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On release from 17th February

The growing popularity of theatre-to-cinema relays augurs well for this screen adaptation of August Wilson’s 1985 Pulitzer prize-winning play. Denzel Washington directs and stars as Troy Maxson, a black 1950s patriarch working the refuse trucks but haunted still by his near-miss at baseball stardom. Washington and Viola Davis, as his wife Rose, below, reprise their Tony-winning roles from the 2010 Broadway revival. The film may not stretch cinematic form but Director of Photography Charlotte Bruus Christensen finds intimacy and power in domesticity. Not enough people know this play, an African-American counterpart to Death of a Salesman, but that may change as Fences clocks up awards nominations.

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In Prospect’s February issue: Tom Clark and Luke Harding examine the attacks facing democracy. Clark reviews two books on democracy and suggests a new intellectual assault may be on the horizon. Harding looks at Russia’s attempts to derail the democratic process by focussing on its technical frailty. Melissa Deckman asks why women voted for Trump, while Duncan Bell charts the story of the Anglosphere and suggests Brexiteers are indulging in an old fantasy. Also in this issue: Matthew Harries asks if it’s time to ban the nuclear bomb, Adam Mars-Jones looks at the way we perceive aliens in films and Elizabeth Pisani explores the role of activists in changing the perception of Aids and its pushing for treatment.