For the first two scenes of Olivier Dahan’s peculiar hagiography of Princess Grace, the director shoots his heroine from the rear. Nicole Kidman manag(...)

Just like that comedian: David Threlfall as Tommy Cooper.Photograph: Robert Viglaskyâ

For decades the comedian Tommy Cooper was one of the most impersonated stars: a hoarse “just like that”, a shrug of the shoulders, the machine-gun (...)

John Michael McDonagh’s problematic follow-up to The Guard begins with an ingenious, arrest(...)

The Godfather Part II

It is a commonplace of cinema distribution that, though people always say they want to see more vintage titles on the big screen, the masses st(...)

A swan applies his make-up. Photograph: Peter Neill

The most famous thing about Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is the trousers. The all-male corps de ballet dances bare-chested wearing what look like feathe(...)

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine

Oscar-winning actor Joan Fontaine, who has died aged 96, was one of the last of the leading ladies from Hollywood’s golden age. Her life was marked by(...)

Joan Fontaine’s most notable role was arguably that of the “second Mrs de Winter” in Rebecca,  Alfred Hitchcock’s Hollywood debut. She won the best actress award a year later for a second Hitchcock film, Suspicion. Photograph: AP
Actor Joan Fontaine dies at age of 96
  • Film
  • December 17, 2013, 01:00

On a sad weekend for the film world, the news of the death of Lawrence of Arabia star Peter O’Toole was swiftly followed by that of the passing awa(...)

How neat it is when a film director admits to a childhood experience that seems to gesture towards their later career. Alfred Hitchcock was fond of ex(...)

A still from the film Bruges-la-Morte (1915), based on the  Georges Rodenbach novel

In 1928, a time between wars when art travelled to increasingly bold and transgressive places, a pair of seminal tomes fused fiction and photography i(...)

Dial M for Murder 3D

The recent anointment, in the 10-yearly Sight & Sound poll, of Vertigo as the current “best film of all time” confirmed that Alfred Hitchcock’s re(...)

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