In a career spanning more than six decades, Cartier-Bresson captured the world’s most celebrated figures in his lens, and still had time to found the Magnum photography agency with Robert Capa in 1947. Using a small format, hand-held Leica camera, the photographer has taken classic black and white portraits of everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Martin Luther King. This 1962 shot of the British comedian Tony Hancock is one of 120 portraits brought together for the first time in a major exhibition in Edinburgh which also includes images of Francis Bacon, Truman Capote and a recent shot of Lucian Freud. (Susanna Beaumont) Henri Cartier-Bresson — Portraits; Tete a Téte is at the National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 73 Mar—Sun 9 May. See Art listings, page 77.
Gary Ross’s film is here to prove once and for all that not everything in black and white makes sense. Two 905 kids are zapped through their teleVision into the monochrome world of a cheesy SOs sitcom set in a small town where everyone is relentlessly pleasant, but there is no art, passion or sex. The two teens bring all three to the town which duly transforms, rose by rose, into colour Pleasantvil/e is much more than a gimmick movie — it’s a pre-millennial fairytale. (Peter Ross) Pleasantvi/le is on general release from Fri 72 Mar:
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