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Potemkin film poster

Potemkin film poster

Battleship Potemkin

The Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have released their soundtrack to Sergei Eisenstein’s classic socialist film Battleship Potemkin.

Tennant and Lowe first performed the music in front of 20,000 fans in London’s Trafalgar Square last year, while the film played on a big screen behind them.

While the mainly instrumental soundtrack is interesting, it’s probably best to listen while watching the film.

Jean Davidson

Monday 14 November, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London,
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Hakim is the biggest star of Sha’bi (working class) music in Egypt.

He has popularised the street music that emerged out of working class districts of Cairo in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Sha’bi usually blares out of minibuses, taxis and riverboats, but is most popular at weddings.

Hakim’s music is beat-driven dance with rich vocalisation. He is known as the Lion of Egypt.

Simon Assaf

Howl’s Moving Castle
Directed by Hiyao Miyazaki
Out now

For everybody who loved Spirited Away, Hiyao Miyazaki’s previous film, comes his new animated film, Howl’s Moving Castle.

The Japanese director was inspired by the horror of the Iraq war and the destruction of the environment.

Lush visuals follow Sophie, who is turned into an old woman by a wicked witch before being helped by handsome wizard Howl, who owns an industrial, moving behemoth of a castle.

This is another fine example of Miyazaki’s incredible imagination.

Katherine Branney

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Sat 1 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1970
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