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One of Gregory Crewdson’s images

One of Gregory Crewdson’s images

Gregory Crewdson’s Beneath the Roses
White Cube, London
Until 14 May
Phone 020 7930 5373

The 20 large-scale photographs in Gregory Crewdson’s new exhibition are like film stills.

The images are of everyday America, but they are never quite right. In one a car sits in a driveway — but it is empty, and the doors are flung open, as if we have just missed a getaway.

These beautiful images are filled with a sense of alienation and everyday isolation.

Directed by K Asif

This rare classic Indian film from 1960, re-released on DVD with English subtitles, is set in the late 15th century Mughal era. It is a class perspective on exploitation, power, rebellion, courage and women’s oppression.

The music is outstanding in its rich and rare classical “alaap” (creative dialogue) and exceptionally mesmerising violin chords that intensify the sense of injustice.

It demonstrates how religion can be utilised to justify class oppression.

Mughal-e-Azam is an unforgettable epic. The film highlights the rich contribution to music and art made by ordinary people, and reminds us that the ruling class does not distinguish its prey by race or religion.

Azra Jabbar

Talking to Terrorists
Written by Robin Soans
Now touring

Talking to Terrorists is the latest play by Out of Joint, who are best known for their production of The Permanent Way, a parable about rail privatisation.

The writer, director and actors interviewed people from around the world who have been affected by or involved in terrorism. They wanted to know what makes ordinary people do extreme things.

The play is visiting Leeds, Manchester, Ipswich, Coventry, Salisbury, Liverpool and London.

Mary Peterson

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Thu 5 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1950
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