I’m Charles Foster Kane!

"You buy a bag of peanuts in this town, you get a song written about you"... This week Brit considers the musical legacy of Orson Welles’  masterpiece Citizen Kane... The gloriously awful singer Florence Foster Jenkins, as featured in Mahlerman’s post about unserious music, put me in mind of the opera scene ... Read More...

Richard Burton and the Kings of the Underworld

Gaw recalls a Welshman who was a self-made hero to some, a self-romanticising show-off to others. Brit's clip of Richard Burton reading Under Milk Wood from Lazy Sunday Afternoon the other week sent me looking for more opportunities to hear that voice. Here's a spell-binding excerpt from an interview where he talks about mining. ... Read More...

Film Review: Margin Call

The Epicurean Dealmaker writes anonymously, insightfully and wittily on the world of investment banking, the first because he works in the industry as a senior M&A banker. If you want to understand, and even find amusing, the rarefied and controversial world of high finance you won't do much better than ... Read More...

Pure Unbridled Filth

Readers of a milksop disposition, look away now! for Frank is about to besmirch the pages of The Dabbler with pure unbridled filth... According to John Trevelyan in What The Censor Saw (1973), the following list includes some of the disgusting and morally repugnant subjects rightly banned by the British Board ... Read More...

Film Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brit praises Thomas Alfredson's new adaptation of the Le Carre classic... A Saturday night visit to the ring-road multiplex is not, in the normal course of things, an activity of particular cultural sophistication. Grown-ups in JD sportsgear (i.e.oversized romper suits) toddle open-mouthed from the shouty, flashy blast of the foyer into ... Read More...

Modern Times

From the August 2010 archives, Bryan Appleyard is struck by a still from Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times... I was never much taken with Charlie Chaplin, too cute, I preferred the comparative austerity of Buster Keaton. But a couple of days ago I came across this picture. It is the last shot ... Read More...