August 22, 2009 |
She is a beguiling Eve with a profusion of corkscrew curls and an earful of bad advice from a wily serpent. He is a befuddled Adam who holds forbidden fruit in one hand and scratches his head with the other. Life-size and all- but-nude, they have been standing under the biblical Tree of Knowledge -- on the brink of original sin -- since German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder painted them nearly 500 years ago. And they are a big reason art lovers go to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
May 2, 2012 |
A long-running lawsuit to force the Norton Simon Museum to surrender one of its prized artworks, 480-year-old paired paintings of Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder that were looted during the Holocaust, has reached what could be its last legal round: plaintiff Marei Von Saher's recent appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If her appeal fails, it could have far-reaching implications, potentially undermining a larger class of claims to recover Nazi-looted art. Von Saher, who lives in Connecticut, contends that the "Adam and Eve" diptych that has hung in the Pasadena museum since the late 1970s remains stolen goods.
January 3, 1993
From the TV Times article (Dec. 20) about Charlton Heston's new series on the Bible ("Charlton Heston Presents The Bible," A&E), I learned that Heston will not only portray Moses again, but other biblical figures, including Adam and Eve. Parting the Red Sea was a cinch for Heston as Moses ("The Ten Commandments"). But playing Adam and Eve? I can hardly wait. Collette North, Los Angeles
April 26, 1989 |
Out of the raging darkness of Mark Twain's pessimism in his later years blossomed a curious little novelette called "Eve's Diary." The passages have a certain wistfulness about them, unlike anything Twain ever wrote. Actor-adapter David Birney has combined "Eve's Diary" with an earlier Garden of Eden piece by Twain called "Extracts From Adam's Diary" into "American Playhouse's" endearing "The Diaries of Adam and Eve" (at 9 tonight on Channels 28 and 15). Birney and Meredith Baxter Birney portray the universe's first lovers as Twain fashioned them--Eve is wiser, smarter and much more eager for a relationship than Adam, who is exasperated by Eve's relentless talk and who doesn't fall in love with her until after the great Fall and exile from the Garden.
April 6, 2014 |
It's not so much that Jim Jarmusch has edged toward the mainstream but rather that the mainstream has moved closer to him. Over the years the gravitational pull of his slant, laconic sensibility in films such as "Mystery Train," "Dead Man" and "Broken Flowers" has brought him in contact with a classic gallery of performers including Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, Gena Rowlands, Johnny Depp, Bill Murray and many more. Though he first emerged from the outcast environs of the late '70s/early '80s post-punk scene of New York, he has recently received retrospectives from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles and the Film Society of Lincoln Center . At 61 he is no longer a punk outsider but part of the pantheon.
April 10, 2014 |
With the YA swoon of "Twilight" safely in the rearview mirror, movie vampires get their mojo back in the sensuous dreamscape of "Only Lovers Left Alive," one of the strongest films yet from Jim Jarmusch. A filmmaker with a deep affection for outsiders, Jarmusch sets his ode to the urbane undead - and margin-dwelling artists - in two ultra-poetic cities: Detroit, a vision of trampled grandeur on the cusp of rebirth, and worldly Tangier, its alleyways alive with the murmur of illicit doings.