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July 11, 2011 |
Robert Sklar, a film scholar known for bringing the insights of the social historian to understanding the history of American film, has died. He was 74. Sklar, who also was one of the original Rotisserie League fantasy baseball "owners" in the 1980s, died in Barcelona, Spain, July 2 after suffering head injuries in a bicycling accident, said Richard Allen, professor and chair of cinema studies at New York University. A professor in the department of cinema studies at New York University from 1977 until his retirement in 2009, Sklar was the author of books that included "City Boys: Cagney, Bogart, Garfield" (1992)
September 30, 2010 |
Blake Edwards has been the guiding force on such comedic classics as 1959's "Operation Petticoat" and 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's," not to mention the "Pink Panther" films with Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. On Thursday, Edwards will be on hand to talk about his career at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. A screening of his 1981 Hollywood satire, "S.O.B.," starring Edwards' wife, Julie Andrews, and William Holden in his final film, will follow the discussion.
February 15, 2010 |
"The Hurt Locker" and "The Hangover" shared the limelight at the American Cinema Editors' 60th annual ACE Eddie Awards on Sunday evening. Bob Murawski and Chris Innis won for "The Hurt Locker" in the drama category, while Debra Neil-Fischer of "The Hangover" was honored for the best-edited comedy or musical film. The awards were handed out Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Other film editors picking up awards were Kevin Nolting in the animation category for "Up" and Geoffrey Richman in the documentary category for "The Cove."
July 4, 2009
Re Kenneth Turan's review of the movie "Public Enemies" ["Gangster Chic, July 1]: Turan describes it as "an impressive film of great formal skill . . . an art film" with "a brooding dark-of-the-soul quality," with director Michael Mann being "one of the masters of modern American cinema," "a restless soul, a striver, pushing his work toward . . . the recapturing and recasting of reality."
January 25, 2009 |
Reviewing one of Sidney Poitier's films in the late '60s, the New York Times critic Vincent Canby noted that the actor "does not make movies, he makes milestones." Canby's point, which was not entirely a compliment, holds even truer today.
February 19, 2007
Re "A more worldly Oscar," editorial, Feb. 7 This editorial said: "Protectionist France may want to reserve its top Cesar [Award] for the best of French cinema." The term "protectionist" surprised and saddened me. Inspired by the Oscars, the Cesars were created mainly to honor the best French films, just as the Oscars honor the American cinema. Like the Oscars, the Cesars have a Best Foreign Film category. In 2007, three American films were among the five nominated in this category.