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  1. July 11, 2014

    Heir who relented after muckraking

    There was something almost biblical about the life and times of Richard Mellon Scaife, who has died aged 82. He was a man of...

  2. January 17, 2014

    Sylvester Stallone at the Palladium

    After last year’s sellout An Evening With Al Pacino, now a for-one-night-only event with Sylvester Stallone. How is a...

  1. July 26, 2013

    Creative differences

     My Lunches With Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles, edited by Peter Biskind, Metropolitan Books,...

  2. June 26, 2013

    How Rich sapped power of the Seven Sisters

    Time is better at legitimising businesses than people. Obituaries of commodities pioneer Marc Rich dwell on his flight from...

  3. November 20, 2012

    The best films show business at its worst

    Hollywood has always been the world capital of the film industry, and movies are the quintessential American art form....

  4. November 4, 2012

    The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

    The early scenes of Philip Breen’s revival are often marked by one of the most unsettling species of theatrical moments: the...

  5. March 20, 2012

    Audiobooks find popularity in a return to the past

    From Mr Jonathan P. Kahn. Sir, Everything new is old again. A good case can be made that the popularity of the digital...

  6. December 9, 2011

    Tragic comedy

    The op-art specs, bright yellow sneakers and crisply laundered shirt – so clean you almost hear it crackle – make Todd...

  7. October 20, 2011

    News Corp’s US investors warned of risks

    US investors are underestimating the risks News Corp faces stemming from the UK phone-hacking scandal, one of the members of...

  8. FT Alphaville

    August 25, 2011

    Aliens to save the global economy

    Alternative working title: When Orson Welles meets finance. We discussed Fantasy Fed options on Wednesday. But here’s one...

  9. June 10, 2011

    A dose of pho for Soho

    David Archer (left) designer of Cây Tre Soho, with chef Hieu Trung Bui Cây Tre By the standard of organised chaos that...

  10. May 18, 2011

    Orson Welles: big enough to cope with empty hall

    From Mr Ted Smyth. Great talent: ‘So many of me and so few of you,’ said Orson Welles Sir, Lucy Kellaway (“No need to fret...

  11. April 29, 2011

    The mark of ‘Kane’

    It storms after us down the corridors of history like its own hero. Bloated, grotesque, tremendous; destroying as it goes;...

  12. April 19, 2011

    US Senate report: spreading the blame

    “Guilty. Every last one of them.” It is hard to read the report of the US Senate subcommittee on Wall Street and the...

  13. March 18, 2011

    Small talk: Manuel Rivas

    Manuel Rivas was born in Galicia, northern Spain, in 1957. He began his writing career as a journalist and continues to...

  14. December 30, 2010

    Scenes from the movie of my life

    About 25 years ago, I was walking through the streets of Paris when I spotted an old movie poster shop. It was a treasure...

  15. December 2, 2010

    The Cradle Will Rock/ Gandhi and Coconuts, Arcola, London

    Josie Benson gives a tune to march to in ’The Cradle will Rock’ “It’s very vile,” remarked my companion in the interval of...

  16. July 2, 2010

    Point and shoot

    I, Camera Before Rec 2, before Rec, before Cloverfield, there was Christopher Isherwood. “I am a camera,” he wrote in...

  17. December 3, 2009

    Rebirth of an old-time genius

    Creationists may flail and fulminate, but evolution will always have the last word. Look at the evidence in Me and Orson...

  18. December 2, 2009

    Film releases: December 4

    Showtime: Zac Efron and Claire Danes in Richard Linklater’s ‘Me and Orson Welles’ Creationists may flail and fulminate, but...

  19. November 9, 2009

    Lately, it has been exciting to be Swiss

    From Mr Frederick Hopson. Sir, John Gapper’s excellent analysis of Warren Buffett’s latest investment (“Safe signals from...

  20. September 25, 2009

    Citizens in the realm of stars

    Marion Davies was a movie star of the early 20th century who is better known than she might have been because of her...

  21. July 25, 2009

    Fine fare for the common man

    A note in last week’s Radio Times magazine commended the arts programme Imagine (BBC1 Tuesday) but asked why it was on the...

  22. July 9, 2009

    Offshore no more

    Switzerland may have seen off Habsburg armies, but the American taxman might prove a greater threat to its sovereignty. US...

  23. December 26, 2008

    Singer Eartha Kitt dies

    Eartha Kitt, the self-proclaimed “sex kitten” whose sultry voice and vivid, provocative performances on stage and screen...

  24. June 28, 2008

    DVD releases - Karl French

    Citizen Kane/ Touch of Evil Orson Welles, 1941 & 1958 Universal Is Citizen Kane over-praised? Does it deserve to be so...

  25. May 21, 2008

    Welles wrong on cuckoo clock's origins

    From Mr Roger Gill. Sir, The only very minor flaw in Gideon Rachman's excellent analysis of Europe's punching below its...

  26. The World

    May 20, 2008

    Column: Irrelevance, Europe’s logical choice

    “In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo,...

  27. May 20, 2008

    Irrelevance, Europe's logical choice

    "In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo,...

  28. May 19, 2008

    Irrelevance, Europe’s logical choice

    “In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo,...

  29. February 23, 2008

    Picture This - Open Page 15

    Orson Welles at Work by Francois Thomas and Jean-Pierre Berthome Phaidon £39.95, 320 pages FT bookshop price: £31.96 In...

  30. February 23, 2008

    Orson Welles at Work

    Orson Welles at Work By Francois Thomas and Jean-Pierre Berthome Phaidon £39.95, 320 pages FT bookshop price: £31.96 In...

  31. August 7, 2007

    Pick of the Day

    TV drama has handled love between adolescents with Down's syndrome. C4's Richard is My Boyfriend (pusillanimously scheduled...

  32. August 4, 2007

    The Hoax

    He almost got away with it. Convincing the money-men he had the inside insights on a famous subject, he signed the deal,...

  33. June 16, 2007

    Orson Welles: Hello Americans

    Orson Welles: Hello Americans by Simon Callow Vintage £8.99, 507 pages FT bookshop price: £7.19 How do you top Citizen...

  34. May 30, 2007

    Google data versus human nature

    Now I am going to tell you about a scorpion. This scorpion wanted to cross a river, so he asked the frog to carry him....

  35. May 29, 2007

    Google data versus human nature

    Now I am going to tell you about a scorpion. This scorpion wanted to cross a river, so he asked the frog to carry him. “No,”...

  36. April 18, 2007

    FILM

    The Stranger (BBC2 12.20am) is on the face of it a fairly straightforward, notably good-looking, intermittently clunky...

  37. March 31, 2007

    In brief - Biography: A Brief History

    Biography: A Brief History by Nigel Hamilton Harvard University Press £14.95, 345 pages FT bookshop price: £11.96 The...

  38. December 15, 2006

    Observer: Fake news

    Belgium's public television broadcaster RTBF was in hot water yesterday after running a hoax news show declaring that the...

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