July 12, 1990 |
It is, quite simply, the finest movie ever made. The bare plot of "The Third Man" doesn't seem like much: An American, a writer, comes to postwar Vienna and discovers that his friend has died. As the American unravels the story behind the death, it soon becomes apparent that the man was murdered. The American falls in love and, in the end, learns a little about love and loyalty--too late, alas, to help himself.
February 20, 2012
SERIES Martha Speaks: The animated kids' show about a dog that can talk is back for another season (9 a.m. KVCR; 3 p.m. KLCS). Gossip Girl: The comedy troupe Upright Citizen's Brigade takes an interest in Dan's (Penn Badgley) book in this new episode of the drama (8 p.m. KTLA). Love Lust: The pop culture-themed series explores the allure of lingerie (8 p.m. Sundance). Basketball Wives: The docu-soap about hoop stars' better halves returns with new episodes (8 p.m. VH1)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2000 |
Stepping into the middle of a dispute between a hillside developer and Pacific Palisades residents, Los Angeles officials have begun erecting a $150,000 safety fence between a cliff and nearby homes. Officials said Tuesday that they took the unusual step of hiring a private contractor to build the wall after developer Nasser Ahdoot failed to meet a deadline last week to construct it himself.
August 5, 1998 |
Eva Bartok, colorful Hungarian-born actress who made more than 40 films under several flags in the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Crimson Pirate" opposite Burt Lancaster, has died. She was 69. Bartok, almost as famous for her romantic liaisons as her acting, died Saturday in a London hospital. She reportedly had heart problems.
February 10, 1994 |
Charles Boyer is probably best remembered as the quintessential Gallic heartthrob of the 1930s and '40s. But Boyer may have turned in his most memorable performance when he played against his suave and romantic screen image in George Cukor's psychological mystery-drama, "Gaslight."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1992
I refer to your July 5 article "Memos Show Herschensohn Watergate Role." I was in daily touch with Bruce from August, 1973, through 1974 and I am perhaps in a better position to attest to his genuine qualities than the memos cited in the article, with which I take no issue. The memos reflect only the man's duties at the time, which are only in contradiction with a sterling character because of their proximity to the Watergate scandal. To believe Richard Nixon innocent does not disqualify Herschensohn from serving the good people of California in the U.S. Senate.
August 16, 1990 |
"The Crimson Pirate" is a spoof of all those pirate movies that had Errol Flynn leaping about and skewering evil Spanish dons and just generally being gallant as hell. This time it's Burt Lancaster who gets to swing on ropes, bounce off canopies and otherwise put his acrobatic skills to good use. He turns out to be a fine comic actor, and his pirates are just as funny: They say "arrrgh" a lot and tend to get their peg legs stuck in the grills over the hatches.