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K. V. Turley

K. V. Turley
K.V. Turley writes from London.
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French director Abel Gance’s magnificent 1927 silent film Napoleon was only rediscovered thanks to the efforts of an English schoolboy, who was given a film projector as a Christmas present... There are films about legendary figures...
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When a death is reported, the first task is to identify the body. Who was the deceased? If, however, that somebody has deliberately left as few clues to her real identity as possible, then the identification is all...
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Be careful what you read—it may change you, for better or worse. In the case of Joseph Pearce, his early reading made him a violent white supremacist. It also landed him in jail. While there, he continued...
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Just more than 100 years ago, an English Music Hall artist was invited to California to take a screen test. On set, soon after, he was dressed in a shabby black coat, with a cane and a battered...
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From what had he fled? From what was he running? What was it that pursued him? The film titles give us some clues, as does his pace of life, the rapidity of his...
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It was to prove a tragic end for an actor synonymous with the supernatural. When it did come, it was to be an exhausted finale to what by then had become a pathetic existence. It was rumoured that...
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In July 1925, a young Swedish actress disembarked at New York harbour. She was nineteen years old and unknown, with little to mark her out from any of that day’s other arrivals. In less than two years, she...
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Life imitates art, or is it the other way round? In the lives of actors there is often a strange synergy with the roles they inhabit, one that reaches...
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One of the pleasures of living in London is the opportunity for frequent visits to the National Gallery. But for those who live elsewhere, you need no longer miss out as a new documentary about that institution is...