June 1, 1986
Three cheers (or is it two?) for Pat H. Broeske and John Voland for their achingly insightful analysis of the "Cobra" opening ("The Enthusiasm at Mann's Winds Down with the Movie Marathon," May 24). In between repeatedly writing themselves into the story, the two came up with such artfully original phrases as "Hollywood Boulevard is as moist and as sensible as Main Street, USA" and "Stallone/Cobra mops up the ersatz Night Stalker's army like jelly-filled nine pins." Ouch. And twice--or was it three times?
February 14, 1988
In her Outtakes item on Roman Polanski's new movie "Frantic" (Feb. 7), Pat H. Broeske writes: "There's something called d'roit auteur (rights of the author) embedded in French law, which allows the artist to protect his/her work." It certainly isn't called that by anyone speaking French. The phrase would have to be droit (or perhaps the plural droits ) d'auteur . Maybe your writer had in mind Tom Wolf, noted auteur of " D-Roit Stuff."
May 14, 1991 |
The 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, better known as the St. Louis World's Fair, boasted some 1,000 buildings--many of them magnificently ornamental--on more than 1,040 lushly landscaped acres. There were big-name guests the likes of Will Rogers and John Philip Sousa (and band, natch), and a spate of legendary "firsts," such as the introduction of the ice cream cone and--most dazzling of all--the very first use of electric lights outdoors.
June 5, 1996 |
Nowadays, a rich man's son might use his inherited wealth to vainly run for president with a two-word platform ("Flat tax!"). But Howard Hughes, as we are reminded in a plump new biography, spent his millions to acquire and run movie studios, invent and fly cutting-edge experimental aircraft, romance the most celebrated women of his era, and wield his considerable influence in the very highest circles of power. Entertainment journalists Peter Harry Brown and Pat H.
April 28, 1991
In "The Glory That Was Hollywood" (April 21), Pat H. Broeske writes that in 1960 "Spartacus" was the most expensive movie ever made. This is not true. "Ben-Hur," released in 1959, cost a well-publicized $15 million. The proper record held by "Spartacus" ($12 million) was that it was the most expensive picture ever made in the United States. "Ben-Hur" was made in Italy. ROGER DOBKOWITZ Los Angeles
October 21, 1990
One important fact was missing from Pat H. Broeske's Oct. 7 article on director Michael Cimino and "Desperate Hours." Paul Newman created the role of the homicidal psycho on Broadway, long before Humphrey Bogart repeated that role on film. It was Newman's Broadway debut, and a far cry from his leading-man parts later on. JERRY COWLE Pacific Palisades Both the Broadway production and the movie opened in 1955.