December 10, 2008 |
Way back in the 1950s, when the world knew of the concentration camps mainly from documentaries, film director Jean-Luc Godard made a famously provocative remark: "If ever a film is to be made about Auschwitz, it will have to be from the point of view of the guards." Clearly, what Godard meant by this was that it would be impossible, on film, to do justice to the suffering of those who died in the camps. No drama, however well intentioned, could possibly be adequate to the events themselves.
April 21, 2007
PATRICK GOLDSTEIN says he misses "the Harvey Weinstein [he] used to know" -- claiming that "the Oscar impresario who ... was truly, madly, deeply in love with movies" has been replaced by a "slimmed-down mogul ... who has lost his way" ["Please Come Home," April 17]. That's sweet of Patrick (especially the part about my being "slimmed-down"), but it's also a bit disingenuous. I never fell out of love with movies. I did have to spend time building the infrastructure of our new company, but we still produced films I'm extremely proud of, like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's daring "Grindhouse," Anthony Minghella's beautiful "Breaking and Entering" and the politically charged "Bobby."
April 20, 2007 |
All too recognizable elements of present-day conflicts and social dysfunction are projected onto a post-Orwellian future in "A New World War," an angry sci-fi comedy by Rita Valencia presented by Padua Playwrights.
February 8, 2007 |
David Hare's "The Vertical Hour" will close early at Broadway's Music Box Theater because it is "expected to recoup its entire capitalization with the week ending March 11," a spokesperson said Wednesday. "In order to maintain that advantageous position for the play's investors, the producers will end the limited engagement three weeks earlier than originally announced (April 1)."
December 1, 2006 |
OK, so how did Julianne Moore's Broadway debut compare with Julia Roberts' coolly received one last season? Moore wins by a nose. But David Hare, the esteemed British playwright, shouldn't be smiling. In fact, much of what is lacking in Moore's performance can be attributed to the unconvincing role Hare has written for her. The play is called "The Vertical Hour," and it had its world premiere Thursday at the Music Box under the direction of Sam Mendes.
March 23, 2006 |
For the first time, British playwright David Hare will premiere a play in the United States. "The Vertical Hour" will open on Broadway on Nov. 30 with Julianne Moore in the lead role and Sam Mendes directing. The play, about a teacher at Yale who meets an older man while on vacation in Wales, is described as a work that illustrates "how life has subtly changed for so many people in the West in the new century."