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Buster Keaton wasn’t just a born star – he was a revolutionary film-maker

Last night's viewing - The Face, Sky Living; Porn on the Brain Channel 4

If there was a "miaow!" button on my keyboard, I'd have worn it out on Sky Living's new modelling talent show. With Naomi Campbell on the judging panel, it could never be less than diva-licious, but The Face set itself apart from America's Next Top Model and even the superb RuPaul's Drag Race with an extra 20 per cent added bitchy. You see, it wasn't just the contestants in competition last night, it was the judges too.

Mike Winters: Comedian who forged a popular but troubled double act with his brother Bernie

Although always in the shadow of the great Morecambe and Wise, Mike and Bernie Winters were British television's other popular comedy duo during the Golden Age of Television. Mike was straight man to the gormless twit played by Bernie, who wore a bowler hat, pulled a toothy grin, grabbed his elder brother's cheek and called him "choochy face". The pair's boisterous, unsubtle, knockabout humour and music-hall crosstalk kept them at the top for 15 years and the professional partnership ended only when brotherly acrimony resulted in their splitting up.

34. Matt Lucas; Comedian and actor

Pompidou: BBC backs Matt Lucas' 'original and ambitious' silent comedy

Comic Matt Lucas is to star in a silent comedy-style show for BBC1 - his first new character series without sidekick David Walliams.

Rod Stewart, rock’s great lothario

Page 3 Profile: Rod Stewart, rock’s great lothario

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Lighting up the screen: Greta Garbo and John Gilbert fall for one another in ‘Flesh and
the Devil’.

The 10 best silent films

Classics that should be seen and not heard

Frederica Sagor Maas: Screenwriter who spanned the silent era and film's golden age

Frederica Sagor Maas went to Hollywood in her early 20s determined to be a writer.

Enough said: Asa Butterfield plays an orphan waif in Thirties Paris in this flawed homage to the silent era

Hugo 3D, Martin Scorsese, 127 mins (U)

Uncle Marty seems to have little clue how to amuse kids in a film supposedly made for them

Charlie Chaplin's golden notes

What better film to celebrate the season with than Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush, particularly when it comes with orchestral accompaniment and Carl Davis?

100 years of movies: Before 'talkies'

For the first two decades, the stars of the screen were mostly seen, not heard. But they were no less dazzling for that, says Geoffrey Macnab

Legally Blonde, The Musical, Savoy, London<br/>Trilogy, BAC, London <br/>Greta Garbo Came to Donegal, Tricycle, London

Adolescent girls are lapping up the latest Hollywood-to-West End hit, but is their bimbo heroine such a great role model?

Greta Garbo Came to Donegal, Tricycle Theatre, London

Frank McGuinness's emotionally rich and highly enjoyable new play has a Chekhovian structure. As in Uncle Vanya, an outsider descends on a provincial community, throws the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons and then departs, having caused changes for good and ill. McGuinness is not the first Irish writer to work humane and tragicomic variations on this formula. The unique selling point of his new play, which is premiered in Nicolas Kent's atmospheric and beautifully acted and designed production at the Tricycle, is a fresh sexual and cultural twist.

Silent Comedy, By Paul Merton

A master of verbal humour obsessed with the comic constructions of the silent era, Paul Merton celebrates the gags of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd with expert insight and a fan's enthusiasm.

Chaplin: The Tramp's Odyssey, By Simon Louvish

"Why another book?" asks Simon Louvish, at the beginning of this dense tome. It's more than 30 years since Charles Chaplin died, there's no anniversary in the offing, and there are lots of books about him, as the bibliography at the back of this one confirms. Louvish's sources are mainly secondary and he makes no boasts about new revelations. Yet it's a mark of his rich scholarship (and the richness of his subject) that you finish this book feeling glad he wrote it, rather than wondering why he did.

Leading article: Comic timing

The French do things differently from us in the Anglo-Saxon world. And comedy is no exception. The cinematic work of Jacques Tati has been likened to that of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, even Rowan Atkinson, whose Mr Bean recalls many of Tati's mannerisms.

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