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Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

Leonard Coen and U2

    For decades Cohen’s music has been misrepresented as the soundtrack to suicide. In fact the old (now 73) groaner is something of a comedian, though his wit is so dry it’s taken non-aficionados decades to catch on. He’s also something of a master of self-mythology, the sort of performer who seems to back …

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Co/Ma

Mike Figgis and the "steering wheel" camera he drove for Co/Ma

  In 2004 director Mike Figgis led a “master class”, a five day workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia, for some of Europe’s hot, upcoming talent. Co/Ma is the result of the collaboration, a film made by the members of the course and shown to them, and a few paying members of the public, at the end …

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The U.S. vs. John Lennon

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in front of a version of the Stars and Stripes

    Professional musician and amateur situationist John Lennon has always been an easy target for anyone wanting to level a charge of hypocrisy. “Imagine no possessions,” he sang, and the fingers started pointing at his lavish lifestyle – insert your own version of the story about the fur coats kept in a refrigerated room in …

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Princes of the Yen

Downtown Tokyo

  Halfway through watching this simple but fascinating documentary, by the same team that made the equally eye-opening 97% Owned, a friend turned up. Instead of saying “How are you?” or “Wanna cup of tea?” (I’m writing this in the UK), I said, “God, I’m watching this amazing documentary about economics in Japan and how …

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Our Daily Bread

On the pig production line in Our Daily Bread

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     10 August   Henri Nestlé born, 1814 On this day in 1814, Henri Nestlé was born, as Heinrich Nestle, in Frankfurt am Rhein, Germany. His father was a glazier and the business had been passed down the family line for …

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For All Mankind

The man in the moon in For All Mankind

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 July   Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the Moon, 1969 Today in 1969, while schoolchildren the world over hugged their knees while watching, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon. …

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The Song Remains the Same

Robert Plant in The Song Remains the Same

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one         13 July       Live Aid, 1985 On this day in 1985, some of the world’s most popular music acts got together at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, and John F Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, USA. Live Aid was …

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