A Year in Films and TV, Andrew Patterson, August Wilson, Beanpole, Billie, Billie Holiday, Brighton, Calm With Horses, Carole Lombard, Chadwick Boseman, David Lynch, Day By Day With Marilyn, Diana Rigg, Duke of York's Brighton, Edward Norton, Eliza Hittman, Eva Riley, Film Noir, George C. Wolfe, Hollywood's Hard-Luck Dames, James Erskine, Kantemir Balagov, Laura Wagner, Linda Manz, Lucky Grandma, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Morgan, Motherless Brooklyn, Neo-Noir, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Nick Rowland, Perfect 10, Russia, Sasie Sealy, The Last Interview, The Vast of Night, Tsai Chin, Veronica Lake, Viola Davis
This photo was taken in Brighton just two winters ago, but it already feels like a distant memory. Founded in 1910, the Duke of York’s is the oldest operating cinema in Britain, and I’ve been a customer, on and off, for the last quarter-century. The last film I saw there, back in February, was (ironically) Parasite. After four months in lockdown the Duke’s reopened in July, but by October its parent company Cineworld had announced that all theatres would close indefinitely. Now this grand old building is boarded up, a sorry sight – and it’s just one of many venues facing an uncertain future. I’ve really missed the cinema, though streaming has offered an alternative of sorts. As an old friend told me recently, we all need a little glamour in our lives – and so I hope 2021 is kinder to the arts than this year has been. Continue reading
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