June 24, 1993 |
Following are The Times' recommendations for today's schedule of the American Film Institute International Film Festival, with commentary by the film reviewing staff. All screenings , unless otherwise noted, are at Laemmle's Sunset 5, 800 Sunset Blvd. Information: (213) 466-1767. Highly Recommended: SALUTE TO FILM PRESERVATION(1:30 & 6:45 p.m.).
December 14, 1990 |
"Restorations, Rarities & Requests" continues at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Bing Theater today and Saturday with three glorious Hollywood silents. The 1926 "Ben-Hur," which will be shown with its tinted Technicolor sequences and with organist Gaylord Carter performing the original score, screens today at 1 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Douglas Fairbanks' swashbuckling "The Black Pirate" (1925) will be shown at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
June 13, 1991 |
"Dinner at Eight" began on stage, and it shows. Based on George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's successful Broadway play, the George Cukor-directed 1933 movie has the static air of a theater piece. Every scene is an interior, most filled as much with talk as with fancy furniture. "Dinner at Eight" (being shown Friday at the Wilshire Auditorium in Fullerton with the Marx Brothers' "A Night at the Opera") is a film where the action is gabbed about but happens somewhere else than on screen.
February 22, 1988 |
As part of its Tuesday Portrait of the Artist series, the Nuart is presenting Marcel Boudou's superb "Andre Malraux" along with Malraux's "Espoir" (1939), a remarkable docudrama of the Spanish Civil War, which he wrote and directed. A true Renaissance man who was at once an intellectual, artist and critic and a brave freedom fighter in Spain and in the French Resistance, Malraux died at 75 in 1976.
June 13, 2011 |
It may seem hard to believe now, but there were awards given out in Hollywood before the Oscars came along. Nine years before the first Academy Awards were handed out in 1929, the movie fan publication Photoplay magazine created the first motion picture awards. Unlike the Oscars, which are voted on by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Photoplay Magazine Medal of Honor winner was selected by readers. All the surviving winners of the medal of honor from 1920 to 1928 will be screened Monday evenings during the academy's "Summer of Silents" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
July 30, 1998 |
Who's the ideal woman? It takes all kinds, according to those who routinely encounter Orange County women from all walks of life. Each saw the ideal woman differently. The most common characteristic cited among the group: her strength. * Dr. Tandra Cadigan, a Newport Beach OB-GYN and member of the Neiman Marcus fashion board: "The ideal woman is very comfortable with who she is because there isn't just one ideal. The most important thing is to be happy and content with who you are.
March 4, 2011 |
Probably the most iconic Jean Harlow moment comes at the end of the 1933 classic MGM comedy-drama "Dinner at Eight," when Kitty, Harlow's uber-sexy dumb blond wife of a self-made tycoon, is talking to Carlotta, a high-society woman played by Marie Dressler. Kitty: "I was reading a book the other day. " Carlotta (dumbstruck): "Reading a book?" Kitty: "Yes. It's all about civilization or something. A nutty kind of book. Do you know that the guy says that machinery is going to take the place of every profession?"
August 13, 2012 |
Lupe Velez was a dynamo whose talent popped off the screen. The Mexican-born beauty, who came to fame in Douglas Fairbanks' 1927 adventure, "The Gaucho," could do anything - comedy, musicals, drama. And she could hold her own with the biggest stars, including the classic comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In the 1934 musical comedy "Hollywood Party," Velez manages to steal a slapstick scene with the duo that involves breaking eggs. "The thing I really enjoy about Lupe Velez is the sheer joy she takes in performing - you don't often seen that," said film historian Richard Barrios, author of "A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film.