Orson Welles

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 Broadcaster and presenter Gay Byrne at Caesar’s Italian Restaurant, Dame Street, Dublin in 1971. Photograph: Pat Langan

The long shadow which Gay Byrne casts across the history of Irish broadcasting is often reduced in the telling to a handful of key moments which are d(...)

Harry Ferguson: ‘The man who toils for mere wealth in gold is as bad as the idler because he toils for his own happiness alone. To work for the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the ideal, and when the world realises the happiness that lies there, we will care less about the next world and be happier in this’. Photograph: Fred Ramage/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

A bit like Orson Welles, author of the original quip, the inventor Harry Ferguson could be said to have started at the top and worked his way down. Du(...)

Timothée Chalamet in The King

The last thing any critic should do is berate a director for not making the movie he or she most wanted to see. With apologies, I will, nonetheless, e(...)

Mark Cousins: ‘Bernadette Devlin is still the greatest thinker about the North that I have heard’

Who better than Mark Cousins to consider cinema’s relationship with the Troubles? For the last 30 years or so, his famous keening vowels have walked u(...)

A Clockwork Orange: Ronnie Barker’s Porridge offered more biting satire

There are no sacred cows. Once something gains such status it has begun to atrophy. You may as well sling it in a gallery and put a red rope around it(...)

Actor Robert De Niro: Trump is a ‘white supremacist’.  Photograph:  Stephane Cardinale, Corbis via Getty Images

Here, with Orson Welles and Spike Lee on the walls, and James Dean and Natalie Wood on the doors to the toilets, is where Robert De Niro might have di(...)

US president Donald Trump: Americans knew he was a rogue when they elected him. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

In Washington, where even the metaphors are militarised, the White House is said to be under “siege”. The word will not do. It implies outside hordes (...)

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(...)

Robin Wright: taking charge in House of Cards

House of Cards – Season 6 (November 2nd) The secret weapon of the political drama now takes centre stage in the final season of House of Cards as Rob(...)

Once was king: Orson Welles

No film of manageable length could do justice to the sprawling, disordered career of Orson Welles. “There used to be a division of actors in the Coméd(...)

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