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Tom Birchenough

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Bio
Tom has been based largely in Moscow since 1991, from where he has written for a range of publications. He has contributed to Variety since 1993, and was for many years the film critic for the main English-language publication in Russia, The Moscow Times. He has been associate producer on a number of television documentaries on Russian subjects.

Articles by Tom Birchenough

Blu-ray: Bad Timing

With its combination of a Tom Waits lament and visuals tracking over art works by Viennese modernists like Klimt and Schiele, the opening of Nicolas Roeg’s 1980 Bad Timing stays in the memory – its...

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Touched by Auschwitz, BBC Two

There’s been a pronounced sense of finality at this year’s 70th anniversary commemoration of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz. No closure, of course, but an awareness that the ranks of survivors are...

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Holocaust: Night Will Fall, Channel 4

 More than once in André Singer’s documentary Holocaust: Night Will Fall – marking in advance the 70th anniversary, on 27th January, of the liberation of Auschwitz, having added that...

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Surviving the Holocaust - Freddie Knoller's War, BBC Two

First-hand testimonial is surely the building block of history. Whether it’s in the form of written diaries or the television memory, it allows us to go back to the very basics as we, the reader-...

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DVD: Southern District

A Bolivian upper-crust family comes to gradual pieces in Juan Carlos Valdivia’s 2009 Southern District (Zona Sur), which won best director and script prize in the World Cinema section at Sundance the...

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DVD: A Most Wanted Man

No one could have known it would be one of his final screen appearances – there’s another still to come in a further installment of Hunger Games – but Philip Seymour Hoffman’s role in Anton Corbijn’s...

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Rich, Russian and Living in London, BBC Two

If the idea of the BBC putting together a “Super Rich” season came as a surprise in itself, the fact that wealthy Russians would be appearing in it can’t have shocked anyone, and Rich, Russian and...

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The Green Ray

French actress Marie Rivière had a specially close relationship with director Eric Rohmer. After seeing his work for the first time in the early 1970s, Rivière expressed her admiration in a letter,...

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DVD: The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

There’s a wonderful drollery to Guillaume Nicloux’s wry and eccentric comedy The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (L‘Enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq) which is quintessentially Gallic. Three years...

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Photographer Rena Effendi: 'Images of dislocation'

Photographer Rena Effendi’s current exhibition, "Zones of Silence", at London's Mosaic Rooms includes work from four of her recent series, and it’s hard not to see a link between them – displacement...

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Olive Kitteridge, Sky Atlantic

Some of the best films this year have been the longest. The one most likely to be remembered is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, at a modest enough 165 minutes, followed soon after by Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s...

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The Circle

Remembering the early years of social and sexual liberation in Swiss gay life, Stefan Haupt’s drama-documentary The Circle (Der Kreis) has rich affection for its subject. In particular, that’s the...

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The Green Prince

Finding a clear narrative among the deadly uncertainties of the long-lasting stand-off between Israel and Palestine is a challenge. Israeli documentarist Nadav Schirman, drawing on a real-life story...

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The Grandmaster

Hong Kong master Wong Kar Wai has ventured into new territory with The Grandmaster. Many years in the making, his new film is a remarkable portrayal of martial-arts traditions, specifically the story...

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3 Winters, National Theatre

The single spacious room that is the central location of Tena Štivičić’s 3 Winters has seen plenty of ghosts. It’s part of an old Zagreb mansion, and through the course of the play witnesses the...

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Imagine... Colm Tóibín: His Mother's Son, BBC One

Watching this edition of Imagine… on Colm Tóibín, it was impossible not to be reminded of Graham Greene’s dictum about childhood being the bank balance of the writer. The key event in Tóibín’s...

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Jessie J, Eventim Apollo

Magnificently garish live show is constantly on the edge of sensory overloa...

Fortitude, Sky Atlantic

Love, death and monsters in the Arctic Circle

Timeshift: Battle for the Himalayas, BBC Four

The remarkable story of Everest on film highlights John Noel's restore...

Trash

Director Stephen Daldry's three unknowns save the day

Di and Viv and Rose, Vaudeville Theatre

Frank, funny and deeply felt meditation on defining friendships

Florian Boesch, Roger Vignoles, Wigmore Hall

An extraordinary musical adventure in the Austrian Alps

Grim Fandango Remastered

A classic point-and-click adventure returns – but is the past another count...

Blu-ray: Bad Timing

Obsession in Vienna with Art Garfunkel and Theresa Russell

The Hard Problem, National Theatre

Minor Stoppard that never fully melds head and heart

Onegin, Royal Ballet

Cranko's adaptation of Pushkin offers plenty of character and intrigue