Arts and Entertainment Theda Bara in 1917’s silent movie ‘Cleopatra’

With more than 70 per cent of early films lost, archivists are scouring the world to preserve the precious examples that remain

Don't be too hasty in writing off newspapers

Not only is Wi-Fi unnecessary to make one work, papers are a bulwark of democracy, vital for holding the rich and powerful to account

Actress Anne Hathaway, pictured, wears Valentino at last year’s Oscars

The Last Emperor: Inside the crazy world of Valentino

The couture of Valentino goes on show in London from Thursday. What better time, then, to examine and marvel at this remote figure's many extravagances

Diana Krall, Royal Albert Hall, London

"The JK Rowling of jazz" was how the deliriously successful chanteuse was once memorably described, and occasionally the demure Diana Krall's brand of dinner jazz is almost offensively inoffensive, music to grace shopping mall lifts and smooth radio stations.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, BFI London Film Festival

Beasts of the Southern Wild, a deliciously dreamy tale about a fictional Bayou community in the backwaters of Louisiana, does not so much jump off the screen as float effortlessly off it.

The TV presenter in his pomp

Jimmy Savile: Young girls were just another victim of the rock'n'roll years

Teens were easy prey in an era with different morals

Lou Sanders: “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad”

Lou Sanders: And Now for a Nice Evening with Wallan, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

In a year of high-octane show openings, Lou Sanders, self-styled "Beyonce of comedy", might just have the best. It's certainly the only one involving techno, pink tights and rollerblades.

The 10 Best photography books

From Magnum contact sheets to portraits by Mario Testino, there’s something here for everyone to feast their eyes on...

Willem Dafoe is a mercenary on the trail of the last Tasmanian tiger in 'The Hunter'

The Hunter, Daniel Nettheim, 100 mins (15)
The Players, Various directors, 109 mins (18)

Give him a gun and a good part – at last, Willem gets his man

Michel Piccoli in La Grande Bouffe

Directors turn to their gut instincts

Food is the real star of a hamper of new movies, in turn inspired by past classics, says Geoffrey Macnab

Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin - A silent Artist finds his voice in Hollywood

Jean Dujardin was an unknown – and then an Oscar changed everything. So, Kaleem Aftab asks him, what does he do next?

The Players (18)

Mon Dieu, what a fall from grace is here.

Uggie the wonder dog from the French movie 'The Artist'

Uggie the dog quits showbusiness career

Uggie, the canine star of the Oscar-winning film The Artist, became the first dog to put its paw prints in cement outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

William Finley: Actor best known for his work with Brian De Palma

William Finley is best-known for his roles in nine of Brian De Palma's films, a disturbing, lanky, goggle-eyed presence, notably the maniacal, disfigured anti-hero of The Phantom of the Paradise.

DVD/Blu-ray: The Artist (PG)

The hype and awards have slightly diminished the impact of Hazanavicius's adroit homage to Hollywood's silent era, and the first 20 minutes are a bit so-what-ish, but then, suddenly, everything – the acting, the melodramatic score, the dog (Uggie), the gorgeous faded black-and-white look – kicks in.

Cannes do attitude for the stars of tomorrow

The iconic film festival has a habit of unearthing exciting talent, as Nick Clark found out

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?