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December 10, 1990 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reinaldo Arenas, whose realistic novels and poems were couched in surrealistic images and often centered on the death of the artist, has killed himself. The Cuban-born writer who was imprisoned and ostracized in his native land after his disillusion with the Castro regime, was 47 when he died after taking a combination of pills and alcohol.
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August 6, 2000 | JONATHAN LEVI
Back in his glory days, Edwin Edwards, the former governor of Louisiana, used to tease reporters by saying that the only way he'd be driven out of office would be if they found him in bed with a live boy or a dead girl. Even today, the National Enquirer will solemnly rumor same-sex trysts involving this or that exalted figure as if the mere report could jettison a career.
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August 6, 2000 | JONATHAN LEVI
Back in his glory days, Edwin Edwards, the former governor of Louisiana, used to tease reporters by saying that the only way he'd be driven out of office would be if they found him in bed with a live boy or a dead girl. Even today, the National Enquirer will solemnly rumor same-sex trysts involving this or that exalted figure as if the mere report could jettison a career.
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January 30, 1994 | CHRIS GOODRICH
BEFORE NIGHT FALLS: A Memoir by Reinaldo Arenas, translated by Dolores M. Koch (Viking: $23; 316 pp.). Reinaldo Arenas is probably less well-known these days for his fiction than his death--by suicide, in New York City in 1990, before complete debilitation by AIDS.
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June 9, 1991 | Michael Harris
THE DOORMAN by Reinaldo Arenas , translated from the Spanish by Dolores M. Koch (Grove Weidenfeld: $16.95; 208 pp.) . A Cuban refugee named Juan works as a doorman at a New York apartment building. Idealistic but melancholy, he believes that he is destined to lead people through a greater "door," to happiness and spiritual fulfillment--if he can only figure out where it is. Juan tries to discuss this with the residents but fails.
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April 23, 1991 | Sheila Benson, Compiled by Michael Wilmington
Recommended: "HAVANA"(Great Britain; Jana Bokova; Nuart; 9 p.m.) A rich, infectious portrait of a Havana which, in Czech-born filmmaker Jana Bokova's lenses, is crumbling around its people's heads. Though a devastating portrait of the suppression of artists and "deviants," one long street sequence of an impromptu rhumba competition catches the indomitable nature of the Cubanos themselves.
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February 1, 1997
Regarding "The Van Has Arrived," Calendar, Jan. 23: "What does the artist do in a brutal, totalitarian society? Can art ever claim to be above politics?" asked the British newspaper the Guardian after the opening of Ronald Hardwood's play "Taking Sides." "Taking Sides" deals with the case against the gifted German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, who decided to stay and work in Nazi Germany when many of his colleagues, because they were Jews, were forced to leave and while other non-Jews, opponents of the Hitler dictatorship, chose exile as an act of protest.
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November 13, 2002 | Dana Calvo, Times Staff Writer
Competition for the foreign-language film Oscar is already coming from filmmakers on distant shores. Spain has entered Fernando Leon's "Los Lunes al Sol" ("Mondays in the Sun"), a drama about unemployed dockyard workers. It stars Javier Bardem, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as writer Reinaldo Arenas in "Before Night Falls" (2000). Italy has submitted Roberto Benigni's "Pinocchio," the live-action version of the fairy tale.
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March 25, 2001 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The victory streak continues for the Chinese-language film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," which garnered best director, best supporting actress and best feature honors at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. The multiple wins, coming a day before the Academy Awards, cap a monthlong series of prizes bestowed on the martial arts romantic drama and its director, Ang Lee. The movie has been nominated for several Academy Awards, including best picture and director.
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July 22, 2003 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Spanish screen heartthrob Javier Bardem grew a beard and added a few pounds for "Mondays in the Sun," in which he plays the ringleader of a band of former shipyard workers whose lives are upended when their plant is shut down and their jobs are exported to Asia.
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December 10, 1990 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reinaldo Arenas, whose realistic novels and poems were couched in surrealistic images and often centered on the death of the artist, has killed himself. The Cuban-born writer who was imprisoned and ostracized in his native land after his disillusion with the Castro regime, was 47 when he died after taking a combination of pills and alcohol.
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