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A 6 Saturday, February 2, 2002 THE DAILY TELEGRAPH critics' choice now showing film Gosford Park (15) Robert Altman's brilliant new film is part Upstairs Downstairs, part Agatha Christie, but mainly it is a piece of social observation as good as anything Altman has hitherto delivered. Starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Charles Dance and Kristin Scott Thomas (right), it follows the fortunes of a bunch of toffs holed up for the weekend in a country mansion, and, more thoroughly. the lives of the servants downstairs. The film is surprising and riveting and will become a classic of its kind. Atanarjuat the Fast Runner (no cert) A Inuit myth becomes a simply breathtaking piece of epic cinema in the hands of director Zacharias Kunuk.

The story is one of jealousy and revenge in a small Arctic community, and you get the sense of a culture's moral foundations being laid down in its telling. Bear with it for the dense first 20 minutes, and the rest flies by: it's enthralling, spectacular. and fie discovery of the year. theatre Donkeys' Years With Michael Frayn's great farce Noises Off doing roaring trade on both sides of the Atlantic, the Salisbury Playhouse has wisely decided to dust down this almost equally fine comedy. The action takes place at an Oxbridge Gaudy, at which apparently respectable -aged men in dinner jackets get outrageously drunk and cause no end of mayhem.

Joanna Read's cracking production captures both farcical mayhem and acute social embarrassment to perfection and there are cracking performances from Amanda Harris as the myopic mistress. Robert Whelan as a nerdish scientist belatedly discovering the wild youth he never had. and Peter Rylands as a camp of curate. Salisbury Playhouse (01722 320333). The Prisoner's Dilemma Churchill insisted that jaw jaw The critics are: art Richard Dorment Dominic Cavendish dance Ismene opera Rupert Christiansen folk Colin Cheal theatre Charles Spencer talk Gosford Park Shallow Hal (12) The Farrelly brothers want us to laugh at things and love them at the same time the disabled, the mentally ill, and now an obese girl.

Jack Black is Hal, who, bewitched into seeing only women's inner beauty, falls for the enormous Roesmary (played both fat and thin by Gwyneth Paltrow), and Omid Djalili was better than war-war, but it is a dangerous theory for a playwright since drama thrives on conflict. Nevertheless, David Edgar's intelligent and classical Geoffrey Norris comedy Brown film Andrew O'Hagan, Tim Robey Randall jazz Martin Gayford pop David Michael Wright THE SPENCER. DAVIS GROUP AND THE TROGGS IN CONCERT On Somebody Help Me Gimme Some Loving Shapes of Things for Your Love Heart Full Over Under Sideways Down a Cit February 2002 14 STOKE ON TRENT Victoria Hall 01782 213 800 15 LLANDUDNO North Wales Theatre 01492 872 000 16 HIGH WYCOMBE Swan Theatre 01494 512 000 17 SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351 135 19 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange 01223 357 851 20 LEICESTER De Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111 21 HULL City Hall 01482 226 655 22 YORK Barbican Centre 01904 656 688 23 CHELTENHAM Town Hall 01242 227 979. 24 CHATHAM Central Theatre. 01634 403 868 26 HALIFAX Victoria Theatre 01422 351 158 27 MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall 0161 907 9000 28 GLASGOW Royal Concert Hall 0141 353 8000 March ABERDEEN Music Hall 01224 641 122 2 INVERNESS Eden Court Theatre 01463 234 234 EDINBURGH Festival Theatre 0131 529 6000 NORWICH Theatre Royal 01603 630.000 000 CANTERBURY The Marlowe 01227 787 787.

SKEGNESS The Embassy 01754 768 333 BUXTON Opera House 01298 721 90 10 BASINGSTOKE The Anvil 01256 844 244 12 READING Hexagon Theatre 0118 960 6060 13 SHEFFIELD City Rail 0114 278 9789 14 NORTHAMPTON Derngate 01604 624 811 15 EASTBOURNE Congress Theatre 01323 412 000 16 CROYDON Fairfield Halls 020 8688 9291 19 WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall 01902 552 121 21 GUILDFORD Civic 01483 444 555 22 BOURNEMOUTH BIC 01202 456 456 23 WATFORD The Colosseum 01923 445 000 24 LIVERPOOL Empire 0870 606 3536 26 NEWCASTLE City Hall 0191 261 2606 27 BRISTOL Colston Hall 0117 922 3686 28 TORQUAY Princess Theatre 01803 290 290 30 PETERBOROUGH The Cresset 01733 265 705 April 2 SALISBURY City Hall 01722 327 676 3 PRESTON Guildhall 01772 258 858 NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555 L0 IPSWICH Regent 01473 433 100 DARTFORD The Orchard 01322 220 000 BIRMINGHAM Symphony 0121 780 3333 9 PORTSMOUTH The 023 9282 4355 Wednesday 10th April at 7.30pm LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL 3090 available from Box 920 020 4 quickly the situations become too embarrassing to be funny. Training Day (18) Denzel Washington chomps down on the role of an unprincipled narcotics cop with exhibitionistic relish, but it's already an overrated performance a karaoke bad guy from actor with an almost untarnishably righteous screen persona. A surprisingly decent Ethan Hawke is the rookie being shown the ropes, and gradually entangled with them, in Antoine Fuqua's tough-talking, toughacting, engrossing but implausible urban thriller. In the Bedroom (15) Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson deserve about three Oscars each for their work here, as a married couple in Maine facing up to the biggest shock of their lives and trying to prevent their grief from destroying what's left. This is a debut of amazing heft from Todd Field, gripping from gentle opening to dark conclusion, and acted with the kind of raw feeling that has you fighting to hold back tears.

penetrating study of the attempts to resolve a knotty conflict in a fictional former Soviet republic makes for gripping viewing. You feel you have a ringside seat at the peace negotiations that have become such a feature of contemporary life. Michael Attenborough's production succeeds in turning talking. heads into people political issues you genuinely come to care about. Barbican Pit, London EC2 (020 7638 8891).

The Accrington Pals Welcome revival of Peter Whelan's moving and ambitious play, first staged by the RSC in 1981, about the Lancashire volunteers who joined up to fight in the Great the women they left behind. The play combines warm humanity with a strong sense of both class divisions and the terrible waste of war, and, although the contrast between lovingly detailed naturalism and sudden shifts into dream-like expressionism is a touch uneasy, there is no mistaking the power of Edward Kemp's excellent production. Minerva Theatre, Chichester (01243 781312). Omid Djalili More cheeky ethnic observations from the Anglo-Iranian comedian and actor, whose divided cultural loyalties have made for top-flight satire post September 11. Epsom Playhouse (01372 742 555), Thurs.

top five mI chosen by Pandora's Box (GW 1 Pabst, 1929) Louise Brooks's descent from respectability to victimhood remains the most affecting use of the Ripper myth. Weimar Germany was to serial killers what Renaissance Florence was to poisoning; by casting Brooks, whose energy as the quintessential liberated American flapper transcends the silent screen, against a background of shadowy expressionist photography, Pabst set the stage for film noir. Murder by Decree (Bob 2 Clark, 1979) Christopher Plummer and James Mason are one of cinema's top pairings, but steals the show. This was the first Ripper movie to investigate charges of royal and masonic involvement in the murders, although, perhaps sadly, it resists naming names. Holmes and Watson also pursue the Ripper in A Study Terror (James Hill, 1965), based on Ellery Queen's novel.

The Lodger (Alfred 3 Hitchock, 1926) Based on a favourite apocryphal tale the artist Walter Sickert (who, the US thriller writer Patricia Cornwell has suggested, may himself have been the Ripper), Marie Belloc Lowndes's 1911 theysaidit "Often with art, you don't it. My business is completely photographer Mario Testino. "The Royal National Theatre Richard Eyre, former which announced this week it name. Picture: CHRIS NASH pick of the week Shobana Jeyasingh The discovery of a dance language both individual and beautiful is always what choreographers are after, but very few have succeeded like Shobana Jeyasingh. Trained in traditional Indian classical dance, but resident in London, she fuses exquisite ancient Asian technique and a totally modern urban British ear for music and eye for design.

The results are constantly surprising and sensuous, and the title of her new dance, Phantasmaton, premiering on Tuesday alongside a 2000 piece, Surface Tension, reflects her futuristic outlook. Preview 'Stratford Circus, London E15 (0208 279 1000), tonight; premiere Sussex University, Brighton (01273 685 861), Tues; Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University (0115 846 7777), Thurs; then touring. Ismene Brown galleries ballet Paris Capital of the Arts 1900-1968 A messy sprawl of a show that tries to tell the whole story of 20th-century art. Even though the result is incoherent, there are gems to be found in almost every gallery. Royal Academy of Arts, London W1 (020 7300 8000), until April 19.

Art Crazy Nation Show Artist and writer Matthew Collings makes his personal choice of contemporary British artists. Milton Keynes Gallery (01908 558 307), until March 3. Nan Goldin Devil's Playground No-holds-barred visual record of the artist's travels through a bohemian world of drugs, sex, death, sex, love, sex, drugs and sex. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London El (020 7522 7878), until March 31. For more reviews by Richard Dorment visit his website at Jack the Ripper movies Michael Carlson novel has inspired four films.

The silent one, starring Ivor Novello and his Gladstone bag, is best. Novelio reprised the role in a 1932 talkie, but John Brahm's 1944 noirish version, with George Sanders, Merle Oberon, and Laird Creeger is the superior sound version. Hands of the Ripper (Peter Sasdy, 1971) Angharad Rees plays the Ripper's daughter, also driven to kill. It was one of two top Ripper films from Hammer that year, the other being Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (Roy Ward Baker, 1971), in which Jekyll becomes a female Hyde who needs to replenish her hormones from real whores. The link between Stevenson's novel and Jack has never been clearer.

5 From Brothers, Hell 2002) (Hughes Between 1991 and 1996, Alan Moore published a 10-part in comic book that retold the murders as part of a conspiracy at the highest levels. The Hughes brothers, whose reputation was made with such US "ghetto" movies as Dead of Presidents, turn London's East End into an even more dangerous sort of ghetto -even though Johnny Depp and Heather Graham sometimes look redolent more of Beverly like it at first but come to love the opposite" fashion is an oxymoron and I regret director of the Royal National Theatre, is drop the word "Royal" from from today Today Classical Birmingham Contemporary Music starts a tour with premieres by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Gerald Barry. CBSO Centre, Birmingham (0121 767 4050). Pop Embrace. Improving have outgrown their "new decent, if unadventurous, portfolio of stirringly anthemic Manchester (0161 242 (0131 220 3234), tomorrow.

floppy-haired quartet who Oasis" tag to become a guitar band with a tunes. Apollo, 2560). Also: Edinburgh Tomorrow Folk Celtic Connections. Festival closes in nostalgic mode as the Dubliners celebrate an extraordinary 40 years on the road. Cara Dillon, at a rather earlier stage career in Irish (see Page A12), and the Oysterband, Hothouse Flowers and Iron Horse are separately involved in a busy finale.

Roval. Concert Hall and other venues, Glasgow (0141 353 8000). Monday Opera Attila (Verdi): One and most exciting of early operas, revived with Orlin eponymous Hun and Maria bellicose Odabella. Mark Opera House, London WC2 of the roughest, toughest 19th century Italian Anastassov the Guleghina as Elder conducts. Royal (020 7304.4000).

Tuesdav Dance Royal Ballet dancers Alastair Marriott and Vanessa Fenton take steps to become choreographers using music by Schnittke, Purcell, Vince Clark and Martyn Ware. Clore Studio, Royal. Opera House, London WC2, (020 7304 4000). Also: Wed. Opera Jerry Springer: The Opera (Richard Thomas) Scabrous, brilliant musical farce based on the trailer-trash TV show.

Battersea Arts Centre, London SW11 (020 7223 2223). Wednesday Classical Quatuor gives a recital of quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Jadin. Wigmore Hall, London W1 (020 7935 2141). Pop Deep Purple. Sans Ritchie Blackmore, of course (someone called Steve Morse is on guitar), but the rest of the original line-up will be present for this, the prototypical hard rock band's umpteenth reunion tour.

Grimsby Auditorium (01472 311 311). Also: Nottingham (0115 989 5555), Thurs, Jazz John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus. Grappelli's one-time guitarist explores the music of the Thirties. Poole Arts Centre (01202 685222). Thursday Classical Jac van Steen conducts the Orchestra in.

Barber's Violin Concerto and Bruckner's Symphony No 6. Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (0161 907 7.9000). Exhibition Warhol. Major retrospective of the pioneering, bewigged Pop artist that features more than 150 works, spanning his entire career. Tate Modern, London SE2 (020 7887 8008).

Friday Film Monsters, Inc (U) The battle of the digital animators rages on: first there was Toy Story (Disney), then Antz (DreamWorks), then A Bug's Life (Disney), then Shrek (DreamWorks). Now, once again, it's Disney's turn, with this appealing, immaculately realised tale of benign beasts. Don Giovanni (Mozart): Francesca Zambello's production comes as a relief after many recent travesties of this great and complex work, but the main virtue of the performance is Sir Colin Davis's warm, supple conducting. Bryn Terfel is riveting in the title role, and there are strong performances from the rest of the cast. Royal Opera House, London WC2 (020 7304 4000), tonight, Tues.

Tanztheater Wuppertal The provocative, Pina Bausch shows Masurca Fogo. Sadler's Wells, London EC1 (020 7863 8000), until tomorrow. Lindsay Kemp The colourful, eccentric Kemp reruns his greatest hits in Dream Dances. Peacock Theatre, London WC2 (020 7863 8222), until Feb 9. George Piper Dances "Ballet boyz" William Trevitt and Michael Nunn look superb in a modern ballet programme.

Swan, High Wycombe (01494 512000), Tues, Wed. book now Theatre This Is Our Youth. Kenneth Lonergan's first play stars Oscar winner Anna Paquin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Hayden Christiansen. Garrick, London WC2 (0870 890 1104), from March 11. Music Walton A Celebration 2002.

The Royal Festival Hall marks the composer's centenary. South Bank, London SE 1 (020 7960 4242); Feb 24- March 28. Hills than of Whitechapel. There is a deeper secret buried in this movie, however: as Depp's opium-smoking Inspector Abberline investigates the murders, we realise in references to Platoon, JFK, The Doors and Natural Born Killers that what we're watching is, of all things, a not-so subtie homage to that master of conspiracy theory, Oliver Stone. Michael Carlson's 'Clint Eastwood' is published by Pocket Essentials Hidden Italy taly boasts an amazing number of beautiful and villages.

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