot hype, only to be met with stinging criticism. Chief among the gripe(...)

The film, to be released as ‘Muhammad, Messenger of God’ in  festival’s opening ceremony, is made by Majid Majidi, a leading pro-establishment Iranian director. Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty Images

As controversy swirls on how the Prophet Muhammad is depicted, a multimillion-dollar biopic about his youth – Iran’s most expensive and lavish film t(...)

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