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The Barbican cinema, which has established a niche for itself as an alternative NFT for people who can't organise membership cards, launches a season of World Cinema, Beyond Hollywood, in conjunction with London News 97.3FM, today. First up, at 6.30pm tonight, is Claude Chabrol's La Femme Infidele, a fabulous black comedy of murder and cover-up. This is a new 35mm print, which will no doubt satisfy London's movie anoraks. Fortunately, it's also repeated on Saturday (8.40pm), Monday (2.30pm) and Thursday (8.40pm), so no-one will get killed in the rush. Also tonight (8.40pm), Cyrano de Bergerac, in which Gerard Depardieu shed his hump to prove he could handle any prosthesis in the name of art.

Saturday sees Spirit of the Beehive (2pm), the Spanish yarn of a pair of children obsessed with Frankenstein, Jacques Tati's ever popular vacational pratfalls M Hulot's Holiday (4.25pm) and Guillermo del Toro's Cronos (6.30pm). The Seven Samurai (2pm), Kurosawa's stylised warlord epic, To Live (6pm), another devastating slice of China from anti-establishment director Zhang Yimon, and Kryzsztof Kieslowski's Three Colours: Red (8.30pm) complete the weekend. Bank holiday allows the Americans a look-in: Jim Jarmusch's occasionally-brilliant string of cab rides Life on Earth (right) (6pm) and a special preview of David O Russell's Spanking the Monkey (8.40pm), hot tip for this year's Best Title Oscar.

Later: Ai no Borei's Empire of Passion, Pedro Almodovar's Matador, the amazing Bicycle Thieves, Nanni Moretti's Dear Diary and Jean Renoir's epic of sex and steam trains, La Bete Humaine.

Barbican Cinema, EC2 (0171-638 8891)pounds 6 (pounds 4 concs); pounds 3 Mon

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