November 7, 2010 |
The moment one enters the gracious Upper West Side apartment of Eli Wallach, the home he has shared for decades with his wife and fellow actress, Anne Jackson, there is an unmistakable sense of life being well lived. Smiling and curious about his guest, he sits down for the scheduled chat about himself, but he'd much rather offer a tour of the place, pointing out the photos of his daughters, the artworks of his son, the stage and screen memorabilia extending back more than half a century, and ?
September 24, 2010 |
Greed may be good, as Gordon Gekko insisted once upon a time, but evil pays the bills, at least as far as "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is concerned. The best parts of this unfocused, erratic, downright messy sequel are the moments when the bad people take center stage. So let's hear it for Josh Brolin's Bretton (don't even think of calling him Bret) James, an investment banker with "an ego the size of Antarctica. " And some applause for the fearless 94-year-old Eli Wallach's Julie Steinhardt, terrifying when he makes eccentric bird noises and talks about the crash of '29 and the end of the world.
August 26, 2010 |
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that it would present "The Godfather" director-producer Francis Ford Coppola with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and give honorary Oscars to British film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, French "New Wave" director Jean-Luc Godard, who made his feature directorial debut 50 years ago with the seminal "Breathless," and veteran actor Eli Wallach, who...
May 14, 2005 |
Actor Eli Wallach was trying mightily to revive his career after serving five years in the Army during World War II when he had a dream. The scene was a courtroom, Wallach the accused. Wallach "cannot," bellowed the prosecutor, contribute anything to the theater -- for he is "a self-centered, hubristic charlatan." No, cried the defense lawyer, "This actor's only crime is his desire to open his heart to the truth, to enrich your lives, to turn the mirror, as it were, up to nature.
June 19, 2003 |
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is the kind of film that for most people exists somewhere in the half-light of cultural memory. You know it, sort of, but the details are rather foggy. After decades of routine showings on TV, it can be difficult to get back to the film as a glorious, unified whole. Bottled up on the small screen, the film seems simply great, but unfurled in its full-size theatrical splendor is where it truly blossoms into something transcendent.
June 15, 1998 |
I'm no night owl, so it's a good thing the coffee kicked in. My lights usually start to dim around 8 p.m., same time as the Union Square Theater's, where Eli Wallach begins his performance in "Visiting Mr. Green." (His last performance is July 5.) Our interview was set for 10 p.m. Wallach had postponed the original appointment because of a sinus problem. I entered Wallach's dressing room after the last of his visitors had exited. He gave me a warm, strong handshake.