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Gavin Millar, 8 January 1987

A Life in Movies 
by Michael Powell.
Heinemann, 705 pp., £15.95, October 1986, 9780434599455
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All Our Yesterdays: 90 Years of British Cinema 
edited by Charles Barr.
BFI, 446 pp., £12.95, October 1986, 0 85170 179 5
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... is especially useful as a reminder that not all of British cinema is photographed literary texts. Charles Barr’s introductory essay to his useful collection has Powell and Pressburger very much in mind – indeed, a still from Powell’s Peeping Tom decorates the cover. This was the film that finally set the critical seal on poor Powell’s fate. Some ...

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Nicholas Penny: The Art World, 14 December 2017

The Auctioneer: A Memoir of Great Art, Legendary Collectors and Record-Breaking Auctions 
by Simon de Pury and William Stadiem.
Allen and Unwin, 312 pp., £9.99, April 2017, 978 1 76011 350 6
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Rogues’ Gallery: A History of Art and Its Dealers 
by Philip Hook.
Profile, 282 pp., £20, January 2017, 978 1 78125 570 4
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Donald Judd: Writings 
edited by Flavin Judd and Caitlin Murray.
David Zwirner, 1054 pp., £28, November 2016, 978 1 941701 35 5
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... had a mission to educate and influence unlike that of any equivalent European institution. Alfred Barr, its first director, promoted an idea of modernity that was compatible with the corporate outlook of his chief supporter, Nelson Rockefeller.When MoMA was founded the trustees intended that when artworks were fifty years old they would be donated to the ...

One Summer in America

Eliot Weinberger, 26 September 2019

... way’ to get rid of federal workers who would be difficult to fire.*The attorney general, William Barr, announces that the federal government will resume carrying out the death penalty. Although there have been death sentences, no federal inmate has been executed since 2003. (Twenty-one states have abolished capital punishment, but in other states 25 people ...

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