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Mario Testino’s talent with a camera must be maddening for other photographers working in a highly competitive field, but he remains one of the most revered stars in his profession. Testino has a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. When Testino gets “in your face” he captures you at your best — and that is what makes him the best.

The making of a movie star

CINEMA: Gwyneth Paltrow, Hollywood's hottest young actress, was a media sensation waiting to happen. Dennis Lim reports from New York

All dressed up for the movies

As a wave of costume dramas reaches the big screen, are we about to drown in good taste? John Lyttle asks if oldies are always goldies, while David Benedict provides a dinner-party primer for those who may have lost the plot

Not fabulous as Hollywood steals Lancashire show

Movie row: British actress furious as she loses out to starlet in pounds 3m film

Smouldering behind the lens

Haunted by sexual guilt and self-destructive forces, embarrassed by intellectuals and stunned by beauty, David Lean became a dreamer on an epic scale. Sir David Puttnam (left) reads a definitive and beautifully produced biography of the great British film director

'Seven': a hell of a good film

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REVIEW / Proof that there's no nobility in suffering

'I'VE ALWAYS enjoyed trying to prove people wrong,' said Julia, a little way into True Stories (C 4). Nothing wrong with that, you thought, as a principle by which a disabled person might confront the complacent expectations of society. But should a baby really represent a particularly challenging obstacle in someone's private assault course? Marilyn Gaunt's remarkable film recorded the collision of two sacrosanct liberal orthodoxies - that the disabled should get a fair deal and that young children should be protected. Blind since the age of four and profoundly deaf since 20, Julia was determined to bring up her baby. The real problem was that she wanted to do it on her own.

BEST-SELLERS / Top 10 Penguin Classics

----------------------------------------------------------------- TOP 10 PENGUIN CLASSICS ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 . . . Wuthering Heights 2 . . . Jane Eyre 3 . . . Silas Marner 4 . . . Pride and Prejudice 5 . . . Tess of the D'Urbervilles 6 . . . Great Expectations 7 . . . Emma 8 . . . Far from the Madding Crowd 9 . . . The Picture of Dorian Gray 10 . . . Jude the Obscure ----------------------------------------------------------------- Chart supplied by Penguin Books -----------------------------------------------------------------

Classic Thoughts / All we need to know: Amanda Craig on the satire and humanity of Great Expectations (1861)

I FIRST knew it as a film, and, shamingly, preferred Oliver] Later, Dickens patrolled the high seas of Eng. Lit., all bombast, burlesque and sentiment. Then, quite by chance, I read Great Expectations just after university. It made the hair in my scalp stand up and dance, for until then I had had no model for the kind of novel I most liked, and hoped to write.

DIRECTOR'S CUT / Great Expectations: Joel Schumacher on Great Expectations

I GREW up in a very poor neighbourhood in New York. My father was dead, my mother was out at work all the time and I lived in this movie theatre right near our house. And when I was seven I saw Great Expectations. My father had died when I was four and so I'm sure I was haunted by that. And the opening of Great Expectations shows Pip skipping through a graveyard - which I had just been introduced to because of my father's death - and suddenly the convict who changes his life leaps out at him from behind a tombstone.
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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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