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Film historian Mark Harris’ new book Five Came Back follows a quintet of directors who went into battle. This excerpt shows how one of them began his fight.

From vampire lovers to an all-American superhero, BBC Culture picks nine top films coming out next month – including Scarlet Johansson as an alien seductress.

A photographer who takes shots of a B-52 ‘boneyard’ is part of BBC Culture’s pick of the pictures this week. Also: vote now for the next Nasa spacesuit design.

From an Argentinian theatre and a Dutch church to an underground car park in China, BBC Culture picks the loveliest bookstores around the globe.

The horrors and deprivations of life behind bars have inspired some great works of literature – from Cervantes to Solzhenitsyn. Jane Ciabattari takes a look.

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