July 31, 2013 |
Pier Paolo Pasolini was one of Italian cinema's most influential, controversial and iconoclastic filmmakers, arriving on the scene after neo-realists such as Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini. The openly gay playwright, novelist, political theorist, journalist, teacher and poet made films in order to "represent reality with reality. " UCLA Film & Television Archive's new retrospective, "Pure and Impure: The Films of Pier Paolo Pasolini," which opens Friday at the Billy Wilder Theater, features new prints from Istituto Luce Cinecitta in Rome.
July 22, 2013
Ready to lose an hour (or three)? Our Home Tours archive, the online library of past Home of the Times design profiles, has been fully updated with L.A. houses, condos and apartments galore. HOME TOURS: SoCal design profiles in pictures Producer Dianne de Guzman added galleries that had fallen through the cracks and rebuilt some photo tours that had expired in our database. The result is a complete list of our most recent profiles as well as a dozen editor's picks for every year going back to 2007.
June 25, 2013 |
To be married to a writer can be a peculiar kind of torture. Carolina Lopez saw her husband, the late Chilean novelist and poet Roberto Bolaño, take up with another woman for the final years of his life. (He died in 2003.) Lopez deserves credit for helping Bolaño become the first dead superstar of 21st century literature. Next month, New Directions will release Bolaño's 19th book in English, “The Unknown University,” a collection of poetry assembled from the archives Lopez oversees.
June 8, 2013 |
Several classic feature films such as 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's," 1950's "Born Yesterday" and 1983's "A Christmas Story" were among the 25 motion pictures selected last December for inclusion in the prestigious National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because they represent important achievements in filmmaking. But not every film was a familiar title. Also making the list was "Parable," a 20-minute religious allegorical silent short with music. "Parable" was the main attraction of the Protestant and Orthodox Center at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
June 7, 2013 |
George Plimpton spent a lifetime stepping into other people's shoes. It's only fitting that he's finally talking about what it was like to walk in his own. That this is possible, 10 years after his death in 2003 when Plimpton was a robust 76, is due to a treasure trove of audio, video and written archives. Filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling have polished up the best of it in an engaging new documentary aptly titled "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself. " The movie by the writing/directing pair is almost as captivating as their subject.
May 19, 2013 |
For nearly a century starting in the 1880s, photographers went from sluice to street corner to suburban pool to record one utility's efforts to electrify Greater Los Angeles and beyond. The result of their labors: the 70,000-image Southern California Edison photography archive. "It's astonishing both in its size and diversity," says William Deverell, co-project director of an online exhibition showcasing the collection. "From the late 19th century to the mid-'70s, it documented everything from infrastructure to interiors to appliances.
May 19, 2013 |
BERLIN - Family archives belonging to a descendant of the composer Richard Wagner are expected to be passed to the German government soon, opening access to researchers who have long sought to shed light on their links to the Nazi regime. With the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth coming Wednesday, the composer's great-granddaughter, Katharina Wagner, pledged the “prompt” release of family letters. He was born May 22, 1813. Although the contents of the letters are unknown, their release raises the prospect of revelations about the degree to which the Wagners admired and colluded with the Nazis.
April 19, 2013 |
Baz Luhrmann's big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel "The Great Gatsby" isn't set to hit theaters until May 10, but long before the first flapper has flapped, it's become one of the most name-checked, on-trend, fashion-influencing films in recent memory. West Egg wannabes can already step into a nearby Brooks Bros. and step out wearing a pink-striped linen ensemble inspired by the one Leonardo DiCaprio's Jay Gatsby wears on the silver screen. They can also break the bank at Tiffany & Co. on the kind of tasseled pendant necklaces and bejeweled diamond-and-pearl headpieces that bedeck Carey Mulligan's Daisy Buchanan.
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April 17, 2013
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