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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.

Profile: Nicole Kidman - She's got it all to do

The sassy film actress's move to the stage is just the start;

Theatre: The Kidman and the Hare

The Blue Room Donmar, WC2 Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick Lyttelton, SE1 Antony and Cleopatra Salisbury Playhouse

Theatre: The lust, the leading on, the lure

THE BLUE ROOM DONMAR WAREHOUSE LONDON

Blue play is chic, not shocking

First Night: The Blue Room Donmar Warehouse London

Net gains: Full mental racket

Ever since Steven Spielberg's harrowing Second World War film, Saving Private Ryan, was released in the United States, the online newsgroups have, bizarrely, been buzzing with opinions about how the film compares with, of all things, Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam epic, Full Metal Jacket (right).

Classical music: She's making plans for Stanley

Classical? Pop? Jocelyn Pook's work defies labelling. Which is why Stanley Kubrick signed her for his new film.

His own private idealism

Some will say he's gone commercial, but Gus Van Sant is subverting movies from the inside. James Mottram investigates

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More bangs for your Buck: Edinburgh Festival 97

Buck Henry's script for `The Graduate' captured the spirit of the age. But don't pitch him ideas for a sequel. By Liese Spencer

The bro also rises

interview Joaquin Phoenix: Meet 'Wah-keen', formerly known as Leaf: sibling of River (also of Rain, Summer and Liberty), boyfriend of Liv (Tyler) and 22-year-old upcoming screen god owner of weird name and upcoming screen god

Fashion: The Oscars wore British

This week's ceremony was a triumph for English fashion as well as for an English film. Tamsin Blanchard reports

THE FILM The Portrait of a Lady

overview Jane The Piano Campion directs Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey and Martin Donovan in a

Film: As happy as a hand grenade

To his cult following, Martin Donovan is a bumbling, kooky psychotic. Can his two new films deliver him to a wider audience? By Ryan Gilbey

THE CLASSIC FILM COLLECTION; The Last Seduction: everything that you need to know

Until The Last Seduction was released, film noir hadn't had it so good since the 1940s. The time was ripe for a revival. But why now? Was it latter-day sexual politics and shifts in gender roles which made the figure of the femme fatale so alluring? Had our morals taken such a battering that in turn we were only able to identify with amoral characters up to their thighs in greed and debauchery? Or was it just that it was a long time since a thriller had been quite this nasty, abrasive, intelligent, and - most of all - sexy?
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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

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The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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