January 30, 2014 |
Where director Anthony Mann is concerned, there are two kinds of people: those who admire him extravagantly (Jean-Luc Godard, who called him "Supermann," is in that group) and those who are unfamiliar with his output. A new UCLA Film & Television Archive series is ambitious enough to pitch its appeal to both groups. Starting Jan. 31 at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood, the 22-picture film series "Dark City, Open Country: The Films of Anthony Mann" features both the acknowledged classics that made Mann's modern critical reputation and the early, little-seen Poverty Row programmers he honed his craft on. A director of many parts who closed his career doing historical epics like "El Cid" and "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (neither of which fits into the UCLA program)
December 15, 2013 |
Actor Peter O'Toole, the swashbuckling star who received eight Academy Award nominations over a distinguished film career, died Saturday in London, his agent, Steve Kenis, said in an email to The Times. O'Toole was 81. A cause of death was not immediately disclosed. O'Toole's career spanned more than 50 years, reaching worldwide fame in the 1962 David Lean epic “Lawrence of Arabia.” He received his final Oscar nomination for lead actor in 2007 for “Venus,” a bittersweet British drama about an elderly London actor.
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December 13, 2013
Audrey Totter, 95, a blond leading lady of 1940s film noir who starred as a tough-talking dame in "Lady in the Lake," "The Set-Up" and "High Wall," died Thursday at West Hills Hospital, said her daughter, Mea Lane. Totter, a Woodland Hills resident, had a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure. Although she had a relatively short film career, Totter created memorable movie moments while under contract with MGM from 1944 to the early '50s. A former radio actress, she had a small part in "The Postman Always Rings Twice," the 1946 movie based on James M. Cain's pulp novel.
July 10, 2013 |
"Los Angeles Past, Present and Future," a new film series opening July 19 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is a companion to its exhibition "The Presence of the Past. " The series opens at the Bing Theater with a rarity: 1925's "The Salvation Hunters," which marked the feature debut of director Josef von Sternberg, who is best known for the melodramas he made with Marlene Dietrich, such as 1930's "The Blue Angel" and "Morocco. " The independent production starring Georgia Hale ("The Gold Rush")
April 11, 2013 |
If you haven't found your way over to the Egyptian Theatre to partake of the perfectly pulpy fun of the 15th annual Festival of Film Noir, it is not too late. One of my favorites is there Friday night as part of the double feature package of film based on just two of some 30-plus novels and stories from crime fiction maestro Cornell Woolrich that would make it to the big screen. Some like "Rear Window" would become classics. Few, though, have made it to DVD. That's what makes Friday night's noir lineup -- a cooperative effort between the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation -- such a rare treat.
April 11, 2013 |
International cinema takes the spotlight with the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles continuing at the ArcLight Hollywood multiplex, the UCLA Film and Television Archive's celebration of Iranian cinema opening Saturday at the Billy Wilder Theater, followed by the 17th City of Lights, City of Angels French film celebration opening Monday at the Directors Guild of America with the North American premiere of Daniele Thompson's "It Happened in...