November 13, 1994 |
Talk about the comeback kid. In the late 1970s, Richard Attenborough, a veteran of some 60 films, retreated from his acting career to concentrate on full-time direct ing. It turned out to be a sound decision, and Attenborough scored some notable successes, including an Oscar for "Gandhi" (1982), which also won for best film.
December 29, 1993 |
"Shadowlands" (at the AMC Santa Monica and AMC Fine Arts) is about the romance between S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) and Joy Gresham (Debra Winger), and it's the kind of high-class weepie that titrates its tears one by one. It solemnizes heartbreak as it creeps from one emotional revelation to the next. Nothing happens in this film that isn't prepared for, and that's part of its plodding power. It works on us through its lack of surprise.
January 3, 1993
Regarding "Channeling Chaplin," by Hilary de Vries (Dec. 20): Robert Downey Jr. must adore Richard Attenborough as much as he does Chaplin, for how else would he tolerate Attenborough's condescending remarks? Attenborough has cast himself as consummate technician rescuing Downey's career from undisciplined ruin. Nowhere is it mentioned that Attenborough's films have been a stuffy lot. If early reviews are to be believed, "Chaplin" is too, relieved only by Downey's performance.
November 27, 1992 |
A Lasting 'Mousetrap': "The Mousetrap," the world's longest-running play, reached its 40th birthday in London this week, and the daily trickle of tourists at the box office bodes well for the continued survival of the Agatha Christie play-turned-institution. Put together with $20,000, "The Mousetrap" has grossed more than $45 million. The original star, Richard Attenborough, went on to become an Oscar-winning film director, but few big names have been part of it since.
January 26, 1992 |
It wasn't so long ago that La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles was nothing but a long line of citrus groves. It was a warm, slow-moving, peaceful street, and not a lot happened there. Then in January, 1918, a young man called Charles Chaplin--who had arrived in Los Angeles just four years earlier from a seedy part of London, and rapidly became the biggest name in silent movies--opened his own movie studio on La Brea.
October 10, 1991 |
Take this with as many grains of salt as you like, but filming is scheduled to get under way Friday in Ventura County on the Period Films Inc. production of "Charlie," about the life of film legend Charlie Chaplin. Sure, you say, didn't we hear that back in March? Yes, that was when location scouts began searching for appropriate settings. At about the same time, however, the film lost some financial backing and things were put on hold.