Christopher Werth

Immersing Oneself in the Drama

A night out at the opera to see an adaptation of an obscure 17th-century English play may sound like an expensive nap. But what if audience members were handed Venetian masks and invited to wander around the theater as the action unfolded? That's exactly what the London-based theater company Punchdrunk and the English National Opera have done with The Duchess of Malfi, which opened July 13 in an empty office complex outside the city.

Should Libel Laws Apply To the Web?

London is the capital of many things--England, financial services. And slapping people with libel lawsuits. Plaintiffs from around the globe--or "libel tourists"--flock to Britain to take advantage of its pro-litigant libel laws that make suing for defamation nearly a guaranteed win.

Should Libel Laws Apply to the Web?

London is the capital of many things—England, financial services. And slapping people with libel lawsuits. Plaintiffs from around the globe—or "libel tourists"—flock to Britain to take advantage of its pro-litigant libel laws that make suing for defamation nearly a guaranteed win.

'A Prophet' Heralds a New Wave of French Auteurs

Ever since the French new wave of the 1950s and 1960s, few French filmmakers have gone on to find wider international fame. With rare exception—most notably, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 romantic comedy Amélie—French cinema has flourished primarily in France, where it enjoys a robust system of public subsidies and protection from Hollywood imports.Now Jacques Audiard is poised to become the next native director to move into the global spotlight.

The End of Pop Art

Even in those first tumultuous weeks last year when it looked as if the entire global financial system might collapse, art dealers and gallerists from New York to London were stuck in the euphoria of the boom years, convinced that prices for contemporary art could only keep climbing.

Europe Slashes Its Defense Budgets

The global arms race is slowing for only one major contestant, Europe, with potentially long-range implications for its status as a big power. Despite the worldwide recession, global arms sales rose 4 percent last year, with the U.S. and China leading the pack at $607 billion and $85 billion, respectively.

Seeing Britain by Canal Boat

Britain may be an island surrounded by majestic sea-scapes and old, beguiling ports, but its finest waterways actually lie inland. The U.K. has 3,200 kilometers of navigable canals, left over from the 19th century, when it was the industrial manufacturer to the world.

Saving Britain's Titians

Now that the bankers have fled for Dubai, what's the next victim of Britain's credit crisis to face offshoring? An unlikely pick: a pair of Titian canvasses in Edinburgh's National Galleries.

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