The well-known statue of the cinema usher which once stood outside the Screen Cinema. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

You can date a Dubliner by what comes into their head when you mention the building that sits on the eastern corner of Townsend Street and Hawkins Str(...)

Circa 1975: Freddie Mercury in concert during the Queen’s British tour. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images.

Ten years ago, as I was interviewing a close confidante of Freddie Mercury, his phone rang. I was working on a literary biography about the late singe(...)

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(...)

Brigitte Mira and El Hedi ben Salem in Fear Eats the Soul: Rainer  Fassbinder’s most tender and accessible drama

By the time Rainer Werner Fassbinder died from an overdose of sleeping pills and cocaine in 1982, he had completed an astonishing 41 films in just 15 (...)

French new wave: François Ozon shooting his film Young & Beautiful

François Ozon first came to prominence in 1998, when Sitcom, his debut feature, won over critics and an international audience. The Paris-born film-ma(...)

Nina Hoss gives a raw, committed performance that holds the film together

The setting – the immediate postwar period in a flattened Germany – calls up reminders of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. But the plot is straight out of a (...)

Morlock, West Germany’s inside right, scores against Hungary in the World Cup Final at Berne, Switzerland in 1954. Germany went on to become world champions with a 3-2 victory. Photo: Getty Images

Last July, the German weekly Der Spiegel printed a cover bearing the headline “Wir sind wieder . . . wer?” This headline was a play on words based on (...)

In an attempt to help us make sense of his vast, pessimistic study of contemporary China, Jia Zhangke, director of the acclaimed Still Life, has de(...)

Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt

In its attempt to get to grips with the intricate mind of the great German-Jewish political theorist who helped refine thinking on the Holocaust, Marg(...)