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.
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.
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.
November 20, 1994 |
Director Les Mayfield pulls off a fairly creditable remake of the classic "Miracle on 34th Street," but there is one scene, lasting only a minute or two, in which the holiday themes of faith and charity are especially crystallized. In the scene, a young deaf girl is brought to sit on the lap of Kriss Kringle at the fictional Cole's department store. Kringle (Richard Attenborough), who hasn't been told of the child's disability, asks her what she would like for Christmas.