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.
December 8, 2013 |
"Metro Manila," a thriller about a poor farmer who moves his family from the rice fields of the northern Philippines to Manila in hopes of a better life, was the big winner Sunday evening in London at the Moët British Independent Film Awards, earning honors for best film, director for Sean Ellis and achievement in production. James McAvoy was named lead actor for the crime comedy "Filth," and Lindsay Duncan won lead actress for the comedy-drama "Le Week-end. " Supporting actor honors went to Ben Mendelsohn for "Starred Up," and Imogene Poots won supporting actress for "The Look of Love.
December 26, 2013 |
On the heels of her remarkable documentary "The Arbor," writer-director Clio Barnard returns to the Bradford area in northern England for a contemporary fable inspired by an Oscar Wilde fairy tale. In this version, "The Selfish Giant" is Kitten (Sean Gilder), the proprietor of a scrap yard, but the story centers on a character named Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend, Swifty (Shaun Thomas), two misfit teenagers who skip school to scavenge metal for Kitten. Arbor's on meds for what's probably ADHD, his prescription routinely nicked by his older brother to sell on the street.
February 18, 2011 |
Considering how ambitious it is, how many different narrative strands it employs, the Spanish film "Even the Rain" does a remarkably good job keeping its disparate elements involving and in harmony. A behind-the-scenes look at the trials of movie-making, a commentary on both recent historic events and those 500 years in the past, as well as a film political enough to be dedicated to the memory of radical historian Howard Zinn, "Even the Rain" is a lot for Spanish director Icíar Bollaín to attempt.
January 31, 1999
Dance National Ballet of Cuba, right, performs Alicia Alonso's acclaimed staging of the full-length classic "Giselle" on Saturday night and next Sunday afternoon in the Wiltern Theatre. Lorna Feijoo dances the title role at the evening performance, Alihaydee Carren~o at the matinee. Movies Mel Gibson stars in the thriller "Payback" as a tough antihero who gets double-crossed, left for dead--and now wants revenge.