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December 18, 1996
Larry Gates, 81, a character actor on stage, screen and television for half a century. Born in St. Paul, Minn., Gates studied chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota but was bitten by the acting bug while working in student productions. He won a position in the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Va., and then made his debut in New York in 1939 in the play "Speak of the Devil."
November 24, 1985
Beale seemed to label conservatives as mentally ill, i.e., "paranoid," by citing a number of current and not-so-current movies. Beale stated that "the current paranoid movement is almost exclusively conservative, even reactionary in nature." Does that mean that the people who liked "Testament," "On the Beach" and "Dr. Strangelove" were conservative hawks? That the fans of "2001," "WarGames" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" were reactionaries? And were the kids who flocked to see "War of the Worlds," "The Thing" and "The Road Warrior" really part of a movement?
February 2, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
With its steamy seductions, jinxed murder plots and inexorable fate at a California truck stop, the James M. Cain novel influenced Italian neo-realism--Luchino Visconti filmed as "Ossessione" in 1942--and in this 1946 version became a key film in postwar Hollywood film noir. Directed by Tay Garnett, it remains one of Lana Turner's (right) very best films. Dressed always in white, most memorably in a two-piece bathing suit, Turner plays the glamorous, bored wife of much-older Cecil Kellaway.
June 26, 1994 | Kevin Thomas
Luchino Visconti's sumptuous 1963 film of the Giuseppe di Lampedusa novel is set against Italy's turbulent 1860s, and compares with "Gone With the Wind" as an evocation of an aristocracy crumbling in war. It has battle scenes, a grand ball and a pragmatic survivor as a protagonist. A glorious triumph of personal expression, it is an example of the historical epic as an art film.
May 8, 1994 | Kevin Thomas
William Wyler's 1946 film from Robert Sherwood's script struck a deep and lasting note in audiences. It masterfully tells of the homecoming from World War II of several very different men living in the same small city and who face challenges adjusting to civilian life. They are banker Frederic March (left), soda jerk Dana Andrews (right) and nice guy Harold Russell, who now has hooks where his arms and hands used to be and is afraid to face his fiancee (Cathy O'Donnell).
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