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Michael Pennington, The Last of the Unjust, Minimalist Music

January 8th, 2015

Episode 714 of 1333 episodes

Michael Pennington, best known as a stage actor and co-founder of the English Shakespeare Company, discusses his new book Let Me Play the Lion Too: How to be an Actor. As part of the research for his 1985 landmark documentary about the Holocaust, Shoah, director Claude Lanzmann interviewed Benjamin Murmelstein, the president of the Jewish Council who ran the "model ghetto" of Theresienstadt under the Nazis. Lanzmann has turned the previously unseen footage into The Last of the Unjust, a new documentary about Murmelstein and the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Anne Karpf reviews. Minimalism was a musical movement born in the Sixties which was an ear-catching, pulsing reaction to the atonality of previous decades, associated with Philip Glass and Britain's Michael Nyman. The composers Stephen Montague and Scanner are taking part in a series of events: Minimalism Unwrapped. They explain the movement's key features. In the fourth of Front Row's reflections on January, the Royal Academy's Director of Artistic Programmes Tim Marlow discusses a painting that encapsulates this dark time of year. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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