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CINEMA : Margot: a royal in search of a roll

WITH delicious irony, the great dissection of British monarchy turns out to be French. La Reine Margot (18) is too stately and subtle to be taken as a broadside at our royals, but the House of Windsor must feel some rumbles from its mighty impact . The events are set in 16th-century France, and they show our current royal crop to be mere amateurs in matters of regal decline and decadence. The marriage of religious convenience between the Catholic Margot (Isabelle Adjani) and the Protestant Henri de Navarre (Daniel Auteuil) is, Prince Charles-style, loveless, but also avowedly sexless. When Margot fancies a fling with a commoner (Vincent Perez's La Mole), mere toe-sucking is not enough: she mounts him against the castle wall in full public view.

FILM / Look who's acting: Staying Alive was dire. Perfect was anything but. Now, courtesy of Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Travolta is back. By Jim White

Unexpectedly, the scene in Quentin Tarantino's astonishing film Pulp Fiction that astonishes more than any other is not decorated in torn body parts, dripping in ketchup or draped in a thick fog of expletives. It is the one where a low-rent LA gangster's moll has been taken out for the night by a heroin-sodden hit-man employee of her boyfriend's. The pair pitch up at a theme restaurant, where all the staff are lookalikes for dead stars: there, waiting tables, are a Marilyn, a Buddy Holly, a James Dean.

Heart Searching: Just blame it on the boogie: Struck by a bad case of Saturday night fever, Lyndsay Russell pulled on her cheesecloth blouse and platform shoes and tottered down to the Carwash

Let's get up and boogie,' said Suzy, tying her silk batik blouse high above her midriff. We were hanging out in London's West End, about to hit the Carwash - a 1970's theme night frequented by Soho's cognoscenti.

FILM / They don't make them like they used to: The teenager in Richard Linklater's forthcoming movie is Dazed and Confused, every bit as world-weary as the Slacker of Generation X. Time was when the teenager was a world- beating rebel, striking a pose and strutting his stuff. So what happened? By John Lyttle

Being a movie teenager used to be a gas. Okay, you learnt a dull lesson or got tamed in the final reel - if you didn't you usually croaked either hot-rodding or rumbling or were branded a genuine juvenile delinquent and hauled away by Officer Krupke - but before you bowed to the inevitable dictates of Hollywood morality you had fun. You terrorised entire towns (The Wild One), gave the campus cuties hickies they'd never forget (I Was a Teenage Werewolf), beat up the new supply teacher (The Blackboard Jungle) and, best of all, made Mom and Pop feel really guilty for not attending to your bottomless emotional needs every minute of the day (Rebel Without a Cause).

Back on Earth - as it might be in Heaven

IN THE last 30 years, Michael Powell has gone from ostracism to apotheosis, from rejection as a pornographer (the first critical consensus on his 1960

Look Who's Talking: If I were a rags-to-riches man: Topol

I'VE ALWAYS called myself Chaim Topol, but my stage name became just Topol 30 years ago when I first came to Britain to sing in Fiddler on the Roof. It was difficult for the producers to call me Chaim (pronounced Hame) - they called me Chame or Chime - and asked if I'd mind dropping it. I didn't.

In Thing: Farah trousers

Last seen on mods with Ben Sherman shirts to match, John Travolta in

Health Update: Saturday night fever affects teenage ears

DISCOS abroad may be the high point of the holiday for some, but the loud music can leave young people with tinnitus, or constant ringing in the ears, warns the British Tinnitus Association. Many sufferers are teenagers who have been listening to music which is too loud for the human ear to stand, it reports. Disco music can reach 115 decibels or more; the association says 80 decibels is the safe limit.

Slave to the rhythm: Scared to boogie in public? Wish you were John Travolta? Lose your inhibitions with Mike Gabriel, dance guru. Harriet Green did

Mike Gabriel has a mission: to coax 'closet bedroom dancers' on to the dance floor and help them to let themselves go. In the last three years, his dancing workshops have turned countless reluctant shufflers into boogie experts.

FILM / Now is the winter of their discontent: Grumpy Old Men (12); The Adventures of Huck Finn (PG); Josh and SAM (12); Rookie of the Year (PG): A Business Affair (15); Look Who's Talking Now (12)

SEPTUAGENARIAN storming of the box-office is rare enough for us to raise a cheer even before Grumpy Old Men (12) starts. Starring Walter Matthau (73) and Jack Lemmon (a spring chicken of 69), it took dollars 70m in the US - a considerable feat in the culture of Culkin. But watching the film you understand why, since it too is about childhood - second childhood, and the infantilism of old age. Lemmon and Matthau play two miserable old codgers, neighbours in the Minnesota snow, who scrap and snarl in dependent enmity, with practical jokes and sour tirades. When Ann-Margret's merry widow moves in nearby, and improbably starts to flirt with the duo, she warms the frozen wasteland and stokes up the fires of jealousy.

Wrap it up, we'll take it: Cannes is over; the releases are just beginning. Sheila Johnston on the films British viewers will get to see

So the Cannes blitz has finished, but the fall-out over the British movie scene is just beginning. For readers thoroughly fed- up of reading raves of films they can't see, we proudly present our cut-out-and-keep guide to those Croisette hits which will eventually filter through to Britain. Our pre-festival prediction that a US independent film would win the Golden Palm duly came to pass when Quentin Tarantino's dark, comic gangster drama Pulp Fiction took the top prize: there are plans to release it in October.

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Struck by the jitterbug: Fancy an evening with a difference? If you like dancing, but hate night-clubs, then Le Roc is the place for you. Lyndsay Russell gets down in south London

A skinny man with balding hair and baggy trousers asked: 'Would you like to dance?' Confidently, he held out his hand to a gorgeous brunette. She was flattered and thrilled.
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