ABR Arts

Two Verdi masterpieces staged by Opera Australia

Peter Rose
Thursday, 02 May 2013

Opera Australia’s spring season, after an impressive autumn one (with the well-received Lucia, Butterfly, and Salome), opens with two masterpieces by Verdi in his bicentennial year. It is a decidedly rocky pairing.

La Fura dels Baus’s production of Un Ballo in Maschera was first seen in Sydney in January. La Fura is open about its intentions. Assi ...

Lincoln

Morag Fraser
Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The Academy Award season is so given to hyperbole that it was a relief to read one critic not starry-eyed about Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Rex Reed, in the New York Observer, criticised the film for having ‘too much material, too little revelation and almost nothing of Spielberg’s reliable cinematic flair’. I don’t agree for a moment, but Re ...

Redfern Now (ABC)

Rebecca Harkins-Cross
Sunday, 25 November 2012

On the Misconception of Oedipus

Andrew Fuhrmann
Tuesday, 25 September 2012

How is it that the sordid ‘familial romance’ of Laius, Jocasta, and Oedipus, or ‘daddy, mommy, and me’, came so completely to define the concept of desire in the modern West? For Deleuze and Guattari, authors of The Anti-Oedipus, that is the true sphinxian riddle at the heart of the Oedipus materials, the myth, and its subsequent interpretations from ...

Wuthering Heights

Brian McFarlane
Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Those Brontës. If they’d only had a decent agent with foresight, they could have escaped that dank parsonage on the gloomy moors of windswept Yorkshire and set up on the French Riviera in comfort. Since 1910 there have been at least forty film or television versions of Jane Eyre, most recently in 2011. Now it is Emily’s turn for the latest (seventeenth) ...

Cosmopolis

Philippa Hawker
Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Prousted

Philippa Hawker

 

Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel Cosmopolis could be described as a rarefied CBD road movie, and the same might be said of David Cronenberg’s new film adaptation, an unnervingly faithful, uncomfortable, and elusive version of the book.

Cronenberg, a consistently absorbing and provocative director, is still probably best kn ...

Wordly riches at the Barnes

Patrick McCaughey
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

From musty Merion to a new home in Philadelphia

by Patrick McCaughey

 

In mid-May the Barnes Foundation opened at its new location in the cultural corridor of downtown Philadelphia. A cloud of controversy followed it to the end. The new building, handsome if flawed, from the gifted New York studio of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, ha ...

Australian graphic arts at the British Museum

Angus Trumble
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

‘Iron in the mind’

Angus Trumble

 

Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas
by Stephen Coppel
British Museum, £25 pb, 240 pp, 9780714126722

 

The British Museum’s connection with Australia goes right back to 29 Apri ...

Napoleon rules at the NGV

Robert Aldrich
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Triumphalist march on St Kilda Road

Robert Aldrich

 

Napoleon: Revolution to Empire
edited by Ted Gott
National Gallery of Victoria, $49.95 hb, 327 pp, 9780724103560

 

Napoleon came to power as First Consul in 1799 after a coup d’état, having recentl ...

Trishna

Philippa Hawker
Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Choosing to set a screen adaptation of Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) in contemporary India might seem like an almost perverse shift, or an over-determining decision. But for British film-maker Michael Winterbottom, there is consistency and history of a sort. It is his third Thomas Hardy adaptation, and his fourth feature shot on the subcontinent. In re ...

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