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Film: Two into one will go - spookily

Twins. They're weird, mixed up and look similar. Let's make a movie!

Lovers and publishers all agree: sighs matter

Casanova or The Art of Happiness by Lydia Flem, Allen Lane pounds 9.99

Tuesday books: Two lives of the greatest lover

CASANOVA, OR THE ART OF HAPPINESS BY LYDIA FLEM, PENGUIN, pounds 12.99 CASANOVA BY ANDREW MILLER, SCEPTRE, pounds 14.99

Cinema: Ho Hum, Lo'll make you glum

SO MUCH foaming-mouthed rubbish has been written about Adrian Lyne's Lolita (18) that it's hard to see it as a film, and not a moral test for the viewer. The truth is, Lyne has gone to great lengths to turn Nabokov's blistering black comedy into a sober, efficient, rather wistful literary adaptation. OK, so he's not Atom Egoyan. But he's not Ken Russell, either. Don't expect to see Jeremy Irons dribbling on his flasher mac as he sings "Thank Heaven for Little Girls". If you want better evidence for Lyne's depravity, look to 91/2 Weeks or Fatal Attraction.

Film: Playing with the devil within

As Humbert Humbert, Jeremy Irons once again portrays a 'damaged' person. Nick Hasted meets an actor used to playing misfits

Lolita: should this film be banned?

Art or pornography? The debate continues as a new 'Lolita' prepares to hit the big screen. Paul Vallely reports

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Film: Not in front of the adults

Is it just me asks Pete Stanton or is sex a cringe-making no-go subject for everyone as soon as the parents are around?

Arts: Bohemians revisited

Huge, melancholy, unfilmable: that's Anthony Powell's 'A Dance to the Music of Time'. Only, it starts on the box this week. David Runciman reports

Budget `97: Who is the man in the iron mask?

Dour child of the manse, Casanova, party in-fighter ... John Rentoul searches for the real Gordon Brown

Jeremy Irons tells of battle to avoid crash

Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning actor, described yesterday how he fought to avoid a car crash which led to a pensioner's death.

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS? NO 14: JEREMY IRONS

Main Claim: Jeremy is an ac-tor. The Laurence Olivier de nos jours.

Kissing love goodbye

Lucasta Miller enjoys a sentimental education; Zoe Trope by Amanda Prantera, Bloomsbury, pounds 14.99

Cars, death, sex

David Cronenberg has been feeding our nightmares for two decades. So what is it about his latest film, 'Crash', that we need to be protected from? Ryan Gilbey gets close to the heart of darkness

Jeremy Irons involved in two road accidents in a week

Film star Jeremy Irons was recovering last night after being involved in two road accidents in a week. His car was involved in a crash with another vehicle in a country road near his home in Oxfordshire. Police said it was only because he was in a left-hand-drive car that he had avoided serious injury. The 80-year-old driver of the other car was in intensive care following surgery.
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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