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A Swann’s (Three-) Way

Exiled in Style

Picasso, Chaplin, Churchill, Woolf—they all came to Villa Mauresque, in Cap Ferrat, W. Somerset Maugham’s well-appointed refuge from England’s sodomy laws

Nick Pinkerton

A fixture of New York’s downtown film scene discusses writing the script for The Sweet East, starring Euphoria heartthrob Jacob Elordi, which premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

A Cavalcade of Depravity

Shakespearean actors, Penthouse Pets, 3,000 Roman costumes, 450 gallons of fake blood, and Gore Vidal. Was Caligula the most ambitious porno ever made—or the raunchiest historical epic?

Graydon Carter takes us inside the Cannes Film Festival

On this week’s podcast, our Co-Editor discusses the festival’s allure and AIR MAIL’s big party at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

Go Figure

The Belgian figurative artist Luc Tuymans, who has a new show at David Zwirner, recalls the moment he decided to start painting again—and why he works so fast

The French Twist

The key to mastering French style: look like you don’t care, even when you do

Eyes on the Ball

Romantic Baroque, Baroque Romance

Seong-Jin Cho’s Handel Project

A Summer Odyssey

Emma Cline has communed with the Manson family and channeled Harvey Weinstein. For her new novel, she infiltrates the Hamptons

Ghostwriters with Benefits

Victoria Beckham’s former ghostwriter on the perilous mistake Prince Harry’s ghostwriter has made: liking his subject too much

Not Your Mother’s Tartuffe

At Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Molière’s masterpiece gets a 21st-century makeover

Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

Talkin’ Like Connie Converse

Murder, They Wrote

This month’s best mystery books put the spotlight on veteran sleuths

Rodney Smith’s Leap of Faith

A new book of nearly 200 images, many never before published, chronicles the photographer’s trajectory from a student of theology at Yale to one of the great artists of our time

Is This the French Riviera’s New Fantasy Island?

On this week’s podcast, Alexander Lobrano reports on what could be the next getaway for the .1 percent

Van Gogh’s Bitter End

Sinqua Walls

For the remake of White Men Can’t Jump, the actor takes on Wesley Snipes’s classic role

All in the Family

The Romanovs author Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses his latest book, a sprawling “family history” of humanity from the Stone Age to the drone age

Hushed Tones

Reality TV Gets a Makeover

The new series Jury Duty, from veteran Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, blurs the line between documentary, sitcom, and Truman Show–esque drama

In the Rehearsal Room

A new play about Richard Burton and Sir John Gielgud offers a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes politics of the theater