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I, Claudius / The Epic that Never Was

I, Claudius / The Epic that Never Was dir. Josef von Sternberg (1936) / hosted by Dirk Bogarde (BBC, 1965) Fittingly for a piece exploring why von Sternberg’s big screen adaptation of Robert Graves’ I, Claudius was never completed, the documentary itself has a rough, unfinished feel to it. Surviving footage reveals a lavish production. Charles Laughton mesmerises as the…

42 Word Review: Bobby Fischer Against the World dir. Liz Garbus

Bobby Fischer Against the World dir. Liz Garbus (2011) Replete with archival footage, this layman’s documentary cogently examines and contextualises both American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer’s 1972 (cold war) world championship match against Boris Spassky, and Fischer’s unstable genius, which drove him firstly to success, then to reclusiveness and abject derangement.