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.
September 17, 2010 |
The flickering light of a dozen dripping candles illuminates magician Rob Zabrecky's gaunt visage and pronounced brow. Wearing an old-fashioned tuxedo, he resembles a cross between a 1920s vaudevillian and Lurch from "The Addams Family. " "Welcome to the most famous address in magic: Brookledge," he intones from the stage of an antique theater located behind a Spanish-style mansion in Hancock Park named Brookledge. It's a Friday night, and the 70 guests, all here by invitation, are insiders in the mysterious yet thriving world of illusion in Los Angeles.