John Huston

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Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person will sincerely claim that(...)

 Actor Michael Caine and England player Bobby Moore of the POW XI celebrate during a match against Germany for the film Escape to Victory. Photograph:  Allsport UK /Allsport

With four minutes remaining and the Allied prisoners trailing the Germans 4-3, Luis Fernandez (Pele) rises from the bench, shrugs off the pain of brok(...)

The Irishman: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano

There has been an almighty turnover on Netflix since we last compiled this list, with more than half of our favourite films that time around disappear(...)

House of The Dead: the barrister Brendan Kilty saved 15 Usher’s Island from structural collapse

On a freezing cold winter’s night in 1987 I was dancing by myself on the first floor of a derelict squat at the wrong end of Dublin’s quays. Debris, d(...)

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(...)

Herman Melville: bicentenary of birth

The bicentenary of Herman Melville’s birth on August 1st reminds me, among other things, of why I stopped reading library books. This is because abou(...)

Joe McGowan: rare indeed for property developers to write memoirs. Photograph: Frank Miller

It is rare indeed for property developers to write memoirs, or leave anything on the public record. But that’s what Joe McGowan, of once-notorious bui(...)

Manchester City’s goalkeeper Bert Trautmann dives at the feet of Birmingham’s Peter Murphy during the 1956 FA Cup Final at Wembley. Trautmann broke his neck making the save, but played on. Photograph:  Allsport Hulton/Archive

The main problem for the makers of The Keeper was what to leave out from the life of Bert Trautmann. One can imagine a film – maybe a whole TV series(...)

Nicolas Roeg: formulated a singular film language – contorted narrative, awry angles, jarring edits – which  influenced many. Photograph: Ian West/PA

“I think I scratched surfaces that people would prefer were left alone,” Nicolas Roeg told The Irish Times a decade ago. “But all any of us has is thi(...)

Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Wind remained his most discussed unfinished film. Photograph: Apic/Getty

Towards the close of They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, one vessel in the Orson Welles flotilla that has just docked at Netflix Cove, the great man ponder(...)

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