Casablanca.

Casablanca.

I just watched, on BBC2 (16.20-18.00), what I usually nominate as my favourite film, Casablanca (made in 1942). Even on its umpteenth viewing this masterpiece never fails to compel – shooting it in black & white only adds to the atmosphere. Difficult to believe...
Many Happy Returns to Ivry Gitlis, 98 today.

Many Happy Returns to Ivry Gitlis, 98 today.

Should Mr Gitlis’s artistry – intense/impassioned, eloquent/expressive, and displaying a magnetic combination of rose-in-the-teeth address & golden-age tone – be unfamiliar, then do consider a recent Profil set that gathers together his Vox recordings from the...