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The bitterly contested bill to criminalise prostitutes’ clients is heading for legislative limbo

French vote for `ideal' woman as a symbol of the Republic

HOW SHOULD Marianne, the earnest young woman who symbolises the French Republic, appear in the 21st century? Should she look like a pop- singer or a game-show host? An actress or a television journalist?

Film: Proust: time-waster?

Trying to film Marcel Proust's `A la recherche du temps perdu' has tied many a great director in knots. What is it about this masterpiece that resists adaptation?

My heaven may be your tourist trap

The Man Who Pays His Way

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Cinema - Cannes Diary: Just don't mention `Star Wars', please

The question worrying showbiz reporters was: where are the big Hollywood blockbusters - and more especially, where is George Lucas's Star Wars prequel? The American studios have been increasingly rejecting the Croisette as a place to launch their summer movies. Not that most of us here have lost much sleep over the matter. The last thing we want is more movie-nuts camping out on the teeming pavement outside the Palais. There are enough funny-looking aliens, most of them from LA, propping up the bars of the local cantinas.

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century: 12 - Luis Bunuel, Film Director

IT ISN'T every internationally renowned film director who has the formula for the perfect dry Martini. Luis Bunuel not only knew the secret, but spent a good portion of his gloriously discursive autobiography My Last Breath, published shortly before his death in 1983, imparting it.

Film: Angel eyes, scrubbed face, itchy armpit

Elodie Bouchez: more than a French sex kitten.

Paris stars as film makers flock to France

THE CITY of light has been transformed this summer into the city of "lights, cameras, action". On each day of last month, more than 15 different movies - French cinema and TV movies, German movies, American movies - were being shot in various parts of Paris.

Cinema: Just 25, and he's reinvented Britfilm

ORSON WELLES was 26 when he made Citizen Kane, and he was never on the dole in Nottinghamshire. Shane Meadows, the young director of TwentyFourSeven (15) is 25, and began writing, directing and producing video shorts four years ago, using borrowed equipment, and videotape bought with the remains of his Income Support. This week, his first feature premieres in Nottingham and London. Now that's what I call Welfare to Work.

Film: The darkness beneath Deneuve's Gallic charm

Chris Darke meets a French screen legend and ends up discussing sex, brutal cops, and self mutilation over tea

Preview: Watch Catherine Deneuve

The Institut francais has scored a huge success in persuading film icon Catherine Deneuve to open its newly-named cinema, Cine Lumiere on 19 March. Fittingly, the occasion will also feature the UK premiere of Deneuve's most recent film Les Voleurs by Andre Techine and the launch of the cinema's Catherine Deneuve Season, which spans 32 years and 17 films (Je Vous Aime pictured below).

Gay and lesbian meet on queer celluloid

Now in its 12th year, the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is getting larger and pinker. From Thursday until 26 March at the National Film Theatre there's a feast of more than 180 screenings that takes in features, documentaries and shorts from around the world.

Wide Angle: The celluloid closet

Something queer's happening at the National Film Theatre.

Interview: David Bailey: The man who framed the Sixties

As a `Vintage' David Bailey exhibition opens in London, Richard D North focuses on the man and his images
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