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LRB Films & Interviews

Short films, long films and interviews drawn from the pages of the LRB.

Old Ties

Alan Bennett, 24 December 2019

24 December 2019 · 02mins

Alan Bennett examines his wardrobe, in his 2019 Diary.

28 October 2019 · 15mins

Ben Campbell traces the history of the London Review of Books through its typography and cover art.

The Horror of Doubt

Jonathan Rée, 12 November 2018

12 November 2018 · 06mins

Jonathan Rée considers Kierkegaard’s unfinished work, Johannes Climacus, about a student who falls in love with thinking.

What do you mean by ‘God’?

Jonathan Rée, 9 October 2018

9 October 2018 · 06mins

Philosopher Jonathan Rée unravels the story within Spinoza's knotty work of 17th century rationalism, the Ethics

Grenfell: The End of an Experiment?

Anthony Wilks, 30 May 2018

30 May 2018 · 59mins

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, Anthony Wilks investigates the culture of Kensington and Chelsea Council and where it came from.

Lolling About

Alan Bennett, 5 February 2018

5 February 2018 · 02mins

Alan Bennett finds similarities between Love Island and the Bloomsbury set.

18 July 2017

Sheila Fitzpatrick considers how the Russian Revolution is viewed by the Russian government and academics in the West . . .

Kenneth Clark at the National Gallery

Nicholas Penny, 16 May 2017

16 May 2017 · 07mins

Nicholas Penny, former director of the National Gallery, explains how Kenneth Clark transformed the National Gallery as director from 1934 to 1945, with a look at the Myra Hess concerts and Clark's wide-ranging acquisitions.

Fritz Lang’s Use of Sound

Michael Wood, 5 April 2017

5 April 2017 · 09mins

Michael Wood looks at how Fritz Lang uses sound in his first two sound films, M (1931) and The Testament of Dr Mabuse (1933).

Walking the Last London

Iain Sinclair, 28 March 2017

28 March 2017 · 14mins

Iain Sinclair gives a tour around the area near his home in Hackney, London.

From Tocqueville to Trump

David Runciman, 22 December 2016

22 December 2016 · 16mins

David Runciman reflects on Trump, Brexit and threats to democracy, with some help from Alexis de Tocqueville.