November 25, 2011
The extraordinary double agent at the center of the artful documentary "Garbo: The Spy" never comes into sharp focus as a definable character — and that makes perfect sense for one of the 20th century's masters of deception. The inspiration for Graham Greene's "Our Man in Havana" and a key engineer of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, Juan Pujol is nothing less than fascinating. "Garbo: The Spy" takes a fittingly inventive approach to the story of an operative whose MI5 code name reflected his supreme talents as an actor.
December 24, 2011
I must recommend the 400-year-old historic La Casa del Garbo bed-and-breakfast on the Piazza della Signoria across from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. We stayed there for two weeks for less than 100 euro a night (about $132). The staff - Natalia, Virgilio, Bobby and all - were great. What a great location. We traveled in November and not a crowd anywhere. La Casa del Garbo, 8 Piazza della Signoria; 011-39-055-293366, http://www.casadelgarbo.it . High-season rates from $117 for rooms and from $166 for suites.
April 7, 1985
What a pity that the new format for the Oscar presentations precludes the appearance of the great actresses of the past--active or otherwise! Surely Davis, De Havilland, Garbo, Hepburn, Stanwyck, Young, Wyman, Lupino, Loy, Sidney, Rogers, Colbert, Dunne, Dietrich and many others can't all be dead! Shame on you, Mr. Peck and Co., for your sexism! GERARD RUSSAK Sepulveda
July 16, 2006
NOTHING new. Hollywood never controlled its money ["When the 'Yes' Becomes a 'No,' " on studios getting skittish about high-budget films, July 9]. Louis B. Mayer paid Greta Garbo $12,500 a week (52 weeks a year) in 1930 money. That $12,500, according to the Federal Reserve, is $146,000 in 2005 dollars and was paid at a time when income tax was 3%. AXEL MADSEN Hollywood Hills Madsen has written several books, including "Chanel: A Woman of Her Own" and "Gloria and Joe."
October 1, 1987 |
Jean Batten, an aviator who 50 years ago was nearly as widely known around the world as Amelia Earhart, died in obscure poverty five years ago and is buried in a pauper's grave in Spain, the Times of London reported this week. The woman who once shared the International League of Aviators (Harmon) Award with Howard Hughes was believed to have been 73 when she died.
February 29, 2008 |
Coincidence stretches credulity in "Vivere," a small German film about three women whose lives intersect over one fateful Christmas Eve. Francesca (Esther Zimmering) is the elder daughter of a histrionic Italian father and a German mother who left the family when Francesca was a child. She lives with her father and younger sister, Antonietta (Kim Schnitzer), in a small apartment on the outskirts of Cologne, where Francesca dutifully waits on her family and drives a cab at night.