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Newsnight Review 17 February, 2006
Presented by Kirsty Wark

With guests:
Sarah Churchwell
Iain Sinclair
Stephen Armstrong
Tim Lott
Sarah Churchwell
Iain Sinclair
Stephen Armstrong
Tim Lott

This week

  • CAPOTE
  • GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
  • LUDMILA'S BROKEN ENGLISH
  • GOTHIC NIGHTMARES


    Capote

    Publicity image from Capote
    Philip Seymour Hoffman has received an Oscar nomination for his acting in the title role of Capote, and already won a Golden Globe.

    The film is set around the period of Truman Capote's life when he researched In Cold Blood, a completely new form of non-fiction novel which was to make him the most celebrated writer in America.

    In November, 1959, Truman Capote reads an article in the New York Times. It tells of the murders of four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas.

    It presents an opportunity, he believes, to prove that, in the hands of the right writer, non-fiction can be as compelling as fiction.

    He convinces a magazine to give him an assignment and heads for Kansas. Accompanying him is a friend from his Alabama childhood: Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), who within a few months will win a Pulitzer Prize as the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Publicity images from Capote

    The killers - Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) - are caught, tried, convicted and sentenced to die.

    Capote visits them in jail. As he gets to know them, he realises that what he had thought would be a magazine article has grown into a book, a book that could rank with the greatest in modern literature.

  • CERTIFICATE 15
  • CAPOTE GOES ON GENERAL RELEASE ON FRIDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2006


    Good Night, and Good Luck

    Good Night, and Good Luck takes place during the early days of American broadcast journalism in the 1950s. It chronicles the real-life conflict between CBS news reporter Edward R Murrow (David Strathairn) and Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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    Despite opposition from CBS News bosses, Murrow and his producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney) report on the story of sacked Navy pilot Milo Radulovich.

    With no trial, and all evidence kept secret, Radulovich is deemed a "security risk" and a communist. Murrow's report highlights the growing scaremongering of the communist "witch-hunts" and questions the tactics used by Senator McCarthy.

    The story sparks a very public feud when McCarthy responds by accusing Murrow of being a communist.

    Good Night, and Good Luck was a very personal project for George Clooney who directed and co-wrote the film, and whose father was a news anchor for 30 years.

    The film has garnered several Oscar nominations.

    Publicity images from Good Night, and Good Luck

    Watch next Friday's Newsnight Review for a special interview with Clooney when he talks to Kirsty about Good Night, and Good Luck, his forthcoming political thriller Syriana, and how he can influence American society and politics through film rather than through elected office.

  • CERTIFICATE PG
  • GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK IS ON GENERAL RELEASE FROM 17 FEBRUARY, 2006
  • A NEWSNIGHT REVIEW SPECIAL WITH GEORGE CLOONEY CAN BE SEEN ON FRIDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2006 ON BBC TWO


    Ludmila's Broken English
    By DBC Pierre

    This is the second novel from author DBC Pierre. His first, Vernon God Little, earned him the MAN Booker Prize in 2003.

    Author DBC Pierre
    Author DBC Pierre
    This was surrounded by controversy when it was revealed that not only was he a former drug addict and gambler, but he was also going to use some of his prize money to pay back a former friend whose money he had swindled.

    Ludmila's Broken English charts the unlikely meeting of East and West that follows when Ludmila Derev appears on a Russian brides website.

    A beauty from the war-torn Caucasus, she's determined to save her family from starvation and marauding Gnez troops.

    Thousands of miles to the West, the Heath twins are separated after 33 years conjoined at the abdomen. Released for the first time from a care institution, they are suddenly plunged in to a world churning with opportunity, democracy, self-empowerment - and sex.

  • LUDMILA'S BROKEN ENGLISH IS PUBLISHED BY FABER IN MARCH


    Gothic Nightmares:
    Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination
    Tate Britain

    Henry Fuseli is the dominant figure in this new exhibition at Tate Britain. A leading light of the Royal Academy in the late 18th and early 19th century, his work combined classical subject matter with a fascination for violent action, terror and sexual desire.

    The Nightmare, by Henri Fuseli
    Henri Fuseli's The Nightmare
    Though an establishment figure in his day, he also played to the new mass audience which was created by innovations such as the printing press. This popularism led to the demise of his reputation after his death, but his influence can be seen strongly in the 20th century from the dark horror of films such as Nosferatu through to the stylised figure drawings of comic books.

    By setting him in the context of his peers, in particular William Blake and the satirical cartoonist James Gillray, the exhibition creates the sense of a movement in art to rival the wave of gothic literature started by Horace Walpole, which reached its zenith in the works of Anne Radclyffe and Matthew Lewis.

  • CURATED BY MARTIN MYRONE
  • GOTHIC NIGHTMARES IS AT TATE BRITAIN UNTIL 1 MAY, 2006


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