April 2, 2012 |
They were Southern women who wrote novels about race, family and the destructive mores of their native land — so it makes sense that the "American Masters" documentaries about Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee would run back to back Monday night. It also makes sense that neither of these films would break the two-hour mark — "Margaret Mitchell: An American Rebel" is 55 minutes, "Harper Lee: Hey, Boo" is 90 minutes — because these women shared another characteristic: Each wrote just one book.
August 18, 2010 |
Ann Rutherford jokes that she hasn't earned "5 cents" since the 1970s, but she's still very much in the public eye because of "Gone With the Wind. " In the beloved 1939 Civil War epic she played Scarlett's ( Vivien Leigh) optimistic youngest sister Carreen. "If anybody told me that 71 years later they would prop me up and have me talk about 'Gone With the Wind' I would have believed it because the whole world was a fan of the book. " Rutherford, a peppy 89, almost didn't get the role of Carreen in the romantic drama that also starred Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.
June 23, 2003 |
Josie Walsh's "Gone With the Whim" shouldn't be looked at too closely. At the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, this energetic two-act contemporary dance musical displayed so many problems of structure, narrative, characterization and tone on Saturday that it clearly reflected the philosophy that tomorrow is another day -- for rewrites.
June 20, 2003
Re "Police Back Officer in '99 Killing," June 17: It was with great sadness that I learned that the Los Angeles Police Department found the actions of the officer who killed Margaret Mitchell justified. Mitchell died trying to protect her meager possessions, while the police officer was trying to protect the rights of the shopping cart owner. He knew or should have known that the victim was irrational, as a large percentage of the homeless are. It is confounding that the Police Commission, the police chief, the City Council, the federal overseer and the inspector general do not have the power or the will to correct this situation.
June 17, 2003
Three years ago, the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that an officer violated the Police Department's use-of-force policy when he shot and killed Margaret Mitchell, a 55-year-old mentally ill woman armed only with a large screwdriver. The City Council settled a lawsuit by Mitchell's family for nearly $1 million. End of story? If this were a new LAPD, perhaps.
August 9, 2001 |
We will be judged someday by the way we treat our Margaret Mitchells. History will ponder our violence, our confusion and our inability to deal with those who need us most, and weigh them against the ultimate nature of our compassion. Looking back at who we are, future scholars will wonder how a culture so equipped and capable could reach into space but not into the hidden emotions of the human heart; how we could disarm a nation but not one person.