August 20, 2010 |
Li Cunxin is one of the most talented ballet stars ever to emerge from China, but his biggest claim to fame happened far away from the stage. In 1981 while a resident at the Houston Ballet, Li defected to the United States in an incident that involved a 21-hour standoff at the Chinese consulate and negotiations that ultimately led to the dancer's safe release. This week, a movie based on Li's life opens in Los Angeles and other select cities. In a parallel to its protagonist's travails, the production experienced its own friction with the Chinese government that forced the filmmakers to shoot significant parts of the movie in secret.
November 9, 1986 |
"Aria," that highbrow co-production between RCA Video Productions and Virgin Vision Ltd. ("Carmen," "Absolute Beginners"), moves to Vegas this weekend as Franc Roddam directs "Liebestod," an aria from Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde." The unusual project has been filming since July in locations ranging from Paris to Czechoslovakia, with directors such as Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Nicolas Roeg and Jean-Luc Godard interpreting 10 classic arias by Verdi, Puccini and others.
March 12, 2000
As an opera docent and co-chair of adult lectures at Opera Pacific, I was more than a little interested in reading Elaine Dutka's article on the L.A. Opera production of Verdi's "Rigoletto" ("Verdi, Meet Armani," Feb. 27). She quotes director Bruce Beresford as saying, " 'Rigoletto' is often done as a happy-go-lucky story with a sad ending. In fact, the whole opera is a moody piece, despite the buoyant music." What??? Even the sixth-grade students I introduced to Opera Pacific's production would have enough insight to counter this absurd remark.
April 11, 2010 |
A Mexican prosecutor has told Cancun reporters that investigators are focusing on "inconsistencies" in a timeline given by a veteran reality-TV producer in the disappearance of his wife, who was found slain this week at a luxury Cancun resort. Bruce Beresford-Redman, 38, was released by state police in Mexico on Friday after being questioned for hours concerning the strangulation death of wife Monica (pictured with Brazilian actor Nerso da Capitinga), the owner of a popular nightclub on Los Angeles' Westside.
December 7, 2013 |
In terms of mythology, it was Bonnie Parker who turned a small band of murderous thugs led by Clyde Barrow into the stuff of legend. Even as the Depression-era gang went on its murderous two-year crime spree, the idea of a female outlaw titillated a nation already prone to romanticizing criminals amid a failing economic system. When she and her lover died in a hail of gunfire, and photos of her posing with firearms and a getaway car were discovered, Bonnie became the pin-up girl for the hyper-sexualized archetype of the gun moll.