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Valentine's Day at the movies

Whether writhing with Valentine's fever or suffering from love- sick blues, a galaxy of films being screened tomorrow are guaranteed to pander to your romantic needs. The NFT is showing classic weepies Brief Encounter (4pm) and Casablanca (6.30pm), juxtaposed with the sexually dynamic Bound (8.30pm). Cheaper thrills (pounds 2.50 a seat) await visitors to the Prince Charles cinema, which offers a triple bill featuring quirky romantic comedy Some Like It Hot (12.10pm), big brother Fiennes' The English Patient (2.30pm), and a double fix for Leonardo addicts with the star-crossed lovers of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (5.35pm, above) and Titanic (7.55pm). For singles hoping to escape from the day's worst excesses, Riverside Studios celebrates macabre romance with films including Brighton Rock (2pm) and Delicatessen (6pm).

Travel: Bothered and bewitched in Morocco

Women can brush off the macho hustlers in the souks by applying a few basic rules, writes Elizabeth Heathcote

Books: Every day when I shoot up, I thank the Lord I'm Welsh

Five Pubs, Two Bars and a Nightclub

Events: Collectors' Film Convention

Westminster Central Hall, London SW1

Film: Play for yesterday


The week in radio: Listen to the voices, and spring will surely come

As if astonished and thrilled to see you; as if you were the one person in all the world he'd been daring to hope might stroll into his basement club, just before it closes; as if now, the elderly jazz-men will raise their tortoise eyes, smile a sleepy smile and play your Jazz Record Requests just one more time, Sam, like they used to in old Casablanca, Geoffrey Smith says "Hullo!" It gets me every time.

Books: Spoken Word for Xmas

Browsing in a bookshop is one of the best ways of solving tricky present problems, and now that most good bookshops have substantial offerings on audio Santa's life is even easier. Starting with the smalls, Babe in the City (HarperCollins, pounds 6.99), Dick King-Smith's sequel to the hugely enjoyable Babe will be a treat - and prepare them for the film. For slightly older children (and their parents), Martin Clunes reading Jeremy Strong's The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog (Penguin, pounds 7.99) will go down well. A Christmas must is Alan Bennett's placidly commonsensical reading of J M Barrie's Peter Pan (BBC, pounds 8.99) his calm makes the matter-of-fact magic of the tale the more absurdly real. And look out for Ivory Shell's series of highly collectable classic children's stories from countries all round the world, available either in ordinary pictorial plastic cases or very attractive gold-lettered gift boxes, both at pounds 6.99. I especially enjoyed the Egyptian and Aboriginal Tales.

Net Gains: Classic films

It's a scary Internet out there. Until now, that is. Over the coming weeks, we'll be arming you with a guide to the best the Net has to offer. The web, for example, has transformed every film buff's computer into celluloid heaven. If you know where to look, you'll find everything from Groucho Marx's greatest one-liners to the bone-chilling rattle of machine- gun fire in prohibition Chicago. As they say, here's looking at you...


`The most frightening film ever' is re-released next week. What turned an everyday tale of demonic possession into a classic? Ask its director William Friedkin

Of all the lousy sequels in all the world...

YOU MUST remember this ... Rick Blaine, the Humphrey Bogart character from Casablanca, was once a small-time Jewish gangster in East Harlem, who had an affair with a senator's wife and ran off with his boss's fortune. As for his lost love, Ilse Lund, she went to Prague with her husband, Viktor Laszlo, to plot the assassination of the Nazi Reinhard Heydrich.

Obituary: Leonid Kinskey

ONE OF Hollywood's most distinctive character actors, often known as "The Mad Russian", Leonid Kinskey was a lanky, shock-haired eccentric with a wrinkled brow and wide grin who specialised in comic continentals with fractured English and manic enthusiasm. Among his most memorable portrayals were the barman who effusively kisses Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, the gigolo who takes Betty Grable on the town in Down Argentine Way and one of the unworldly professors in Ball of Fire. Occasionally he would be cast in less genial roles, and was chillingly effective as the oily informer in Algiers and a snivelling coward in So Ends Our Night.

How to write a movie

He can boast 17 Oscars and 91 Emmys, but Robert McKee didn't win them himself: his students did. Beverley D'Silva went to his scriptwriting seminar, and got some extra tips in the fag break

Obituary: John Looms

JOHN LOOMS was a leading authority on high-voltage electricity transmission and insulators who pioneered "live" working on high-voltage lines and invented vandal-proof insulators for them.

Has Hollywood forgotten the art of making magic on the silver screen?

A SURVEY of the nation's young people asking them to name their top five films has yielded surprising results.

Lewis teams up with Warner deal

Billionaire's son will open chain of themed movie restaurants
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

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