The Strand - Tuesday 13th July 2009
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On The Strand today -
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince is the latest instalment in the most successful film franchise in the world. Featuring the young wizard's sixth year at Hogwarts school, we examine whether this latest film of J.K. Rowling's book lives up to the hype.
Israeli literary star Etgar Keret discusses the extended afterlife of his novella Kneller's Happy Campers in spite of the themes of death and suicide. The book is about to be published in English for the first time but the film has already won the screenwriting award and the Camera d'Or at Cannes.
Tim Marlow gives us a final report from Venice Biennale looking at art from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Anselm Kiefer and the Opera Bastille
The Strand talks to the German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer who has created the visual and musical piece Am Anfang for the 20th anniversary performance of the Opera Bastille in Paris.