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Olivia de Havilland’s Red Scare

28 July 2020 11:26 pm

Olivia de Havilland, who has died aged 104, will forever be remembered for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone…

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Where can patriotic Americans find America?

21 July 2020 9:35 am

If we’ve confirmed anything in 2020, it is that liberal-progressives really do control the major influencers in America. This puts…

Drive-in cinemas are back – but for how long?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Tanya Gold on the rise and fall of drive-in cinema

From bashful teenager to supermodel: Susanna Moore’s fairytale memoir

27 June 2020 9:00 am

There’s a kind of writing about LA that I am a sucker for. Gossipy, lyrical, with a surface of affectless…

The unstoppable rise of television-rewatch podcasts

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Talking Sopranos — a new weekly podcast which launched this month— is another example of a seemingly unstoppable sub-genre occupying…

Movie-makers should look to the Athenians before cashing in on this crisis

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Covid-19 has not yet reached its peak but already the moguls of the small screen are plotting how to monetise,…

The director that everyone loved to hate: David Thomson interviews Peter Bogdanovich

21 March 2020 9:00 am

David Thomson talks to the director about Buster Keaton, falling out of favour with Hollywood, and his mentor Orson Welles

Even the Oscars after-parties have lost their shine

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Reading about the Oscars this week, I couldn’t help thinking back to a time when they actually meant something. When…

Alfred Dreyfus is being erased all over again

11 January 2020 9:00 am

In London to promote a book, I received an invitation to a secret screening of An Officer and a Spy,…

Ricky Gervais has given Hollywood the thrashing it richly deserves

7 January 2020 12:11 am

Finally, Hollywood has received the thrashing it so richly deserves. The self-satisfied movie elites have been called out — to…

Joan Collins: why I love London taxi drivers

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Percy and I have seen quite a few movies recently and enjoyed many of them, which is rare. But the…

The best Terminator film since the first: Terminator Six reviewed

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The first Terminator film, which came out in 1984, was a high-concept sci-fi serial killer thriller. You can just imagine…

Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

DiCaprio and Pitt are transfixing: Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood reviewed

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a sprawling tale set in Hollywood in 1969, against…

Bring me my arrow of desire: the original Italian film poster for Pasolini’s 1974 Il Fiore delle Mille e Una Notte

How film fell for caliphs and slave girls

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Most of Hollywood’s Arabian Nights fantasies are, of course, unadulterated tosh. The Middle East, wrote the American film critic William…

Proper adult entertainment: Claude Rains, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946), with taut dialogue by Ben Hecht

The invisible man behind Hollywood’s greatest films

20 April 2019 9:00 am

What do the following filmmakers have in common: Victor Fleming, John Ford, Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernst Lubitsch,…

Fasten your seatbelts: Bette Davis in her dressing room during the filming of All About Eve

All About Eve was all about bitching – off-screen as well as on

26 January 2019 9:00 am

In 1950, Bette Davis had a string of recent flops behind her. She was 41, married to an embarrassing twerp…

Gary Raymond and Richard Burton in Tony Richardson’s 1959 film version of Look Back in Anger

What a relief we can finally admit Jimmy Porter was a pain in the neck

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Gary Raymond must have been wondering if it was the end of a promising career — curtains. He was starring…

Joan Collins: My own transgender moment

8 December 2018 9:00 am

I recently returned from several months in Los Angeles working on one of the most popular US TV shows. American…

A major modernist hiding in plain sight: composer Ennio Morricone at 91

‘Darmstadt taught me how to compose’: Ennio Morricone interviewed

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Ennio Morricone’s staff wish it to be known that he does not write soundtracks. ‘Maestro Morricone writes “Film Music” NOT…

Happy Little Bluebirds, by Louise Levene, reviewed

16 June 2018 9:00 am

In 1940, the British Security Coordination sent an agent with an assistant to a Hollywood film studio to help promote…

Women can now make dull formulaic franchise films too! Hurrah! Ocean’s 8 reviewed

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Ocean’s 8 is the all-female spin-off of the all-male Ocean’s trilogy and it’s a sop, with a third act that…

: Clancy Sigal and Doris Lessing, sitting together on a London bus

‘Steer clear of that cave boy, James Dean, and grease ball, Elvis Presley’

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Lucky bastard. Such are the words that come constantly to mind while you’re reading Clancy Sigal’s two volumes of posthumously…

Dancing feat: Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby rehearsing choreography for Blue Skies

From buck dancing to Happy Feet: a short history of tap

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Fire up YouTube on the iPad, tap in ‘tap’, then wave goodbye to the rest of your day: clip after…

Taki: My #MeToo moment

17 February 2018 9:00 am

#MeToo! It happened right here, in Gstaad, last week. A man in his mid-fifties, about six foot tall and 165lb,…

Joan Collins: Want to know why all the Oscar films are boring? I’ll tell you

10 February 2018 9:00 am

I’ve been meaning to write a Spectator diary since the summer but as a Gemini with Aries rising I find…