Sergio Leone

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Ennio Morricone: one can no more imagine The Good, the Bad and the Ugly without his score than one can imagine Swan Lake without Tchaikovsky. Photograph: Luciano Viti/Getty

There are a tiny handful of film composers whose work is instantly recognisable from just a few isolated bars. None was quite so distinctive as Ennio (...)

 Italian composer Ennio Morricone. File photograph: Paul Bergen/EPA

Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose haunting scores to Spaghetti Westerns like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly helped (...)

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(...)

The Dublin team celebrates with the Sam Maguire cup. Photograph:  ©INPHO/James Crombie

Fintan O’Toole/For the first time since 1171, Ireland is more powerful than Britain: It is foolish to read too much into body language, but what we sa(...)

Elizabeth McGovern: ‘I did feel like a fish out of water for a long time. I don’t anymore.’ Photograph: Aaron Richter/New York Times

The British period drama Downton Abbey launched in a nice teatime telly slot on ITV in 2010, looking decidedly out of place on a medium then defined b(...)

Quentin looks to be encouraging a dramatic pause partway through the title

There are few subjects that more ignite the passions of correspondents to newspapers than incorrect punctuation. Quentin Tarantino has, with the title(...)

Black Honey: Tom Dewhurst, Izzy Baxter Phillips, Tommy Taylor and Chris Ostler

“Do you want a drink? We’ve got beer or –,” she gestures, holding up a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. I’m barely in the door and Izzy B Phillips is already(...)

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(...)

The Commitments (1991): Alan Parker's euphoric adaptation of the 1987 Roddy Doyle novel

Over the past 20 years, since the Irish film industry shook itself properly awake, somebody or other has been talking about showing us a Dublin you ne(...)

Despite being caught up in the events of 1968, the Cannes film festival has announced no official acknowledgement of this year’s 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago this month, Peter Lennon, the late Irish journalist and film-maker, did something very brave. He shouted back at Jean-Luc Godard. Len(...)

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