Elia Kazan’s 1955 screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic, East of Eden, is re-released at the BFI until early May. Linda Roland Danil reviews the film that lives in the book’s shadow
East of Eden by John Steinbeck is in my top three books of all time. Steinbeck not only had a skill for rich, evocative language that clearly brings to mind the poetic visual imagery such as the lush landscape of California’s Salinas Valley, where East of Eden is mainly set; he also had a skill for successfully exploring a large range and depth of human characteristics and emotions (and lack of them, particularly with the character of Kate).Read more »
“When Donald Rumsfeld was asked by a journalist why he was so sure that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, he said: ‘We have the receipts’. Shakespeare would have loved that. “
Pauline Kiernan gives us fascinating insights into the politics, ethics and goriness of war in Shakespeare.
Richard III hardly flies the flag for feminism. So what did Sophie Sellars think when Southwark's Rose Theatre staged an all-female production? Read more »
Nick Hennessey is an award-winning storyteller who stands on carpet and performs his unique takes on folk tales. Emma Whipday goes to The Forge in Camden Town to see his idiosyncratic spin on Finland's national epic, the Kalevala. Read more »