December 5, 1999
Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage," Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead," Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"--American fiction writers have conjured up powerful portraits of war, largely from the foot soldier's chaotic point of view. But war as experienced by the policymakers, the civilian shapers, the power holders and the bureaucrats has not been a subject of American fiction. In fact, power generally has not much been favored by fiction writers.
July 28, 1995 |
These are highly emotional times for Sam Goldwyn Jr. Because of financial strains, the 69-year-old son of the legendary mogul is being forced to sell off his 16-year-old company, which has produced and distributed such critically acclaimed films as "The Madness of King George," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman" and "sex, lies and videotape." Sources predict that within weeks, Samuel Goldwyn Co.--of which Goldwyn owns 64.
November 24, 1991 |
Few actors are lucky enough to come up with a single role that informs the psyche of a generation or else slips into the cultural vernacular, like a Captain Queeg or a Vito Corleone. At 54, in a career that spans 23 movies, Dustin Hoffman has had at least four: in "The Graduate," "Midnight Cowboy," "Tootsie" and "Rain Man." The number goes up to five if you'll concede "Kramer vs.
November 16, 2004
The Nov. 13 Times' editorial, "Private Ryan, Unsaved," is correct in explaining and condemning the removal by some ABC affiliates of the film "Saving Private Ryan." It does contain violence and profanity and does depict heroism and show that "war is hell." It is also true that the Federal Communications Commission failed to stand up against the shameful pressures of vigilante groups. What is missed is that "Saving Private Ryan," like "All Quiet on the Western Front," is not a war film.
December 5, 1997 |
Warner Bros. co-heads Bob Daly and Terry Semel seem to be in serious denial. While they readily admit that the overall performance of their movies have "absolutely been disappointing" this year and that morale at the historically stable studio is dismally low, the pair say they're staying the course in the expectation that a few box- office hits will lift the film division out of the morass. No heads will roll. No restructuring of the movie division's management is envisioned.
December 5, 1986 |
Of all the classic categories of movies, the misfits who must somehow be shaped into a fighting unit is one of the most durable. It's succeeded in everything from "The Dirty Dozen" to "Stripes." "Heartbreak Ridge" (citywide) reworks the formula again, and the reward is a vintage Clint Eastwood performance--in a film so uninvolving that you barely wake up for the big battle finale.