This month China announced the expected coronation of its new President, Xi Jinping. And in and around the corridors of power, rumour has it that the new leadership is turning to an old political text to guide it: Alexis de Tocqueville’s The Old Regime and the Revolution. So what does this book say that has so fascinated Beijing? And can China really hope to implement the ideas of the premier thinker of 19th century liberalism?
Danish film director Thomas Vinterberg was, with Lars von Trier, the founder of the Dogme movement in filmmaking and is the darling of European cinephiles. In his new film, The Hunt, Vinterberg chronicles the chilling story of a teacher falsely accused of abusing a child at a kindergarten. Sarah Dunant reviews the film and discusses its historical and modern-day parallels.
Producer Jennifer Chevalier.
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