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Lighten up the satire? That’s a tall order when life is out-crazying the most vivid fiction

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In 1944, George Orwell got a letter from TS Eliot, a director at Faber, rejecting his political satire, Animal Farm. There were several reasons. First, it was not the right time. Also, said the creator of The Waste La...

Screen 9 review – vivid verbatim play about Colorado cinema shooting

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At a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012, a gunman opened fire. After filling the cinema with teargas, he shot at the audience, injuring 70 and killing 12. Shockingly, it is f...

Hindemith: Mathis der Maler review – vivid version of an unmistakably political opera

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Mathis der Maler is easily the best known of Paul Hindemith’s nine operas, but its music is more often encountered in the concert hall than the opera house, thanks to the symphony that the composer extracted from his ...

Red Rocket review – Sean Baker’s vivid study of a washed-up porn star

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With Red Rocket, Sean Baker has given us an adult American pastoral, essentially a comedy, and another study of tough lives at the margin, close in spirit to his lo-fi breakthrough Tangerine. Actor, rapper, comedian a...

The Jungle Book review – vivid adaptation takes best of book and film

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Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera – Kipling may have created them but they were disseminated by Disney. Nowadays, Walt’s 1967 animation is more widely known than Rudyard’s stories, written in India during the British Raj. To cr...

Chauvin trial: vivid testimony and focus on deadly force in dramatic first week

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The ex-officer’s trial has seen witnesses offering personal and raw accounts of their experiences from the day George Floyd was killedThe murder trial of Derek Chauvin, which concluded its first week of testimony on F...