Richard Burton

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The spy writer who held a grudge against Le Carré comes in from the cold
Willem Frederik Hermans thought the Briton’s famous book was based on his. Now one of his best works is coming out in the UK

Dalya Alberge

12, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Richard Burton exhibition looks beyond the hell-raiser headlines
Show at National Museum Cardiff tells how a south Wales boy became a Hollywood star

Steven Morris

20, Nov, 2020 @11:27 AM

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Alan Williams obituary
Thriller writer and journalist who relished the excitement and drama of the cold war

Michael Barber

15, May, 2020 @7:47 PM

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Will the lockdown trigger a new wave of kitchen sink cinema?
Life under lockdown could inspire new film-makers to revive a genre that thrives on tensions that brew under one roof

Miriam Balanescu

08, Apr, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Hamlet review – the Wooster Group resurrect Richard Burton's Dane
John Gielgud’s 1964 production of Shakespeare’s play haunts this meta-spectacle that questions the nature of performance

Kate Wyver

02, Apr, 2020 @10:08 AM

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My favourite film aged 12: Where Eagles Dare
Continuing our series in which writers revisit childhood movie passions, we find out if a war film from a pre-greenscreen era holds up in the digital age

Michael Hann

01, Apr, 2020 @8:57 AM

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Villain review – Richard Burton's masterclass in nastiness
The actor’s ruined handsomeness was perfect for his portrayal of a psychopathically violent gangster in this classic 1971 thriller

Peter Bradshaw

26, Mar, 2020 @7:00 AM

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My favourite film aged 12: Anne of the Thousand Days
In the start of a new series in which writers revisit their childhood movie passion – in this case a creaky costume drama about Henry VIII starring a hungover Richard Burton

Caspar Salmon

24, Mar, 2020 @1:42 PM

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Eva Sereny's best photograph: Liz Taylor and Richard Burton swap angry looks
‘He was playing Trotsky in a film and she suddenly appeared on set. Something was obviously up. They divorced two years later’

Interview by Dale Berning Sawa

12, Sep, 2018 @2:02 PM

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Observer picture archive: Society wedding, 15 June 1968
Jane Bown captured the arrival of Elizabeth Taylor and the somewhat rumpled pair of Richard Burton and Noël Coward, for page one.

selected by Greg Whitmore, Observer picture editor

10, Jun, 2018 @7:00 AM

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How 1960s cinema gave us a glimpse of our future lives | Ian Jack
A new season at the BFI showcases a Britain casting off the moorings of tradition yet uncertain where it was headed, writes Guardian columnist Ian Jack

Ian Jack

31, Mar, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Look Back in Anger review – Richard Burton rages in a revealing rerelease
Sixty years on, the big-screen adaptation of the landmark play looks more conservative than revolutionary but Burton’s firepower is undimmed

Peter Bradshaw

30, Mar, 2018 @5:30 AM

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