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Film Of The Week

Words Harry Langham 

The Personal History of David Copperfield review – Cockle-warming return to the past brings hope of a brighter future

If some movies are “feel-good”, then Armando Iannucci’s kaleidoscopic adaptation of Dickens’s career-defining bildungsroman is a veritable shot in the arm with the happy stuff, an IV dopamine booster that would warm even the icy cockles of Scrooge himself. It is a triumph of comic imagination, a mazy journey of self-discovery centred around the attempts of its narrator – played by a charmingly blundering Dev Patel – to discover whether or not he is the hero of his own story. Patel is accompanied by a glorious ensemble of actorly talent, cast according to a principle of colour-blind inclusivity which succeeds in warding off the seductive allure of unthinking nostalgia. 

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Statue utopianism and Britain’s selective hearing. 

Taking down statues has nothing to do with erasing our past. They’re a way of convincing ourselves that we can listen to history as we deem fit, rather than as it actually unfolded. 

 

19.06.2020

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Aria exhibition by Tomás Saraceno

Tomas Saraceno (b.1973) is an Argentinian multidisciplinary artist who grew up in Italy and now works and lives in Berlin, Germany.

01.06.2020

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A Piece Of Mind

The Dog Walker's Guild.

 

20.04.2020

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