February 6, 1986 |
A rash of bombings in crowded and well-known places continued to terrorize the city of Paris on Wednesday, the latest blast wounding nine people in the modern shopping center built on the site of the old Les Halles food market. As fears mounted, so did speculation that the bombs were being placed by terrorists from Mideast political groups trying to bend the will of the French government.
June 8, 1989 |
Last year, Franco Zeffirelli's "Otello." Now, Luigi Comencini's "La Boheme." The two, thank goodness, have little in common. Zeffirelli thought nothing of second-guessing Verdi, mutilating an operatic masterpiece in the name of cinematic art. Comencini has the good sense to trust Puccini. Trust, in this case, should not imply slavish devotion. Comencini's sensitive little film, which opens Friday at the Westside Pavilion, does take a few narrative liberties. The action is pushed forward, gently, from 1830 to 1910.
June 9, 1991 |
In the buoyant days of high school and college, when mortality is still an abstraction and the decades that stretch ahead sparkle with the wealth of possibility--it's easy to postpone learning the French subjunctive. In fact, I like to tell myself, it's easy to have the kind of experience with languages I had: That of a dabbler, a bit of a faker, a dreamy sort of linguistic dilettante who subscribed to the misguided belief that speaking in another tongue is a simple matter of verbal algebra.
August 15, 2010 |
The Jokers A Novel Albert Cossery, translated from the French by Anna Moschovakis NYRB Classics: 146 pp.,$14.95 paper A Splendid Conspiracy A Novel Albert Cossery, translated from the French by Alyson Waters New Directions: 216 pp., $14.95 paper Albert Cossery, who died in 2008 at age 94, ought to be a household name. He's that good: an elegant stylist, an unrelenting ironist, his great subject the futility of ambition "in a world where everything is false.
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October 19, 2007 |
Joey Bishop, the deadpan comedian who was ABC's answer to NBC's late-night talk show king Johnny Carson in the late 1960s and was the last surviving member of Frank Sinatra's legendary Rat Pack, has died. He was 89. Bishop, who had been in failing health for some time, died Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach, according to his longtime friend, publicist Warren Cowan. An adept ad-libber with a dry, underplayed sense of humor, Bishop achieved his greatest fame in the '60s.
September 24, 2000 |
THE VENICE HOME OF ENRIQUE MART'NEZ CELAYA ays as much about the artist's past as it does about his present life. "I look at my house as one more aspect of my work," says Mart'nez Celaya of the former art gallery. "I wanted the house to reflect my own personal sensibilities: a mixture of minimalism, which I love, but also my Spanish heritage."