Any family is a tapestry: woven into its history are flaws, tragedies and adventures, glittering fictions and jokes enlivening the solid texture of fact and the rips and darns of wider historic events. Family stories are worth telling, and this one is fascinatingly put together by Michael Haag. For few families present such an entertaining patchwork tale as the Durrells, three of whose members were writers.
When in Rome do as Hollywood stars did! How a city ravaged by war was given the kiss of life by the sexiest, most glamorous sirens of the silver screen
In the post-war period, dozens of spectacular American film productions were based at the Cinecitta complex built by Mussolini on the outskirts of Rome. Hollywood companies were drawn to the Eternal City by the low cost of Italian labour and the high quality of their craftsmanship, the skill of the technicians and costume-makers and the genius of the sculptors and set decorators. The story of the Italian capital's cinema scene is told in Dolce Vita Confidential By Shawn Levy.(bottom left)