September 20, 1987
The tragic conclusion of the life of Fernando Ramos da Silva, star of the movie "Pixote" ("The Short Life, Bitter Death of Pixote" by William R. Long, Sept. 4), is a poignant reminder of how strong the grip of poverty is. We in the West like to pat ourselves on the back for all our concern for the world's less fortunate. But this is the question that must be asked: Have we offered lasting solutions? Here was a boy pulled from the decay of a Brazilian slum and given the starring role in a movie about a boy in those very same conditions.
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.
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.
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.