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Review 13 February
The panel will discussed:


Nicole Kidman in Dogville
I don't remember a film in which the relationships between the characters was as intense.
Michael Portillo

A three-hour movie by the Danish director Lars Von Trier is set during the American Depression. Unusually, Von Trier - who made Breaking The Waves and Dancer In The Dark - had never been to the US at the time.

But this eccentric approach to research was followed by a decision to dispense with scenery and props and use a small video camera.

The Colorado town of the title consists of white lines on a studio floor and the cast - including Nicole Kidman as a woman seeking refuge from gangsters - mime the actions of opening doors and windows.

Dogville opened at selected cinemas 13 February.

El Greco

El Greco
You have the sense of this radicalism, mysticism, anger, an opinionated man...
Mark Lawson

The names of Cezanne, Picasso and Jackson Pollock appear on the poster advertising the National Gallery's latest show, though none of their work is on show. The line is that they were inspired by the work of the Renaissance painter El Greco.

But is such a strategy necessary for a painter who - in the history of religious art - is pretty much God.

El Greco is at the National Gallery in London until the 23 May.


I think it worked tolerably well.
Hari Kunzru

We go back to May 1940. There have rarely been such dark days for Britain. The Second World War is on the brink of being lost to Hollywood: blitz-kreiging cinemas with revisionist versions of history such as Saving Private Ryan.

But then a plucky group of British film-makers decided to take a stand and tell their version of the rescue of the British army from an apparently hopeless position in France.

The term "drama-documentary" is often used very loosely - to mean any fiction with a bit of fact in it - but Dunkirk - screened in three parts next week on BBC2 - films the events in Whitehall and on the battlefield as if they were being captured by a modern film-crew with actors impersonating real people recreated from diaries and reports.

Dunkirk starts on BBC2 at 9pm on 18 February.

The Tempest

The Tempest
I just thought this was brilliant...
Lisa Jardine

The young British composer Thomas Ades wrote his first opera - Powder Her Face - about the Duchess of Argyll, who was involved in a notorious 1950s society divorce known as "the headless man case" because it involved an act of fellatio only partially recorded by Polaroid.

For the subject of his second opera, Ades has taken another aristocrat with a habit of snapping off heads: Prospero, former Duke of Milan, exiled to an island with a retinue of sprites and monsters in The Tempest.

Opening this week at the Royal Opera House Ades's Tempest has a libretto by Meredith Oakes which echoes but does not borrow Shakespeare's verse.

The Tempest continues at the Royal Opera House and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 18 February, and BBC Four on 21 February.

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Newsnight Review, BBC Two's weekly cultural round-up, follows Newsnight on Friday evenings at 2300 GMT.

Review: Dogville
13 Feb 04  |  Entertainment
Review: El Greco
30 Jan 04  |  Entertainment


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