Tag Archives: Derek Turner

Journey into Guilt – Detour (1945)

Journey into guilt Detour (1945) The term film noir is loose and sometimes controversial, but for many people Detour could encapsulate the genre. It is American, it is shot in black-and-white, it is a thriller, and it focuses on a … Continue reading

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Modernity in a medieval city

Modernity in a medieval city Modern Masters in Print, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, until 30 March, admission free Just down the hill from the superb Lincoln Cathedral is the Usher Gallery, the rather unlikely setting for this peripatetic V&A exhibition, which … Continue reading

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Land hunger, land anger

Land hunger, land anger The Field (1990) DEREK TURNER The Field opens in dramatic style. The setting is the rural west of Ireland, in 1965. A father and son are seen silhouetted at the top of a cliff, having dragged … Continue reading

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Reconnecting with Cavafy

Reconnecting with Cavafy DEREK TURNER reviews the latest tribute to Greece’s greatest modern poet Shades of Love – Photographs Inspired by the Poems of C. P. Cavafy Dimitris Yeros, poems translated by David Connolly, Insight Editions, San Francisco, 2010, 165 … Continue reading

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The tide-watchers

The tide-watchers   At the end of a sand-heaped lane A scene from Rembrandt – Worried lights clustered against hugeness; Lowlit men appraise an upraised ocean Boiling where a beach should be. Quiet speaking on a universal plain As wind … Continue reading

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Cold constitutional

Cold constitutional   On the ice-edge of the hill Gazing down grateful from verge of valley, Coming in across country, a splinter of winter –   My feet hold fields. And today, I saw the sun so wonderfully die, The … Continue reading

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Home life of a predator – scenes from a Leopard’s den

Home life of a predator – scenes from a Leopard’s den DEREK TURNER reviews the latest addition to the ever-growing field of ‘Leopardology’ Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa – A Biography Through Images Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, Alma Books, Richmond (Surrey), 2013, … Continue reading

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Monday night

Monday night   The roundest moon was resting on our road, Making of the lane a silver stream – A chilly channel running from some Sea To carry its Tranquillity to me.   I waded in those waters ‘til it … Continue reading

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Photographs from last summer

Photographs from last summer I The blossoms of bindweed Strewn on Towton field like Meissen plates. Delicate dirt; if I turn them, Will there be crossed swords on their base?   II Deer-prints point to the sea, Sharp-stepped, firm-pressed, precise; … Continue reading

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George Bellows – Modern American Life

George Bellows – Modern American Life Royal Academy, until 9th June 2013 DEREK TURNER George Bellows (1882-1925) is among the best-known of modern American artists, who made an extraordinarily varied contribution to America’s culture and self-image in the space of … Continue reading

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