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‘Who is this Ingrid Bergman?’

Gilberto Perez: Stroheim and Rossellini, 14 December 2000

Stroheim 
by Arthur Lennig.
Kentucky, 514 pp., £25, December 1999, 0 8131 2138 8
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The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini 
by Tag Gallagher.
Da Capo, 802 pp., £16.95, October 1998, 0 306 80873 0
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... his is not a realism of meaning but of reticence, of the refusal to compel reality into sense. Tag Gallagher’s biography of Rossellini is announced as the ‘first in any language’, although I believe there is one in Italian. One may want to quarrel with some of its judgments, but there is no quarrelling with its research and ...

Even If You Have to Starve

Ian Penman: Mod v. Trad, 29 August 2013

Mod: A Very British Style 
by Richard Weight.
Bodley Head, 478 pp., £25, April 2013, 978 0 224 07391 2
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... knock-off, a Carnaby Street caricature – wayward ideas replaced by winking insignia and a price tag on everything.) Weight is so stuck on his through-line map that he never stays long enough to see the strangeness of the scenes he’s passing through. (I’m tempted here by the neologism ‘tellyology’. Definition: shaping history with both eyes on a ...

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