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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest director Milo Forman dies aged 86

Film-maker became key figure of the Czech new wave before emigrating to the US and establishing a successful career in Hollywood Milo Forman, the Czech-born director of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Amadeus, has died at the age of 86. Producer Michael Douglas later told the Guardian the hiring was on the strength of The Firemans Ball: It took place in one enclosed situation, with a plethora of unique characters he had the ability to juggle. With a cast led by Jack Nicholson at the height of his…

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Alan Rickman: 10 key performances

From the Sheriff of Nottingham to Severus Snape, Alan Rickman played some of the most memorable roles cinema had to offer. Here are 10 of the best After graduating from drama school in 1974, Rickman pursued a successful career in theatre, culminating in an award-winning performance as Valmont in the premiere run of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985. Before that, however, he had made his mark on screen, a Bafta for best supporting actor. Close My Eyes Another change of pace for Rickman, taking top billing over Clive Owen and…

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Lady Macbeth review brilliantly chilling subversion of a classic | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week

Florence Pugh is lethally charismatic in William Oldroyds daring journey into the darkest corners of the world of bonnets and bows William Oldroyds fierce feature debut feels like Victorian noir, a twist on a genre probably invented by Shakespeare in the first place. It could well open up a dark new avenue in the bonnets-and-bows world of classic literary adaptation. His movie does an awful lot with a limited budget. It is smart, sexy, dour: qualities that are weaponised by a lethally charismatic lead performance from Florence Pugh as the…

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