March 4, 1994 |
"Savage Nights," the born-to-be-controversial French film, teaches several lessons, most of them unintentional. * It shows how a sensation in one culture can turn wearing in another, that a story nominally about AIDS may be about something else entirely and, contrary to what so many movies have indicated, that having a fatal illness does not necessarily ennoble the person involved.
August 26, 1991 |
A Gato Barbieri performance is not so much a jazz concert as it is a geothermal incident. The Argentine tenor saxophonist certainly has his jazz credentials, having worked with a range spanning Lalo Schifrin and avant garde trumpeter Don Cherry before taking off on his own in 1969. But the sound pouring from his instrument's bell at the Coach House Friday evening was nothing short of a volcanic eruption. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1993
It's school time again, and even those without children are reminded of that by the big yellow buses back on the street and the increase in traffic. It's all part of the excitement--and anxiety--that a new school year in Los Angeles brings. Los Angeles Unified School District, still feeling the effects of crippling budget problems and a bitter labor dispute, has openings for 650 teachers. Many teachers left the district after a 10% pay cut.
September 9, 1993 |
Movie critic Pauline Kael is not known for gushing, but when "Last Tango in Paris" came out in 1972, she went into an uncustomary swoon. In a long piece in the New Yorker that was as much essay as critique, she wrote that Bernardo Bertolucci's film "has made the strongest impression on me in almost 20 years of reviewing." The picture caused more than a sensation with the formidable Ms. Kael.
September 19, 1995 |
It was business as usual at the Monterey Festival over the weekend. The venerable event celebrated its 38th installment with a characteristic array of music that included everything from Dixieland and be-bop to mainstream and acid jazz. What was missing was any real sense of innovation.
November 17, 1994 |
Much of the interest in "Loulou," Maurice Pialat's 1980 movie about hard-nosed romance, comes from watching French stars Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert at earlier, less commercial plateaus in their careers. Pialat, a former painter known for the earnest realism of his films, tells the story of Nelly (Huppert) and Loulou (Depardieu), a pair of lovers who connect despite the disadvantage of having little in common besides a flash point of sexual attraction.
April 7, 1996 |
Sonny Canterino, who until 1974 owned and operated New York's Half Note jazz club where legendary saxophonist John Coltrane often played, now loves to go out to jazz clubs at least once a week with friends. I see him all the time at sleek little Bradley's near New York University, the famed Village Vanguard and the regal Tavern on the Green. Recently he leaned over to me from a nearby table at the Tavern and quipped: "I had monk fish--Thelonious Monkfish. It's really good, 'round about midnight."
November 13, 2013 |
Legendary Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci is a commanding figure at the age of 73 as his wheelchair rolls into a private dining room at a Beverly Hills hotel. He's wearing a wide-brim hat and aviator sunglasses, but over an espresso, he proves to be far more charming than imposing. The Academy Award-winning director is making his first visit to Los Angeles in more than a decade. He's been using a wheelchair since then following repeated back surgery. For a while he went into a deep depression and became a recluse in his home in Rome.
March 11, 1994 |
As a scenario, it's hard to beat: a handsome young French filmmaker, stricken with AIDS, struggles to complete an autobiographical movie about his experiences. Upon its release, the movie proves to be a European sensation. Its director dies just three days before the industry honors the movie with four Cesars, the French equivalent of the Oscar, including best picture.