March 20, 2009 |
Eight decades ago, audiences around the world flocked to see the remarkable stunts, supreme athleticism, swarthy good looks and boundless charm of Douglas Fairbanks in a series of lavish swashbuckling adventures including "The Mark of Zorro," "Robin Hood," "The Three Musketeers" and "The Gaucho." Two of his best films, 1924's "The Thief of Bagdad" and 1929's "The Iron Mask," are screening today and Monday, respectively, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
December 16, 2002 |
D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation," unquestionably among the most controversial -- and successful -- films of the 20th century, leads the list of vintage oldies making their DVD debuts.
May 25, 1995 |
Percy Adlon loves sending his favorite muse, the ample Marianne Sagebrecht, on personal journeys into quirk-dom. The cheeky German filmmaker pushed her through the Berlin subway on a quest for love in "Sugarbaby" (1985), and he dropped her in the Mojave Desert for a soul search in "Bagdad Cafe" (1988).
July 29, 1992 |
Everyone who enthuses about the sumptuous Alexander Korda "The Thief of Baghdad" (1940) might consider comparing it to the 1924 silent American version, "Thief of Bagdad," which screens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Silent Movie, 611 No. Fairfax. Starring athletic Douglas Fairbanks Sr. at his most engaging and directed by Raoul Walsh with his characteristic verve, it is blithe and swift where the Korda's British version is stilted and talky. With Anna May Wong and Julanne Johnston.
January 31, 1991 |
Ever since Iraq invaded Kuwait, curious motorists passing through the Mojave Desert have stopped to ask the way to Bagdad, the California ghost town named in the 1800s for the Middle Eastern capital. "Every day they come into our gas station or restaurant and ask, 'Where's Bagdad? We can't find it,' " said Buster Burris, 81, owner of the town of Amboy, population 27, eight miles east of where maps indicate Bagdad is located. Burris tells them Bagdad is but a memory these days.
December 16, 1990 |
There was once another Bagdad, along another oil-rich gulf, facing U.S. troops. It was a boom-town border port at the mouth of the Rio Grande, a city of 10,000 that thrived by exporting Confederate tobacco and cotton, evading the Union blockade of Southern ports. In 1866, after the Civil War, Mexican officials were fighting for control of the town and one faction invited 1,000 American soldiers from the other side of the river to help.