October 19, 1997
In answer to Elaine Matzner (Letters, Oct. 5), who was asked to remove her knapsack from her shoulder. The reasons for this are: 1. Thieves are notorious for using knapsacks. 2. People who are wearing knapsacks are also notorious for knocking things off counters. 3. Why would anyone shopping at Harrods be wearing a knapsack at all? MARJORIE PARKER Rancho Palos Verdes
May 9, 2010 |
In Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt," when the filmmaker Fritz Lang (playing himself) meets Brigitte Bardot's character, she sings the praises of his 1952 Western, "Rancho Notorious." Lang is appreciative, but he begs to differ. "I prefer 'M,' " he says. Lang regarded "M," which opened in 1931, just two years before he fled Nazi Germany for a long if less storied Hollywood career, as his greatest achievement. Judging by its regular placement on all-time-best lists, many critics concur.
February 9, 1995
Thank you for Ron Russell's wonderful story about the Lido building ("Unreal Life," Jan. 29) and for sharing some of the rarely expressed richness of Hollywood past and present. To set the record straight, however, the building William Holden's character refers to as his home in the movie Sunset Boulevard was not the Lido, but the Alto-Nido, which is on nearby Ivar Avenue. Since you appropriately referred to the Lido as a "Nathanael West novel come to life," it's also worth noting that West himself lived down the street from the Alto-Nido at the Parva-Sed apartments, at 1817 N. Ivar, in the mid-'30s while writing "The Day of the Locust."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2000
Although we still haven't received our census form, I'm glad to see the prisoners are getting theirs delivered to them (April 20). Maybe one of the guards can come by my house and drop off a form, even if it's one of the notorious long forms. KEN MARKS Ontario
March 2, 1986
1986 is just two months old, and already two notorious dictators--Jean-Claude Duvalier of Haiti and Ferdinand Marcos--have been sent packing by their outraged subjects. Could this be a trend? Just to keep the ball rolling, I suggest that the Reagan Administration declare March "National Dictator's Month." During this time, any dictator who feels at all insecure about his tenure would be free to leave his country, no questions asked. I also propose that the Air Force scramble a special formation of airplanes--a la the Strategic Air Command--and keep them flying 24 hours a day, ready at a moment's notice to pick up these rejected rulers.
June 3, 2000
T Like Stephen Farber, I too sat in the theater watching "M:I-2" with a feeling of deja vu ("Mission: Familiar," May 31). Not only can comparisons be made to Hitchcock's "Notorious" and "North by Northwest" but to "To Catch a Thief" as well. I have always been a tremendous fan of Hitchcock's and while I agree that much of the psychological dynamics of "Notorious" are not present in "M:I-2," I don't know that it is entirely a result of the "dumbing down" of mainstream audiences. I believe that the difference has more to do with the studio's desire to pigeonhole audiences demographically, in this case by gender.