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.
September 3, 1987 |
A militant black anti-apartheid group demanded Wednesday that film director Richard Attenborough allow it to censor his forthcoming film, "Cry Freedom," which tells the story of Steve Biko, the founder of South Africa's black consciousness movement who was killed while in police custody. The Azanian People's Organization, which considers itself the only true heir of Biko's political legacy, threatened to launch an international campaign against the film if Attenborough refuses.