George Steiner: The Gift of Memory

By Geoffrey Heptonstall

Has Truth a Future? George Steiner’s question may have sounded over-stated when it was first asked thirty years ago, but history has revealed the prescience of Dr Steiner’s urgent concern.

 

“Nothingwood” by Sonia Kronlund

By Lev Myshkin

Hollywood! Bollywood! Nollywood! Nothingwood! A gem of a documentary that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm. A wry look at the Afghan film industry through the life and career of Salim Shaheen.

The meaning of Dunkirk

By David Elstein

David Elstein, director of three episodes of the seminal “The World At War” series, finds Dunkirk to be a powerful film but one shorn of historical context. Here he fills in the vital gaps – and finds some curious anomalies.

Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter

Updated for August 2017. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Incredible Bongo Band, Jesus Guerrero, Budos Band, Dead Combo, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, Ali Khattab and The Cairo Jazz Band get main billing.

Andrei Zvyagintsev: not your token Russian

By Natalia Antonova

In an age of disinformation, sincerity is political. The films of Andrei Zvyagintsev are powerful precisely because of this.

Political Tours

Political Tours