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Michael Wood: ‘Boyhood’, 21 August 2014

... of the characters’ lives because of the storyline, of the actors’ lives because time passes. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy met on a train in Before Sunrise in 1995, in a bookshop in Before Sunset in 2004, and (their characters married now) in Greece in Before Midnight in 2013. It’s a great device, but probably does more for our imaginations than for ...

At the Movies

Michael Wood: ‘The Truth’, 13 August 2020

... sort of travel. As the interview continues, Lumir arrives through the garden, with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and her child (Clémentine Grenier). They have come from New York, ostensibly to celebrate the appearance of Fabienne’s book, but really, according to the all too obvious protocols, to continue a quarrel about the past.At the heart of the ...

Short Cuts

Thomas Jones: Statistics and reading, 21 September 2000

... of those 77.3 per cent who’d rather read a book than go to the movies. On the cover is a pouting Ethan Hawke (who played the Pip character in Alfonso Cuarón’s modern-day version of Great Expectations, 1997), and the film promises to be rather different from Mel Gibson’s decade-old Mad Max: Prince of Denmark. Plaudits for the script have been culled ...

It isn’t the lines

Bee Wilson: Paul Newman’s Looks, 16 February 2023

Paul Newman: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man 
by Paul Newman, edited by David Rosenthal.
Century, 320 pp., £25, October 2022, 978 1 5291 9706 8
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The Last Movie Stars 
directed by Ethan Hawke.
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... from the Stern transcripts. The Last Movie Stars is a six-part documentary directed by the actor Ethan Hawke – a Newman fanboy who fell in love with cinema after watching Butch Cassidy. It moves beyond individual biography to become an extended riff on the differences between art and stardom and the wonders and horrors of extreme fame. Filmed at the ...

This Guilty Land

Eric Foner: Every Possible Lincoln, 17 December 2020

Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times 
by David S. Reynolds.
Penguin, 1066 pp., £33.69, September, 978 1 59420 604 7
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The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Struggle for American Freedom 
by H.W. Brands.
Doubleday, 445 pp., £24, October, 978 0 385 54400 9
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... Civil Rights’. Brown was recently the subject of a TV series, The Good Lord Bird, starring Ethan Hawke. Brands writes that his students in Austin, Texas, ‘can’t get enough of John Brown’.Lincoln and Brown both hated slavery but that conviction by itself did not tell a person how to take action against it. When the Fugitive Slave Act became ...

At the Movies

Michael Wood: ‘Miles Ahead’, 19 May 2016

Miles Ahead 
directed by Don Cheadle.
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... leaving America to die years later in Amsterdam. The movie has some good moments, notably Ethan Hawke’s creditable imitation of Baker’s version of ‘My Funny Valentine’, and generally his display of the character’s mix of bewilderment and anxiety. Carmen Ejogo as his wife projects loyalty without submission, no small feat. The scene with ...

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