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50 years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by an unknown gunman, we look into some of the more outlandish conspiracy theories that have arisen since his death.

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julia harper is pa to sue birtwistle, producer of BBC tv's `wives and daughters' and `pride and prejudice'

Leading article: Brief encounters

WHAT ARE we to make of a country from its choice of favourite films? The British have voted for their top 10 British movies. And it transpires that most of what they like is black-and-white, and made in the immediate post-war period - the top one (The Third Man) has two Americans as its stars, and the second (Brief Encounter) has a married woman doing the decent thing by her spouse.

The Kennedy Crash: Shocked Nation - The most potent name in the US is missing, presumed now lost for ever

LIFE IN the America of politics, money, the media and the baby- boom generation was on indefinite hold yesterday, in anticipation of the truth that no one wanted to accept. The male line of JFK had ended; there would be no JFK III.

Film: Look back in anguish

Nic Roeg's Don't Look Now has become one of the key works of modern British cinema. As the film is re-released on video, the director, now 71, reflects on the connections between his life and his work. By Charlotte O'Sullivan

Year of the comeback: A wiser head behind the face of the 80s: Snooker

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Film: Taking responsibility for the realities of screen violence

As part of the closing weekend of the London Film Festival, the ICA hosted a day-long symposium entitled Violence and the Arts. The aim, writes Chris Darke, was to examine why the artists deal with violent subject matter rather than the effect it has on the audience.

Letter: Damp squib

Damp squib

JFK's trouble with George

John F Kennedy Jr started `George' magazine so that people would take him seriously. But stories of fisticuffs at the office and strife at home have hit him where it hurts. By Daniel Jeffreys

how to become a complete Jane Austen bore

Visit Jane Austen's house in Chawton, near Alton in Hampshire (snappily named Jane Austen's House). It will set you back a mere pounds 2. It was upon moving there in 1811 that she had a novel published - Sense and Sensibility - and it welcomes 25,000 visitors every year. (78,000 were received in 1994 by Dove Cottage in Grasmere, the home of William Wordsworth).

Brief lapse and purging ritual : BOOKS : FICTION

A MAP OF THE WORLD by Jane Hamilton, Doubleday £14.99

The Location Hunters: A look that lingers in the Venice mist: In dark alleys off the Grand Canal, Frank Barrett rediscovers the sinister beauty of Nic Roeg's film, Don't Look Now

The woman in the video shop cast an expert eye over my rentals record card. 'You've got a thing about Don't Look Now. This is the eighth time you've taken it out. You, er . . . um . . . must like it,' she said.

Obituary: Telly Savalas

Aristotle (Telly) Savalas, actor: born Garden City, New York 21 January 1924; married Katharine Nicolaides (one daughter), 1960 Marilynn Gardner (two daughters), 1974 Sally Adams (one son), 1984 Julie Howland (one son, one daughter); died Los Angeles 22 January 1994.

A dip in the porn channel

MY CAREER as a merchant of pornography was brief, but satisfying and lucrative. When I was in the first year at secondary school, it was my incredible good fortune to find, in the alley where we used to smoke and train-spot, the instruction slip that comes with a packet of Durex; I knew immediately that what I had was worth something, and so it proved. For two days or so, there was a queue of boys at my desk before registration and at break-time clamouring to read the astonishingly frank advice: 'Unroll over erect penis. Put the condom on before there is any contact between penis and vagina.' Erect] Penis] Vagina] Contact] Between] These instructions were so hot that even the prepositions smouldered] My class-mates (and then year-mates, and then school-mates, as word spread) goggled, and giggled, and gasped, and shook their heads at the sheer . . . filth of the document; in our moral universe, the soppy naturist magazine Health and Efficiency was as disgusting as it had previously ever got. I didn't charge people for a look, but in the end I sold the thing outright (for much more, somebody told me, than the price of a three-pack), and in any case you couldn't put a value on the respect and esteem that was temporarily mine.
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