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Prophetic pranks of a holy fool

Stephen Brown reviews two new DVD releases

IN RUSSIA, the holy fool (yurodivy) is a longstanding religious figure, immortalised on the page by writers such as Dostoevsky and Pushkin. At the cinema, the great director who explored this phenomenon was Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-86), who features such characters in films such as Andrei Rublev and Stalker.

With the DVD release of The Island, we can now add the name of the director Pavel Lounguine to those fascinated by these mavericks ...

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Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 18:59
@steveLIVS @RhodesWriter @c_of_e It wasn't our data, it was a survey by the British Election Study. HS

Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 15:25
Giving in @c_of_e up to £1 billion. But number of givers falling http://t.co/XTRi469vxv http://t.co/DZOtKmFWHH