Spielberg’s take on those star-crossed lovers: ‘West Side Story’ returns
09 December 2021 | 1:41 pm
It's hard to imagine a more perfect musical than the 1961 version of "West Side Story", and yet Steven Spielberg took on precisely that challenge. Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why that gamble paid off, with a particularly lyrical appraisal of some of the film's highlights.
6 Jun 2021
Walking tightropes, rappelling down a four-storey-high rope tunnel, sitting in a dangling basket 58 floors high -- tourists have been steeling their nerves for adrenaline-filled challenges in a new assault course at the top of China's tallest TV tower.
22 Jun 2021
The deal, which was announced on June 21, is likely to solidify Netflix as the top streaming service in the market.
5 Jul 2021
Wall-scaling artists have painted a mural of Lionel Messi in the Argentinian town where he was born 34 years ago. The mural covers one end of a four-story apartment building in the La Bajada neighborhood of Rosario where the star lived as a child, and faces the primary school he attended.
15 Sep 2021
In a Berlin church, the "Classic meets fetish" evening regularly brings together about a hundred members of the queer community, all dressed in leather, to listen to classical music.
19 Sep 2021
Tucked away in an indoor market in Manchester, northwest England, lies the last shop in Britain dedicated to selling cassettes. Mars Tapes, founded in 2019 by a group of music lovers, is tapping into a nostalgic trend in cultural consumption accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic.
16 Sep 2021
In Portugal's Agueda valley, south of Porto, the bike manufacturing industry is flourishing, particularly for electric bicycles. No other EU country makes more bikes than Portugal. The nation of 10 million inhabitants, or just over 2 percent of the EU population, produces a quarter of the bloc's bicycles. This reindustrialisation success story is the consequence of a growing passion for cycling in Europe. Our regional correspondents report.
6 Oct 2021
The Goncourt Prize, after initially downplaying a nepotism scandal, has bowed to public pressure. Relatives, spouses, partners, or indeed lovers of jury members will no longer be eligible for the award.
20 Oct 2021
One year later, Eti-Inyene Godwin Akpan, a photojournalist who went out to document the #ENDSARS protest of 20 October 2020, shares his story and encounter with Nigeria's secret police, the Department of State Services.
31 Oct 2021
In the space of just a few years, the small Central American nation of Costa Rica has become a global laboratory for decarbonisation. Costa Rica is the world's only tropical country that has managed to reverse the process of deforestation: forests now cover more than half its surface. It’s also one of the few countries to get almost all its electricity (99 percent) from renewable sources. Costa Rica's inspiring and bold example reflects badly on major world powers, which have considerably more resources available to achieve their climate goals. Our regional correspondents Laurence Cuvillier and Matthieu Comin report.
21 Nov 2021
Céline Dion's life, love and power ballads come to the big screen as "Aline" tops the box office here in France. Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why she was charmed and entertained by Valérie Lemercier's take on Quebec's most famous musical export.
2 Dec 2021
Shooting to fame at the height of the Roaring Twenties in Paris, Josephine Baker was a Missouri-born dancer who found her spiritual home in France, far from the racial segregation of her native USA. Yet the early years of her career can make for uncomfortable viewing for a contemporary audience, with Baker seemingly complicit in numerous racist stereotypes. But for Ilana Navaro, director of the film "Josephine Baker: The Story of an Awakening", Baker "took what she had and, later on, turned it into a political tool" – as part of the French Resistance during World War II, and even later as a leading voice in the US civil rights movement.
5 Dec 2021
Chinese real estate giant Evergrande, saddled with around $300 billion in debt, has been struggling to meet interest payments on its loans. If it collapses, some of its partner firms could be driven to bankruptcy, prospective homebuyers could lose deposits and some banks would lend less money, which would lead to a credit crunch in the world's second-biggest economy. Property developers in China have in fact created an oversupply: there is enough empty property in the country to house more than 90 million people. FRANCE 24's team reports.
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Ripple effects of the Saudi-Iran rapprochement relieve some of the tensions of the ongoing war in Yemen. However, the conflicting inter-Yemeni positions remain unresolved and continue to cost lives.
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In tonight's edition: Ethiopia takes Tigray's TPLF party off its terrorism list; Uganda's recent passing of a severe anti-LGBT bill sparks an international backlash; and Libya enjoys a resurgence of boxing.
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Researchers have managed to pull strands of DNA from Beethoven's hair, finding "a strong genetic disposition to liver disease." At the same time, the discovery did not reveal the cause of his debilitating hearing loss.
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Meet Monica Wambui, a trailblazing cyclist who happens to be deaf. Monica has overcome poverty and a lack of appropriate cycling gear to win races. But even training for competitions can sometimes be dangerous!
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The Super Eagles defeated Guinea Bissau 2-0 when both sides last met in January 2022. Can they do it again? Host Ayomide Sotubo and James Agberebi discuss the game and more on this episode of The Nutmeg.