February 12, 1994
In Charles Champlin's appreciation "Joseph Cotten: The Film Actor and the Gentleman" (Feb. 8), he mentions that Cotten played "the steadying father seeing his family through World War II" in "Since You Went Away." Champlin should take another look. The father never appears. He is overseas and missing in action. Cotten plays his best friend, a naval officer who visits the girls. JERRY MARTIN, Santa Monica
December 16, 1985 |
In case you missed "The Herdsman" when it was shown as part of UCLA's Xie Jin retrospective, you have another chance to see this outstanding film by China's greatest director when it screens tonight at the Nuart as part of its Monday evening Chinese Film Series. Once again Xie displays his special gift at bringing intimacy and grace to the epic form.
September 16, 1988
Movies If fantasy-adventure fans don't get a charge out of "Batteries Not Included" (MCA, $89.95, PG), at least it might help keep them occupied until "E.T." arrives Oct. 27. Like "Cocoon," "Batteries" concerns elderly humans who have a run-in with beings from outer space. "Presented" but not directed by Steven Spielberg (who did direct "E.T.," just to confuse you), "Batteries" stars Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.
September 18, 1994 |
This witty and stylish Carol Reed-Graham Greene 1949 film noir is set in seedy postwar Vienna and stars Joseph Cotten as a brash, naive American ensnared by danger and intrigue. With Aliva Valli, Trevor Howard, Anton Karas' famous zither score--and, of course, Orson Welles (pictured) as the slippery Harry Lime (A&E Sunday at 8 a.m., Monday at 1 a.m.). Other four-star films airing this week: North by Northwest TNT, Monday, 7 p.m. High Noon TBS, Tuesday, 9:05 p.m.
November 23, 1995
Leonardo Bercovici, 87, veteran screenwriter and educator who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Bercovici, who worked for the film division of the Office of War Information during World War II, testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1951. He denied that he was a Communist, but refused to state whether he had ever been involved in the party. He lost his U.S. passport, regaining it in 1956, and moved to Europe for several years.