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'Harry Potter' actor Robert Hardy dies aged 91

3 August 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

He also starred in All Creatures Great And Small and Sense And Sensibility.

Actor Robert Hardy, best known for his roles in All Creatures Great And Small and Harry Potter, has died aged 91.

His family said Hardy had a “tremendous life” and “a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years”, according to the BBC.

Hardy played senior vet Siegfried Farnon in hit BBC series All Creatures Great And Small from 1978-1990.

He also found a new generation of fans when he was cast as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter franchise.

Hardy had roles in Little Dorrit (2008), Middlemarch (1994), Sense And Sensibility (1995) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965).

He played Winston Churchill several times, most famously in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), for which he won a Bafta, but also in Bomber Harris (1989) and War And Remembrance (1988) and an episode of Agatha Christie’s Marple (2006). »

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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City review – New York's urban planning war retold

4 May 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The radical activist Jane Jacobs makes a compelling subject for this documentary, which details her struggle with despotic planner Robert Moses

New York’s dissident urban theorist Jane Jacobs is the subject of this bracing, invigorating documentary. Yet it has no very reassuring message for the future, or for what can be done to keep her message alive. After the war, New York City’s urban planning became the province of just one man, Robert Moses, a conceited wheeler-dealer who secured federal funds for his grand designs and became more important than any elected official. He was what this film calls a “super block modernist”, dropping his great rectilinear urban-renewal designs from above like some fusion of Le Corbusier and Bomber Harris. Moses wiped away slum tenements wholesale and replaced them with grim, soulless and cheaply made projects which became the nurseries of crime. He was also an enthusiast for »

- Peter Bradshaw

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