THE GUILLOTINE; No 30: A E HOUSMAN

Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last

How we met: Jonathan Co; & Shirley Eaton

Jonathan Coe was born in Bromsgrove, near Birmingham, in 1961. He published his first novel in 1987 and has since written four more, including `The Dwarves of Death', which is being made into a film, and `What A Carve Up!', which was inspired by the film starring Shirley Eaton. He lives in south-west London with his wife, Janine, and their two-year-old daughter, Matilda

Film Double Bill: John Fortenbury

JOHN FORTENBURY, DIRECTOR OF `A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY', NOW ON RELEASE, ON HIS IDEAL CINEMATIC PAIRING

Real Style: Play crazy for me

Forget youth and beauty - the secret of winning that Oscar is a disability that tugs on the heartstrings, says STUART HUSBAND

Obituary: Stanley Kubrick

AS A film director, Stanley Kubrick was an obsessed perfectionist. He became a very mysterious personality, for he refused to give interviews. He kept out of the idiotic showbiz limelight, so his character was not diluted by over-exposure in the media. He preserved unusual artistic integrity, though he was not above sowing false trails in his personal and professional life.

Last autocrat of the movies leaves a rich legacy from his obsessive odyssey with a rich legacy of masterpieces

STANLEY KUBRICK'S biographer Michael Ciment called him "one of the most demanding, most original and most visionary film-makers of our time". The only superlative he omitted was, the most reclusive.

Double Bill

DAVID KANE, DIRECTOR OF `THIS YEAR'S LOVE', CURRENTLY ON RELEASE, ON HIS IDEAL CINEMATIC PAIRING

Hollywood is providing the lines but not the substance

WARREN BEATTY'S new satirical comedy about American political life, Bulworth, begins with a scene in which a senator listens to his campaigncommercials, all of which begin with the same vacuous invocation of moment. "We stand at the doorstep of a new millennium," he declares, before identifying the native virtues of the American people: instinctively hostile to welfare handouts, naturally enterprising and self-reliant.

The mad professor takes off his gloves

TWO CULTURES; Film producers love the idea of scientists, but usually have portrayed them as mad or fiendish. Until now.

Football: Fan's eye view Chelsea: Managers taking note not to lose their heads

NOWADAYS THERE is no saying where England players will place their hard-earned caps because, according to Glenn Hoddle, they might either have "their winning heads on", "their aggressive heads on" or "their sensible heads on". Sometimes, they have nothing above their shoulders at all, which is probably why Graham Taylor once referred to them as "headless chickens". That is what being the England manager does to a man's grasp of anatomy.

Obituary: Robert Wells

"CHESTNUTS ROASTING on an open fire / Jack Frost nipping at your nose / Yuletide carols being sung by a choir / And folks dressed up like Eskimos." Mel Torme found those four lines pencilled on a writing pad when he dropped into the San Fernando Valley home of his friend and songwriting partner Robert Wells one torrid July afternoon in 1945.

Dubious wisdom from the mouths of babes

In an age when logic and thought are suspect, childhood purity has gained a new authority

TV

There's something of a glut in the attack comedian field at the moment - a fact recognised in Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round on Friday (BBC2), which included a sequence in which he was relaunched with a new pyramidal head ("increased room for bad language"). Unfortunately his unveiling at the aggressive bald-headed comedian's trade fair wasn't a huge success - with the "15 per cent cockier Lee Hurst retaining its stranglehold on the market".

Cinema: The Real Blonde, with real grit

WOULD YOU go and see a film called The Real Blonde (15) starring Maxwell Caulfield (of The Colbys) and Elizabeth Berkley (of Showgirls)? Given the choice, I certainly wouldn't. Which would have been a shame, because Tom DiCillo's movie turns out to be infinitely better than it sounds. Instead of the soft-focus softcore suggested by the title, it's a nifty little satire on the superficiality of the entertainment industry.

Obituary: Dennis Selinger

Dennis Selinger, theatrical agent: born Black Rock, Brighton 20 July 1921; married 1988 Debra Winchester (marriage dissolved 1997); died London 2 February 1998.
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