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EISENSTEIN: A Life in Conflict by Ronald Bergan Little, Brown pounds 22.50

Education: passed/failed Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg, 58, is the editor and presenter of `Start the Week' on Radio 4 and `The South Bank Show' on ITV. His latest novel is `The Credo' and he has written biographies of Richard Burton and Lawrence Olivier. His film scripts include `Isadora' and `Jesus Christ Superstar'.

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David Ian Gill, film-maker and film restorer: born New Guinea 9 June 1928; married 1953 Pauline Wadsworth (two daughters); died Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire 28 September 1997.

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One of the many memorable aspects of the EMI Centenary concert at Birmingham's Symphony Hall was Nigel Kennedy's warm-up chat to the audience before he and Simon Rattle gave a brilliant reading of Elgar's violin concerto. Kennedy, adopting the chirpy cockney accent that has come as a complete shock to his mother, said he wanted to test the acoustics but there weren't enough bald heads in the audience. In music-hall style he then looked a bit harder and found some, then talked about the concerto, and played and described a couple of bonus pieces of Bach he was throwing in.

Comedy - it's a serious business; CINEMA

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Travel: Are we nearly there? Industrious days out for kids

New Lanark World Heritage Village, Strathclyde (01555 661345). Two hundred years ago, the enlightened entrepreneur Robert Owen created a model village for his mill workers. The location of the handsome community, surrounded by woodland on the banks of the Clyde, is superb - which is why some of the cottages are still occupied, even though the mill has long since closed. Industrial relics are mostly well preserved, while the "Annie McLeod Experience" is a throwback to 1820 through the eyes of a 10-year-old mill-girl. The adjacent Falls of Clyde nature reserve add to what is one of Scotland's finest days out.

Football: Cantona's silent movie

The director has a new script. Ian Ridley argues that United supporters deserve at least a farewell appearance

A great hatred of water

MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE: The Life and Times of W C Fields by Simon Louvish, Faber pounds 20

Edinburgh Festival: Silent Movie Der Rosenkavalier Festival Theatre

The chance to see a silent film with its specially written music, played live, is still a rare experience. In this case, it was a particularly fascinating one, as the film of Der Rosenkavalier was thought lost until recently, while the adaptation by Richard Strauss of the music from his own opera contains additional material, including some written specially for the occasion.

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DAVID LEAN by Kevin Brownlow, Richard Cohen Books pounds 25

The master of reinvention

A season of his early films shows that Alfred Hitchcock's directorial trademarks were born in Britain.

Another fine mess?

John Sessions and Robbie Coltrane play Laurel and Hardy. By James Rampton

First encounters / When Charlie Chaplin met Jean Cocteau

Charlie Chaplin's first encounter with Jean Cocteau was memorable not so much for its improbability (it took place on a Japanese boat in the South China Sea) or its spirit (friendly enough) as for the marked disinclination the meeting inspired in either man for any second encounter.
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