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TO BE remembered solely as the director of The Mousetrap might seem a humiliating destiny for a man of Peter Cotes's wide-ranging and often courageous talent. He gave theatre-goers some of the most remarkable nights of their life, especially when his wife the actress Joan Miller played the lead or one of his favourite actors, Wilfrid Lawson, played Strindberg's The Father.

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Cinema: Welcome to the killing zone

After the moronic inferno of GI Jane, Michael Winterbottom's Welcome to Sarajevo (18) feels like the cavalry arriving. Based on the experiences of Michael Nicholson, the ITN journalist who adopted a child refugee of the Bosnian war, it's the first English-language film treatment of the conflict, and for the most part it answers its responsibilities with intelligence and subtlety.

WIDE ANGLE: Flirting with disaster

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Censor fails to make young star's day

Eleven-year-old Mischa Barton is the youngest star at this year's London Film Festival, but the British child actress has been deemed too young to see the film premiere tonight. The film's producer Duncan Kenworthy, who also produced Four Weddings And A Funeral, has pleaded unsuccessfully for an exception to be made in Mischa's case. But he has been told there can be no exceptions as the film, Lawn Dogs, has a 15 certificate.

THEATRE / Love among the ruins: Paul Taylor on family horrors in Joseph Pintauro's Snow Orchard at the Gate, Notting Hill

TRUE, it lets you know that there's a symbol in the offing, but in most other respects, Snow Orchid, the demure, self-consciously poetic title of Joseph Pintauro's play, scarcely prepares you for the overwhelming display of primal confrontations, spilled guts and emotional wound-openings the evening goes on to afford. Downers in the Rigatoni might be truer to the feel of the piece, which shows the seismic upheavals that occur within an Italian-American family when Rocco, the father (Roger Lloyd Pack), returns home after two years in a lunatic asylum.

BOOK REVIEW / Napoleon of Notting Hill: 'Jerusalem Commands' - Michael Moorcock: Cape, 15.99

IT IS eight years since the preceding volume in this planned tetralogy appeared, and we begin exactly where the last one ended, with Colonel Pyat, or Pyatnitsky, or Peters, flying to New York to meet his fiancee in a DH4 stuffed full of liquor. (The 18th Amendment was in force at the time.)
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