September 4, 1987 |
Fernando Ramos da Silva, the angel-faced street urchin catapulted to fame in an acclaimed 1980 movie about abandoned children, was not only a star, but a symbol of hope in Brazil. "Pixote," the oppressively sad portrait of a boy swept by the currents of his sordid environment into an ugly urban whirlpool of crime and violence, reflected real-life triumph for the 11-year-old Sao Paulo slum kid who played the title role so convincingly.
December 25, 1987 |
For years, Paulo Collen was one of the tens of thousands of dirty-faced, barefoot and undernourished children who prowl the streets, stealing and begging to stay alive. But at 18, he has beaten the odds. Collen today not only has a job at a civil engineering firm, he has written a book that has called nationwide attention to the millions of abandoned children in Brazil.
September 23, 1992 |
Anyone who looks at a newspaper or strolls by a TV set knows how dangerous life can be for inner-city children. Random violence and poverty make for a tough, resourceful adversary. With all the reports on drive-by shootings and economic helplessness in South-Central Los Angeles and elsewhere, we know it's bad here in the States. And if we think about it, we know it's bad, if not worse, in even poorer countries.
October 28, 1996 |
A highlight of the closing week of the AFI Film Fest is the Tuesday 8 p.m. screening at LACMA of "The Life and Death of King Richard III" (1912), the oldest known American feature film extant, which was recently donated to the AFI Archive at the Library of Congress. Noted Shakespearean actor Frederick Warde stars, and the Robert Israel Ensemble will provide accompaniment.
December 4, 1988 |
Mira Nair's "Salaam Bombay!," surprise smash hit and Camera D'Or winner at the last Cannes Film Festival, is a brilliant, passionate new film that gives us Indian city life in ways we rarely see it. Much as Hector Babenco ("Pixote"), Francois Truffaut ("The 400 Blows") and Bunuel ("Los Olvidados") before her, Nair shows us her city through the eyes of its youth: the homeless street urchins, some as young as 4, who crowd Bombay's streets by the thousands. But Nair herself is no urchin.
March 4, 1999 |
Artist Jessica Bronson, whose video installations and related works are on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art (250 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.), will introduce Andy Warhol's newly restored "Outer and Inner Space" (1965) tonight at 6:30 in the museum's Ahmanson Auditorium.