January 30, 2012
Jeanne Crain The star was best known for her girl-next-door roles in "State Fair" and "Margie" when she was cast as an African American woman from the South who passed for white while studying in the North in 1949's "Pinky. " Mel Ferrer The actor made his film debut in the 1949 drama "Lost Boundaries" playing a physician who decides to pass for white after he is denied jobs when he applies as a black man. Susan Kohner Kohner, the daughter of Mexican actress Lupita Tovar and Austrian-Hungarian agent Paul Kohner, played a light-skinned daughter of a maid in the 1959 melodrama "Imitation of Life.
March 19, 1988 |
It is said, accurately enough, that the film business is more international than ever. Creators, productions and performers move around the world more freely and continuously than they ever have before. A Swedish cinematographer shoots a Woody Allen film in New York, having finished an American production in provincial France. Five directors, none a U.S. citizen, are nominated for Academy Awards, and four of their films had principal American financing.
August 19, 2009 |
The glossy, Ã¼ber-melodramatic films of director Douglas Sirk and producer Ross Hunter, which were so popular in the 1950s, are deceptively simple. The glitz, glamour, Dior necklaces and Russell Metty's florid cinematography are a kind of ruse that allowed Sirk to explore such serious issues as sexual mores, class structure and racism. Todd Haynes was significantly influenced by Sirk, especially his 1955 "All That Heaven Allows," in his acclaimed 2002 drama, "Far From Heaven." Directors including the late Rainer Werner Fassbinder and "Inglourious Basterds' " Quentin Tarantino have also tipped their hat to Sirk.
May 4, 1989 |
Jack Cummings, who died a few days ago at the age of 84 and whose services were Monday, spent his professional career as a producer at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The titles of the films he produced ring bells in any filmgoer's or television-watcher's memory. They run backward in time from the Elvis Presley film "Viva Las Vegas" to "Born to Dance." Musicals were his strong suit, as they were MGM's, and Cummings produced, among others: "Bathing Beauty," "Three Little Words," "Lovely to Look At," "Kiss Me Kate," "Can Can," and the one he was always proudest of, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."
October 18, 2009 |
Director brothers Paul and Chris Weitz didn't plan it this way. Yes, they're both releasing new films within weeks of each other and, yes, each of those new movies is an adaptation of a popular young-adult vampire novel: Paul's "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant," is due out Friday, while Chris' "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" is set for release Nov. 20. Both use fantastic casts of characters to deal with serious real-world themes -- the nature...
April 11, 1997
"Hollywood's Gentleman Agent," an exhibition celebrating the extraordinary career of the late Paul Kohner, is running at the Goethe Institute and run through May 31. Kohner, the son of a Czechoslovakian theater owner, arrived in New York in 1920 at 18 and began as an office boy for Carl Laemmle at the New York branch of Universal Studios. He later moved to Hollywood, where he become a producer and married Mexican movie star Lupita Tovar.