May 21, 1990 |
American director David Lynch's "Wild at Heart," a bloody, sexually explicit black comedy, won the the Golden Palm award today at the 43rd Cannes film festival, a decision which drew a mixture of boos and whoops of delight from the audience. French actor Gerard Depardieu won the first Best Actor award of his career for his leading role in Jean-Paul Rappeneau's "Cyrano de Bergerac."
July 26, 1997 |
Brian Glover, the robust English character actor who liked to joke about his hefty size, died Thursday of complications from a brain tumor, his agent said. He was 63. Born in the Yorkshire town of Barnsley in the north of England, Glover began his career as a teacher and professional wrestler, turning to acting in his 30s.
December 21, 1990 |
The British director Ken Loach is a filmmaker equally at home with the documentary and the drama. His fictional films are often based on ripped-from-the-headlines political skirmishes, and that gives them a verity that sometimes makes them seem more "important" than they really are. His new movie, "Hidden Agenda," which won the 1990 Special Jury Prize at Cannes, is a taut, straightforward example of Loach's craftsmanship.
August 12, 2010 |
Would the movie world be the same without " Happy-Go-Lucky," "Man on Wire" or "Gosford Park"? That's the question, in essence, being asked by film figures on both sides of the Atlantic in a growing controversy over the announcement by the new British government that it plans to abolish the UK Film Council, which provides millions of pounds annually to British-based independent productions. The group also offers logistical and other support to Hollywood studios filming in Britain.
September 19, 2009 |
Left, right or center, there's two things nearly everybody in Hollywood agrees on: There's no disease that can't be cured by raising enough money and the state of Israel deserves unabashed support. These days, sympathy for Israel puts the American entertainment industry at odds with much of the European film and academic communities. In those circles, vehement criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and boycotts of Israeli scholars and artists have become almost fashionable.
October 15, 2010 |
It's easy to see why feature-debuting writer-director Ben Wheatley's darkly funny but unexpectedly jolting "Down Terrace" has been described as " 'The Sopranos' as if imagined by Mike Leigh or Ken Loach," but the film is so distinctive and idiosyncratic it still feels unique. It is set largely in a row house in Brighton's Down Terrace neighborhood, well away from the seaside resort's famous landmarks, that is home to Bill (Robert Hill, whose home it actually is), his wife, Maggie (Julia Deakin)