March 24, 1989 |
This week's big video release is "Big" (CBS/Fox, $89.95, PG). Following by a week the video release of another Tom Hanks picture, "Punchline," this comedy-fantasy is about a boy who wishes himself into adulthood, carrying his pubescent mind along for the wild ride. "Funny, warm, sophisticated and highly imaginative," wrote Kevin Thomas in The Times. Also highly successful, with a $111 million box-office gross. Many fans of director Costa-Gavras felt betrayed by "Betrayed" (MGM/UA, $89.
March 30, 1995 |
The Italian Cultural Institute--Istituto Italiano di Cultura--christened its new Westwood quarters Tuesday with a lavish party for more than 1,000 guests, including legendary film director Michelangelo Antonioni and actress Sophia Loren. With the arrival of Antonioni, who received an honorary Academy Award on Monday, the two-story center on Hilgard Avenue officially opened as the Italian government's effort to bridge the cultural divide between the two nations.
February 5, 1995 |
Remember when people thought Bono just wanted to be God? Now he wants to be Joe Eszterhas. Yes, U2's singer has written a screenplay, and he's got no less than esteemed German director Wim Wenders set to direct it. Production on the film, titled "The Million Dollar Hotel," will probably begin this summer, after Wenders has finished producing veteran director Michelangelo Antonioni's film "Par Dela Les Nuages." But no, Bono is not expected to take an on-screen role in the project.
July 10, 2011 |
The most significant figure in all of postwar Soviet cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky died in 1986 at age 54, leaving behind only seven features, the first five produced in the Soviet Union and the last two in Italy and Sweden. The son of a poet, Tarkovsky made deliberate, cryptic films that dealt with such intangibles as the mysteries of existence, the contradictions of faith, the power of art and — most indelibly — the passing of time. He was hardly the first or only filmmaker to engage with questions of temporality in film.
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February 4, 2011 |
Maria Schneider, the French actress who appeared opposite Marlon Brando in "Last Tango in Paris," the 1972 movie whose strong sexual content stirred international controversy, has died. She was 58. Schneider died in Paris on Thursday after a long illness, her family told Agence France Presse. She was a voluptuous, 19-year-old newcomer with long, curly brown hair framing a youthful face when she was cast in writer-director Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris," in which she played a young engaged Parisian woman looking for an apartment to rent.
March 7, 2011 |
At age 102, the visionary Portuguese grand master writer-director Manoel de Oliveira is celebrating his 80th year as a filmmaker with a magical masterpiece, the enchanting yet provocative "The Strange Case of Angelica," a stunning tribute to the power of the image and the longing for perfect love that Oliveira suggests can exist only with the possibility of an afterlife. This fresh, highly original film, inspired by Oliveira's substantially different, never-filmed 1952 script, has been made with the greatest of ease and simplicity and with drollery and wit, yet its underlying impact is profoundly spiritual.
August 3, 2007 |
The whole suburbs-as-repository-of-psychic-despair thing has been pretty well covered, what with "Blue Velvet," "American Beauty" and "Desperate Housewives" working that particular cul-de-sac of the subdivision. "Laura Smiles" has little to add to the conversation, so writer-director Jason Ruscio resorts to timeline trickery and a general undercurrent of glacial malaise to hold things together.
July 13, 1993 |
The nagging, puzzling conundrum of Vietnam veterans missing in action takes on different guises, depending on who is talking. If a Pentagon official is talking, it often sounds like an embarrassed government official trying to cover his backside. If a conspiracy theorist is talking, it often sounds like a huge government cover-up of a policy that sacrificed soldiers for foreign policy--a kind of Vietnam within Vietnam.