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Insults greet Polanski's return to film

THIRTY YEARS after Rosemary's Baby, and the murder of his wife by Charles Manson's gang of satanic hippies, Roman Polanski has made a movie about the devil. The film, La Neuvieme Porte (The Ninth Gate) - Polanski's first work for five years - premiered in France this week to a critical reception ranging from the frostily polite to the insulting.

Love defies analysis, says Woody Allen as he learns to live without his shrink

WOODY ALLEN, the film-maker and comic, now believes that the passion between a man and a woman can be so strong - whatever the circumstances - that it cannot be resisted, or controlled, even with the help of a therapist.

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Listen to the voice of pure evil in the new release of 'The Exorcist'

Theatre: Well, bless my Soul

THE DEAD MONKEY WHITEHALL THEATRE LONDON

Obituary: Maureen O'Sullivan

THE DELICATELY beautiful, Irish-born actress Maureen O'Sullivan will be best remembered for two reasons - her performance as Jane in a string of Tarzan films opposite Johnny Weissmuller, and as the real-life mother of Mia Farrow. She memorably quipped, when told that Frank Sinatra was hoping to marry her daughter, "At his age, he should marry me!"

why are they famous?; Soon-Yi Allen

MAIN CLAIM: Lolita of the 1990s, child-bride player in the most ill-advised mid-life crisis since Humbert Humbert's. Now Mrs Woody Allen, formerly Soon-Yi Previn, adopted daughter of Sir Andre and Mia Farrow, has been enjoying Donatella Versace's latest show with her husband. She was appropriately attired in a short, pleated frock with schoolgirl-style collar, topped with two plaits. Politely referred to as Allen's "young wife", the pigtailed one resembled an enthusiastic sixth-former on a work- experience placement with Help the Aged.

SHOOT THE ACTOR!

You don't have to like Woody the man to like his movies. And his latest, `Deconstructing Harry', is a mighty feat of film-making. It's just a pity that Allen has to star in it as well

HOW WE MET: JOHN TAVENER AND MIA FARROW

The composer John Tavener, 53, started his career as a flamboyant member of the Sixties classical avant-garde, recording on the Beatles' Apple label. In 1977, he joined the Russian Orthodox Church, a move which has deeply influenced his music ever since. He lives in Sussex with his two children and his second wife. The actress Mia Farrow, 52, first became famous in the 1968 film 'Rosemary's Baby'. In 1980, after brief marriages to Frank Sinatra and Andre Previn, she met Woody Allen. They were together for 12 years, but broke up acrimoniously - and famously - when he began a relationship with one of Farrow's adopted daughters, Soon-Yi. Farrow now lives with seven of her children in Connecticut

MAYBE SHE CAN ACT, AFTER ALL

A decade of playing costume-drama ingenues against a backdrop of exquisite Tuscan landscapes turned Helena Bonham Carter into a cinematic cliche. But should we now be taking her more seriously?

WDTT couples

We Do Things Together: Ffion Jenkins and William Hague MP have joined the ranks of partners who fell in love when she was the secretary and he was the boss. But are they a dying breed? By Jojo Moyes

The man who wants you to have a facelift at 30

Zap those wrinkles before they appear, advises Dr Gerald Imber. But will women fall for 'preventive' cosmetic surgery? Report by Hester Lacey

Women and men: can't live with him ...

... can't live without him - or her? Don't despair. You don't have to share a front door to prove you're in love, says Elisabeth Winkler

Woody Allen and his women

There was Diane Keaton. Mia Farrow. Even his forgotten first wife figured in his early work. Now they're gone, where does that leave Woody Allen? By Sheila Johnston
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