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Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep, 1946 The criminal neglect of detective fiction

Why does the academy treat the genre so disrespectfully? Richard Bradford investigates

Film review: Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Murderous deeds in Islam’s name cannot exterminate love and courage in this moving Mali-set drama inspired by real events, writes Duncan Wu

‘Everything in the world is about sex’

Twenty-five years after its publication, Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae is still an energising ‘cultural bible’

A Fuller Life: The Story of a True American Maverick

His daughter’s documentary shows why Samuel Fuller’s brash movies made him a ‘poet of the American idiom’ and a cult hero in France

Gladstone’s Library: a retreat for readers and writers

The vibrant residential library founded on the bequest of the former prime minister can be both productive and restorative, finds Emma Rees

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, by Caryl Churchill

A staging of the 1647 Putney Debates poses inconvenient questions about political means and ends, says Liz Schafer

The seldom seen world of women without men

Films about female kinship and community are rare, precious exceptions to cinema’s enduring focus on groups of men, says Davina Quinlivan

Perhaps I’ll draw and you complete the story...

Anthony Trollope’s style is characterised by equivocation. How could Simon Grennan replicate this visually in a graphic novel adaptation?

Film

Film review: Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Murderous deeds in Islam’s name cannot exterminate love and courage in this moving Mali-set drama inspired by real events, writes Duncan Wu

Television

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Roger Michell faced ethical as well as artistic issues in dramatising the vilification of an innocent eccentric questioned over a murder, he tells Richard Howells

Exhibitions

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Days of Judgement, Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill

An extraordinary juxtaposition of Gothic folly and fantastical sculpture has created a show to fire the imagination, says Matthew Reisz

Woman on crutches being escorted up staircase V&A does the hot shoe shuffle

While there is plenty to admire in the museum’s well-heeled spectacle, Shahidha Bari finds it strangely devoid of historical, social and cultural context

Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray

An exhibition of Georgian satirical prints is a timely study of the medium’s enduring power, finds Alexander Massouras

Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint

An artist often portrayed as an orthodox portraitist is depicted as having an ‘unquenchable thirst’ for innovation and experiment, finds Shahidha Bari

Potential Architecture: Ambika P3, London

Bold new works exemplify the ethos of a university’s unique underground experimental exhibition space

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection, London

The pioneers who examined human sexual desire took personal risks to uncover the realities of sex, this exhibition shows. Fern Riddell writes

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 at Tate Modern, London

The German artist critiqued Western ideals with humour and a sharp eye for their subjective nature, says Eliane Glaser

Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy: cataclysmic, transformational, stupendous

Alex Danchev on the artist’s extraordinary and formidable work

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Days of Judgement, Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill

Laura Ford at Strawberry Hill

An extraordinary juxtaposition of Gothic folly and fantastical sculpture has created a show to fire the imagination, says Matthew Reisz

Woman on crutches being escorted up staircase

V&A does the hot shoe shuffle

While there is plenty to admire in the museum’s well-heeled spectacle, Shahidha Bari finds it strangely devoid of historical, social and cultural context

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