May 2, 1997 |
The casting director working on Gregor Nicholas' interracial love story "Broken English" spotted Aleksandra Vujcic, the young woman who would become the film's co-star, in an Auckland, New Zealand, bar. It was a good break for Vujcic, who didn't mind giving up her receptionist's job, and an even better break for Nicholas.
March 5, 1995
Re: "From the Ashes of a Ravaged Land" (by Kristine McKenna, Feb. 26): Let's see if I got this lesson on former Yugoslavia right: It was a communist paradise, where everybody was wealthy and happy and you could sleep in a park without fear of mugging. Then all of a sudden militant separatists fooled ordinary folk into believing they should break into separate countries, Muslims were pitted against Christians, and presto! a war! And not only have tens of thousands died, but worse yet, a "fantastic" communist actor with "big heart" (director Milcho Manchevski's words)
February 24, 1995 |
The ancient beauty of the Macedonian landscape in "Before the Rain" is a heartbreaking contrast to the violence within its borders. The expanses--the pure, limitless vistas and star-clustered night skies--are like fairy-tale enclosures for a tale of fratricidal horror. Even though the film deals with the current Balkan crises the landscape keeps drawing you back in time. The ongoing wars, we are made to feel, are as ancient as the terrain.
January 13, 1988 |
UCLA Film Archives' "Yugoslav Film Today" series presents six more features this week in Melnitz Theater. As before, they are of varying merit, and they all possess a heavy quality and a slowness of pace that makes all but the very finest Yugoslav films a chore to watch. What's most impressive about all the films in this series is their candor about life in a socialist state, in the past and in the present. Zoran Tadic's "Dreaming of a Rose" (1986), which screens at 5:30 p.m.
January 27, 1989 |
Sweetly randy, politically seditious and captivatingly pretty, "Manifesto" (at Cineplex Beverly Center only) is director Dusan Makavejev working at the top of his ironic form. Taking off from an Emile Zola story about a very young and beautiful aristocrat with a spotless image and a taste for sport among her manservants, Makavejev has added his own pungent views on zealots of every stripe, and created a deliciously bawdy fairy tale spun in confectionary colors.
April 4, 1997 |
What's the Saint doing in "The Saint"? Directed by Phillip Noyce, best known for "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," both Tom Clancy adaptations, "The Saint" is meant to be that kind of James Bond/Batman franchise picture, a large-scale action adventure with running and chasing and things blowing up all over town.