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Arts
January 20, 2021
William Cash
With a star-studded new HBO/BBC adaptation of Brideshead Revisited now being cast, William Cash reveals why Evelyn Waugh’s portrayal of a decadent upper-class Catholic family was banned in 1947 by the Hollywood censors
January 18, 2021
Melanie McDonagh
Honest depictions of misdeeds and their repercussions happen so rarely, but the National Gallery got it right, says Melanie McDonagh
January 05, 2021
Paul Fahey
Beth Harmon is profoundly wounded from being rejected by her parents and by others who should have loved and accepted her. The orphaned chess prodigy who is the subject of Netflix’s new original series, The Queen’s Gambit, turns to drugs and alcohol not only to cope, but to play chess and win.
December 27, 2020
Simon Caldwell
"[O]ne of the things I enjoy most in what I do is learning and analysing older traditions and expressing them again." - Daniel Mitsui, artist
December 24, 2020
The Catholic Herald
Chapter House columnists and contributors to this page share their favorite Christmas story, book, movie, or music.
December 08, 2020
David Kilby
The film shares the life of Father Peyton through archival footage and contemporary interviews.
December 07, 2020
Michael Duggan
Seamus Heaney drifted from the Church, but his poetry offers a link to the past
November 15, 2020
Tristram Hunt
The culture of patronage in the arts has been fundamental to the Church
November 07, 2020
Jacob Phillips
The supposedly ‘boring and suburban’ style reflects English self-confidence and a spirit of moderation, argues Jacob Phillips
October 12, 2020
Thomas Hibbs
David Fincher’s The Social Network, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield, turns 10 this autumn. In its focus on the origins of Facebook it seems rather quaint and dated; yet, in its depiction of the new meritocracy and the peculiar character formation of the techie world, it is perhaps more relevant today than
October 07, 2020
Melanie McDonagh
The exhibition explains the Christian concept of sin and salvation to an audience that may never have heard it before
September 29, 2020
Fr Michael Ward
Seventy years ago, in October 1950, a book bearing a curious title was published: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The first of CS Lewis’s seven Chronicles of Narnia, it soon established itself as a classic of children’s fiction and has now sold untold millions around the world in more than 40 languages. In