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Mark Kidel

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Mark is a documentary filmmaker and writer specialising in the arts and music. Recent films include "Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance ", "Road Movie: A Portrait of John Adams", "Painting the Moment", a film about the French painter Fabienne Verdier and "Martin Amis's England". He is current developing a feature-length documentary on Sly and the Family Stone and a film about Cary Grant

Articles by Mark Kidel

First Person: The Juilliard Experiment

When the French painter Fabienne Verdier told me she’d been invited to explore the relationship between painting and music at the world-famous Juilliard School in New York, I knew straight away that...

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CD: Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns

Madeleine Peyroux made her name channeling Billie Holiday. White stars have never ceased to model themselves on African-American genius – Mick Jagger on Don Covay, Rod Stewart on Sam Cooke and Joe...

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DVD/Blu-ray: Embrace of the Serpent

The jungle, a region of Edenic fantasy and unspeakable terrors, has always fed the white man’s imagination as well as kindled his greed. Not surprisingly, this is rich ground for the movies – a place...

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DVD: Mapplethorpe - Look at the Pictures

America is a country that has always thrived on dramatic battles between "good" and "evil", God and the Devil. Demonising may have Puritan roots, but it remains a particularly American obsession. The...

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DVD: High Rise

Ben Wheatley is a one-off, drawing on his experience in commercials and taste for wacky comedy. He does art house with a surreal twist, crafting a fast-paced montage of disjointed yet interrelated...

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DVD: That Cold Day in the Park

In 1969, just before he made M*A*S*H, the innovative film that launched him in the world, Robert Altman had made his first proper feature. That Cold Day in the Park was a piece of period weirdness,...

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DVD: Heart of a Dog

The language of documentary is shot through with conventions. Rare is the occasion when a film-maker breaks the rules and throws the genre wide open. It takes a versatile artist like Laurie Anderson...

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DVD: Janis – Little Girl Blue

The Janis Joplin bio-doc has been a long time coming. The rock star’s family were notoriously cautious about exposure: who wouldn’t be, with a career so tragic and brief?As it happens, their...

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CD: Bob Dylan - Fallen Angels

In his latest album, Bob Dylan once again interprets, in his own slightly ironic and yet lovingly respectful way, standards that Sinatra made famous. This is one of those moments when it feels like...

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DVD: The Hateful Eight

Tarantino’s latest bloodfest is a claustrophobic piece of cinema in which a very wild bunch, holed up in a Wyoming shack in the middle of a blizzard, confront their various pasts, recent and less so...

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CD: Brian Eno - The Ship

Brian Eno has consistently explored the frontiers of music, bravely charting new territories of sound in a way that’s never left his audience behind. He can bring his finely attuned ears and...

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All's Well That Ends Well, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Andrew Hilton’s new production of All’s Well That Ends Well makes the most of the complexities of a "problem play", neither comedy nor tragedy, and navigates this startling mix of emotional depth and...

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CD: Damir Imamović's Sevdah Takht - Dvojka

Black bile, the dark blood which feeds the melancholy mood, runs through musics that resonate with the heart’s longing. In Arabic sawdah is a word which draws together the ideas of black bile and, in...

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Long Day's Journey Into Night, Bristol Old Vic

Lesley Manville’s performance as Mary, the tortured morphine addict, wife and mother in Eugene O’Neill’s dark masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night, directed by Richard Eyre, is breathtaking,...

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CD: Jeff Buckley - You and I

Jeff Buckley, who died much too young, only made one studio album, Grace. Part-channelling his sweet-voiced father Tim, and part-exploring a strand of rock that was both dangerously wild and...

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Hamlet, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Alan Mahon’s Hamlet in Andrew Hilton’s production for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory bristles with teen spirit and this is no bad thing. The Prince of Denmark, even before his father dies, is...

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