March 9, 2007 |
Scars from decades of socialist oppression, and the escapism and magical realism they ruefully evoke, dominate the works of Eastern European filmmakers these days. Revolutions, war and genocide frame new films from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania that were shown recently at the Berlin film festival.
February 22, 2007 |
FEW would argue the point that the current boom in Hollywood night life dates back to two entrepreneurs: Jon Sidel and Sean MacPherson. The pair, whose cachet always seemed to be enhanced by the actresses on their arms, brought Hollywood such legendary watering holes and eateries as Small's K.O., the Olive, Swingers, Jones, Good Luck, Bar Marmont, El Carmen and Dominick's. The bottom line is they were cool guys with good taste who had a lot of interesting friends.
May 30, 2003 |
A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that a Seattle couple are entitled to sue the CIA for reneging on an agreement to support them for life. The two contend they spied for the U.S. against a former Eastern bloc country before the CIA brought them to this country more than 15 years ago. The U.S.
April 3, 2002 |
Some concepts are bound to arouse the skeptic in almost anyone. Painless dentistry. Easy assembly. Vanilla Coke. How about the idea of an engaging three-part, six-hour documentary on the evolution of the global economy? PBS has crafted just that with "Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy," a surprisingly brisk tale that speaks plainly to the intellectually curious--not just the economy wonks.
April 18, 1997 |
As a founder of the local Solidarity trade union, Wieslawa Karykowska learned long ago to expect the unexpected from her bosses at the car and truck plant here. But nothing in 29 years on the job, not even a revolution that brought down communism, prepared the old union hand for Yoo Choon Sik. There he was one pleasant morning, the company's No. 1 employee--the president and chief executive officer--picking through flower beds and sidewalk crevices with the mien of a hired hand.
March 30, 1995 |
Long the economic leader of the former Eastern Bloc, Hungary suddenly finds itself in the throes of a painful retrenchment while its government beats down suggestions that it is becoming the Mexico of Eastern Europe. Although Hungary has drawn nearly half the foreign investment in the region since 1989, huge foreign debts and a massive budget deficit forced the government on March 12 to announce an immediate 9% currency devaluation and deep cuts in social welfare benefits.