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Janet Suzman; Invisible Art; Cosmopolis review

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 11 June 2012

With Mark Lawson.

Novelist Toby Litt reviews David Cronenberg's new film Cosmopolis, based on the novel by Don DeLillo. It stars Twilight's Robert Pattinson as a billionaire cocooned in his limousine, crossing Manhattan to get a haircut.

Janet Suzman has played most of the major theatrical roles for women, including Cleopatra, Ophelia, Shaw's Saint Joan and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. Now she has published a book, Not Hamlet, in which she reflects on the 'frail position of women in drama', arguing that they do not enjoy the same status as their male counterparts.

A major new exhibition called Invisible: Art of the Unseen includes plans for an architecture of air and a pair of blank canvases entitled Magic Ink. Richard Cork reviews this unexpected collection of works.

American writer Ben Marcus talks about his new novel, The Flame Alphabet, a dystopian story about an epidemic hitting America - the sound of children's speech has become lethal.

Producer Dymphna Flynn.

Chapters

4 items
  • Cosmopolis

    • Cosmopolis

      Novelist Toby Litt reviews Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson and Juliet Binoche

  • Janet Suzman

    • Janet Suzman

      Mark Lawson talks to the actor Janet Suzman about her book, Not Hamlet

  • Invisible Art

    • Invisible Art

      Critic Richard Cork reviews Invisible Art at the Hayward Gallery

  • Ben Marcus

    • Ben Marcus

      American writer Ben Marcus talks about his new book, The Flame Alphabet

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