1940s Cinema

The top 20 film noirs

Rain-streaked streets, femmes fatales, hard-boiled gumshoes and antiheroes fated to die... Graeme Ross presents his pick of the 20 greatest film noirs of the classic era


Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London

Paul Sirret has a long creative association with the Theatre Royal Stratford East where his works include the Olivier-nominated Ska musical The Big Life. This, though, is his first ever pantomime, a tricky mixed form that can defeat even the most seasoned scribe, and he rises to the challenge with a show that's a lovely, warm and very funny blend of traditional elements and quirky original twists.

Do flight prices rise with the duration of a trip? Plus: taking

Q. Why is it, if you book a one-week flight, the fare is a certain amount; if you book the same departure date but for two weeks' duration, the price goes up £20 or £30; if you book again the same departure date but for three weeks, the price increases by almost £100? I am looking at flights from Birmingham to Chania on Monarch. Do the airlines think that if you can afford a three-week holiday, you can afford to pay more for your flights? David Bailey

Hollywood screen siren Jane Russell dies

Jane Russell, the busty brunette who shot to fame as the sexy star of Howard Hughes' 1941 Western The Outlaw, has died of respiratory failure, her family said today.

Siobhan Davies Dance, South London Gallery/Siobhan Davies Studios,

ROTOR, the latest project from choreographer Siobhan Davies, uses dance as a prompt for other artists. Davies has commissioned a range of works, from performance pieces to sculptures, all drawing on her latest dance work. I liked Sam Collins's video installation, and wanted to steal Ben Tyers's gorgeous sculpture, but most of these works are lightweight.

Sibling rivalry: Hollywood's oldest feud

Screen legends Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine have always had one problem: each other. Now in their nineties, the antagonism goes on. Rupert Cornwell reports