“I am realistic to my detriment,” Woody Allen says. “There is no God. There is no purpose to the universe. One day the sun will burn out. Earth wil(...)

Desmond O’Grady and Margaret Hayes from Limerick at the launch of the Beckett Centenary Festival at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to Desmond O’Grady, the Limerick-born poet and member of Aosdána, who has died at the age of 78. Describi(...)

Marco Bortolami: “We’ll try to destroy this party for him”. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

A cautionary tale, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) (...)

Paolo Sorrentino’s film ‘La Grande Bellezza’ has won an Oscar at the very moment Rome is teetering on the brink of a Detroit-style bankruptcy.

The irony of the moment was so strong that even newly appointed arts minister Dario Franceschini could not resist. In a tweet to celebrate the (...)

Gorky Park: Large inflated cushions are dotted around the place for tired citizens to plop down on and relax after a strenuous afternoon at the new beach volleyball arena. Photograph: Séamus Martin

Moscow celebrates its 866th anniversary tomorrow and goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a mayor to run the biggest, brashest, most in-your- face cit(...)

The Great Beauty
The Great Beauty

Throughout his career, Paolo Sorrentino, director of Il Divo and The Family Friend, has endured comparisons with Federico Fellini. Like his distinguis(...)

Happy day: Kristin Scott Thomas in Nicolas Winding Refn’s film Only God Forgives. Photograph: Lionsgate

You couldn’t say Cannes film festival wasn’t fun. Who wouldn’t want to sit in the Lumière Theatre after a screening of Nicolas Winding Refn’s f(...)

Throughout his career, Paolo Sorrentino has had to endure unhelpful comparisons with his great compatriot Federico Fellini. With his follow-up (...)

Reality

At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Aniello Arena, star of this colourful satire of reality television, accidentally offered practical evidenc(...)

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