Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 14 April 2007
Three reviews of work from Germany - Oscar winner The Lives Of Others, best-selling novel Measuring The World, plus photography from Andreas Gursky; also Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, and a new drama about the weather - Superstorm...
Whilst Tom's on holiday, Sarfraz Manzoor joins guests in the studio to discuss the cultural highlights of the week.
Joining Sarfraz on this week's panel are: Liz Forgan - Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Misha Glenny - writer and journalist Alice Rawsthorne - design critic
Tom Sutcliffe returns on May 28
The Lives Of Others This film is the debut feature of the German wunderkind Florian Henckel von Donnermarck and it has just won the Oscar for best foreign film. The film is set in East Berlin in 1984 when one in five of the civilian population was an informant to the Stasi, the East German Secret Police.
The Lives of Others is in cinemas now Certificate 12A.
Measuring The World This best-selling novel by the young German author Daniel Kehlmann has been a massive bestseller in Germany, outselling Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code. It is set in the early 19th century and charts the parallel lives of the explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss as they set about trying to observe and understand the world around them.
Measuring the World is published by Quercus.
Superstorm This new BBC1 drama series about scientists’ attempts at weather modification is accompanied by a documentary series on BBC2. Set in the near future the drama follows the fortunes of Stormshield - a crack team of scientists who attempt to change the course of hurricanes in America.
Superstorm starts on Sunday April 15 at 9.00pm on BBC1. It has 3 episodes. The Science of Superstorms is on BBC2 also on Sunday April 15 at 10.00pm.
Andreas Gursky Alice Rawsthorne chooses the work of the German photographer Andreas Gursky as her guest choice.
Gursky’s photographs can be seen in London at Tate Modern, at Sprueth Magers until May 12, and at the White Cube Gallery in Mason’s Yard until May 3.
To see Andreas Gursky's work at Sprueth Magers click here
Satyagraha English National Opera are mounting the British premier of Philip Glass’s opera about Gandhi which, although it was written in the late 1970s, has never been performed over here. The production is by Improbable Theatre Company, the team
behind Shock Headed Peter, and involves giant papier mache puppets, yards of sellotape and a wall of corrugated iron.
Satyagraha is at The London Coliseum until May 1.
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