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Gravity composer Steven Price: Music out of this world

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity has been celebrated for its technical breakthroughs. But its music by is equally innovative, argues Clemency Burton-Hill. She sits down to talk with the film’s composer, Steven Price.<p>As Hollywood fairy tales go, it doesn’t get much more magical than the story of Steven …

Alexandre Desplat

20,000 Days on Earth: A new era for music documentaries

The standard rock doc has grown tired and stale. But new films like Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth are breathing fresh air into the genre, writes Emma Jones.<p>Laying bare his soul on the psychiatrist’s couch. Chatting to Kylie Minogue in the back seat of his car. Driving through the rain-washed …

Katy Perry

Eight films to watch in February

Hayao Miyazaki

Philip Seymour Hoffman: A tribute to an everyman genius

He was only 46 years old, but the actor leaves behind an astonishing body of work. Lisa Schwarzbaum examines the depth of his brilliance.<p>The outpouring of grief at the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman on 2 February is deepened by the awful circumstances of the event: found, according to police …

Philip Seymour Hoffman

George Clooney and The Monuments Men cast in Berlin

George Clooney brings his war caper The Monuments Men to the Berlin Film Festival. He talks to BBC Culture at the premiere.<p>“I’d forgotten how much I didn’t know about the history of the second World War,” says actor Hugh Bonneville in this video clip, which features red carpet interviews with …

George Clooney

Is the romantic comedy over?

Four Weddings and a Funeral was released 20 years ago – but has any rom-com bettered it? What’s happened to the genre? Nicholas Barber finds out.<p>A question for Valentine’s Day: when was Four Weddings and a Funeral released? To those of us who remember all the front page photos of Hugh Grant and …

Comedy

New look for silent classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

A German Expressionist film made in 1920 has been restored to its original quality for the first time. BBC Culture reports on its Berlin premiere.<p>A new version of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari reveals the silent masterpiece as it looked in 1920. After the original negative was discovered, a two-year …

Avant-garde

Battle of the biopic: YSL film shows in Berlin

The first of two rival YSL films due for release in 2014 has just been screened at the Berlin Film Festival. BBC Culture reports from the red carpet.<p>There has been controversy in France over two rival biopics of the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008 at the age of 71.<p>The first – …

Yves Saint-Laurent

Spectacular Motorized Flipbooks of Hand-Drawn Birds

Brooklyn-based artist Juan Fontanive creates spectacular motorized flip-books. He manually illustrates and paints each “frame” of his sculptural animations on paper and proceeds to install them in his kinetic boxes that sequentially flip through to simulate motion, just like a film projector except …

Art

China's Legendary "Dreaming of the Tiger Spring" Sculpture

Located at the foot of Daci Hill in the Hangszou, Zhejiang province of China lies the scenic <i>Hupao Spring</i>, also known as the <i>Dreaming of the Tiger Spring</i>. The picturesque landscape features an eye-catching sculpture of a man, seemingly caught in a slumber as two tigers creep their way down the rocks …

Wildlife

Street Photog Visits North Korea to Shoot Everyday Life in the Mysterious Country

We’ve had precious few chances to get a glimpse into the secretive country of North Korea. With the exception of a few AP photographers working out …

Vladimir Nabokov’s hand-drawn map of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”: http://tpr.ly/1790Deu.

Hearing Voices: Recorded Treasures from the 92nd Street Y

For most of history, a writer’s reading of his or her work in public was a true bit of ephemera enjoyed only by the people fortunate enough to be within earshot. Then, beginning in the last decades of the nineteenth century, Edison’s phonograph made possible the recording and playing of …

Literature

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Borges in Buenos Aires

On this day in 1899 Jorge Luis Borges was born. Borges’s <i>Ficciones</i> (1944), his breakthrough collection of “essays,” is regarded as one of the …

Literature

It's 'scary' watching aspects of her fiction come to life, Margaret Atwood says

Ten years ago, Margaret Atwood ended the world, and in rather spectacular fashion. <i>Oryx and Crake</i> was a revelation: a harrowing vision of society gone terribly wrong, and a reminder that Atwood, author of the classic dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i>, is one of the best speculative-fiction writers …

Stripe-Torn Tigers, Fake Nazis And Magic Cake In 'The Color Master'

Aimee Bender is no longer the whiz kid of the American short story. <i>The Color Master</i> is her fifth work of fiction, and along with the idiosyncratic George Saunders she now stands as one of the reigning masters of the eccentric American short story. Fortunately, she's showing no signs of growing up. …

Herman Melville, great American reader

A vigorous rereading of epics vivified his creation of the most compelling quest in the American canon<p><i>The Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library are launching a month-long celebration of</i> Moby Dick<i>, a way to encourage readers "to discover or rediscover the great</i> …

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