Jean Cocteau

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Pierre Berge, long-time partner of late French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, was a cultural celebrity in France in his own right. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Pierre Berge, an influential French businessman, philanthropist and gay rights activist who helped build the fashion empire of his long-time lover Yve(...)

Jeanne Moreau in Lift to the Scaffold/Ascenseur pour L’echafaud (1958)

With her sensual, pouting mouth, her Gauloises-saturated voice, and her combination of sharp intelligence and smouldering sexuality, Jeanne Moreau, wh(...)

Selected highlights chosen by Michael Dervan, Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea, Siobhán Long, Aidan Dunne, Peter Crawley and Cormac Larkin GOOD FRIDAY (...)

“You can’t separate art from politics,” says Gael García Bernal. “Art doesn’t happen in isolation. Every movie or piece of art takes a political stanc(...)

As director-soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Nicola Benedetti placed less emphasis on the music’s notated proportions than on the images of birds, animals and weather the composer signposted in the score

Scottish star violinist Nicola Benedetti brought a two-week tour of the music of Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Mark-Anthony Turnage to Dublin’s National(...)

Viv Albertine: “Yoko Ono opened up my mind, better than drugs. Short sentences. Sort of surreal but also practical and direct. Concepts made playful and palatable. She showed me you can do anything and go anywhere in your head.”

Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in the hugely influential female punk band The Slits. A confidante of the Sex Pistols and t(...)

“Yesterday’s aristocratic underwear morphs into today’s fetishistic outerwear.” Photograph: Louvre

The French may feel shaky about the underpinnings of the economy. But about the underpinnings for the body they are as solid as the Arc de Triomphe. D(...)

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