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Issue No. 1977

Beauty and the Beast: Photographs by Lee Miller
The Star Gallery, Lewes, East Sussex
until 26 November

Lee Miller was an extraordinary American who knew many of the key artists and writers from the bohemian and surrealist circles in Paris and London before the Second World War.

She was also a fearless war photographer who worked on the front lines in France and Germany during the invasion in 1944 through to the end of the war.

She was one of the first photographers into the Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany. Her photographs are a horrifying witness to the utter inhumanity of the Nazis.

She was present when US troops opened a death train at Dachau and continued to take photographs when her companion reeled away in horror.

The horrors she recorded are grim but essential rejoinders to anyone sympathetic to would-be Nazis today.

Huw Pudner


Sheffield TUC Film Festival
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
19 November 2005 to 2 May 2006

The Navigators, directed by socialist film-maker Ken Loach, will open a season of trade union and political film in Sheffield.

The film is based around life working on the railways. It was written by railworker Rob Dawber, who died recently.

His widow Lindsey Dawber will be speaking, along with Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT rail workers’ union.

The festival will feature international films, including The Devil’s Miner, about two Bolivian brothers working in the silver mines, and Red Dust, set in South Africa.

Classics such as Germinal and Metropolis will also be showing.


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Sat 19 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1977
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