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The Best of the Venice Film Festival

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2013 | 10:03 PM

In Death in Venice, Thomas Mann, described the city affectionately known as La Serenissima as "half fairy tale and half tourist trap." The Oscar nominated movie adaptation of the book, starring Dirk Bogarde, was shot at the sybaritic Hotel des Bains in the Venetian island of the Lido. The11km long...

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Thatcher at the Movies

(38) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 7:15 AM

Margaret Thatcher was often criticised for her absolute disinterest in the arts, particularly cinema. Hanif Kureishi, the screenwriter of My Beautiful Launderette, once wrote that: "Thatcher had no understanding of what a central place the arts have in British life. Or how good Britain is at producing books, films, theatre...

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