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December 13, 1985
Robert Gillette's article (Nov. 28), "Romania, a New Winter of Despair," is the most comprehensive and sensible article I have seen in the U.S. press since I left Romania 10 years ago. Also, it is the first time a sad truth is spelled out: The $12 billion Western credit meant "an unparalleled collection of industrial white elephants," playing into the Communist fixation for heavy industry. Now the people have to pay back with sweat, blood and death. Throughout their history the Romanians went through many horrors fighting Asian barbarians, Turks and Russians invasions, being well aware they were defending the Christian civilization.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Susan King
Romanian new-wave director Calin Peter Netzer ("Medal of Honor") and screenwriter Razvan Radulescu ("The Death of Mr. Lazarescu") were bouncing around ideas for a film about a dysfunctional family when they began talking about their own relationships with their parents. "We discovered we both have some kind of domineering mother," said Netzer over the phone from his home in Bucharest. The result, "Child's Pose," which opens Friday, is an Oedipal tale in the guise of a psychological thriller about a domineering mother and her obsessive love for her now-adult son. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen "Child's Pose," which won the Golden Bear last year at the Berlin Film Festival and was Romania's Oscar submission for foreign language films, derives its title from the well-known yoga pose.
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OPINION
October 26, 2009 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
Three weeks ago, when the Nobel committee awarded its literature prize to Romanian writer Herta Muller, it lauded her courageous and unflinching fictional portraits of "daily life in a stagnated dictatorship" in communist Romania. What they did not mention, however, was Muller's ongoing nonfictional critique of the leadership of post-communist Romania. Only days after she won the Nobel, Muller, who now lives in Germany, blasted her homeland for not having broken more completely with its communist past.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Child's Pose" sounds like something simple and easy, but don't be fooled. This stunning film from Romania, exceptionally written, directed and acted and winner of the Berlin Film Festival's prestigious Golden Bear, is anything but uncomplicated. A ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller, "Child's Pose" combines, as have the best of the Romanian new-wave films, a compelling personal story about mothers and sons with an examination of socio-political dynamics in a way that is both intense and piercingly real.
TRAVEL
August 13, 1989
We recently returned from two weeks in Romania. Here are a few facts that were not found in any travel book that we had read: If driving into Romania from Vienna in a rented car through Hungary, remember to ask for a "leaded" gas tank, as there is very little unleaded gas in Eastern Europe. Buy your hotel vouchers before entering an Eastern European country. They offer a real saving, as they "fix" the room rate, plus give you a ration of gas per day. Every book talks about the vouchers, but does not stress that you must buy them before your trip.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1989
The Bush Administration has strongly condemned the brutal killings of protesters by Romanian security forces, calling this action one in sharp contrast to those in the other Eastern bloc countries. The Administration is correct; the action is in sharp contrast. However, another sharp contrast is that of the response of the Administration to this event and to very similar, but undoubtedly far worse, events in Beijing last June. Those events prompted a very mild, diffident and, as we have learned since, hypocritical reaction by this Administration.
NEWS
August 31, 1985 | United Press International
President Reagan on Friday nominated a retired federal appeals judge, Malcom Wilkey, to be ambassador to Uruguay, and longtime State Department Soviet specialist Roger Kirk to be ambassador to Romania.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2004 | From Reuters
San Francisco engineering company Bechtel Corp. declined to comment on a report that the European Commission was investigating a $2.5-billion contract it received in Romania, but it defended the way the deal had been negotiated. The Financial Times reported on its website that the commission was examining the way the contract was awarded for a road linking Romania with Central Europe. "We can't comment fully until we see the specific allegations," said Bechtel spokesman Jonathan Marshall.
WORLD
January 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Fireworks and thousands of people dancing in the streets marked the entry of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union. Hopes for prosperity and stability were echoed in politicians' speeches and the chatter from residents as blue and yellow EU flags fluttered over Bucharest and Sofia. The accession of the two nations raises the EU's membership to 27, almost half of which are former communist states.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Child's Pose" sounds like something simple and easy, but don't be fooled. This stunning film from Romania, exceptionally written, directed and acted and winner of the Berlin Film Festival's prestigious Golden Bear, is anything but uncomplicated. A ferocious psychological drama with the pace of a thriller, "Child's Pose" combines, as have the best of the Romanian new-wave films, a compelling personal story about mothers and sons with an examination of socio-political dynamics in a way that is both intense and piercingly real.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
ENCINITAS - A Vista man has been arrested in the shooting death of an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker best known for his work involving the plight of orphans in Romania. Michael Vilkin, 61, was booked Thursday into county jail on a charge of murder in the death of John Upton, 56. Though the San Diego County Sheriff's Department has not revealed a motive, the shooting may have resulted from a property dispute. Upton's body was found Thursday morning outside his home in the Olivenhain section of this upscale community.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013 | By Susan Stone
BERLIN -- The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival handed out its awards Saturday, with the top prize, the Golden Bear for best film, going to the Romanian family drama and corruption tale “Child's Pose,” directed by Calin Peter Netzer. An unflinching look at life among the country's entitled and connected upper class, “Child's Pose” follows a controlling mother's attempt to bribe freedom for her ungrateful son after he kills a child from a poor family in a traffic accident.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
While most of the royal goings-ons this summer take place in Britain, here's a chance to stay at a royal residence -- in Romania. But don't expect grand furnishings or elegant decor at this property in the tiny town of Viscri. Prince Charles , according to his website, over the years has taken a keen interest in historic Saxon homes that are disappearing from the Romanian countryside. In 2006, he restored the 18th century house in Viscri, which has become part of the itinerary in a tour called the Transylvania Traverse . The trip from BikeHike Adventures based in Vancouver, Canada, features 10 days of walking, mountain biking and horseback riding through the Carpathian Mountains and the Eastern European countryside.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2012
BOOKS Debut novelist Ramona Ausubel has her characters forget time and history in "No One Is Here Except All of Us. " It's 1939, and the families of a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war closing in around them. At the suggestion of a mysterious stranger who washes up on the riverbank, they reassign spouses, children and other marks of familial history in an attempt to keep the tides of change at bay. She will be reading and signing her novel. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
After appearing as James Bond in seven hit films beginning with 1973's "Live and Let Die" and concluding with 1985's "A View to a Kill," Roger Moore put his acting career on the back burner. For two decades, he has devoted much of his time to being a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, and was knighted in 2003 for his charity work. But Saturday, he returns in Hallmark Channel's holiday fantasy "A Princess for Christmas. " Moore, 84, plays the fabulously wealthy Edward Duke of Castlebury, who invites his estranged young American niece, nephew and their aunt to his castle in the snowy countryside of a fictional European country (the film was shot in Romania)
SPORTS
July 2, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Bob and Mike Bryan, the identical twins from Camarillo, won their 11th major tennis title Saturday, defeating eighth-seeded Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (2), in the Wimbledon men's doubles final. It was the second Wimbledon championship for the twins, who tied Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with 11 titles at Grand Slam-level events. "This is as special as it gets," Mike Bryan said. "To equal the Woodies, a team that we idolized, the greatest team in our mind, is unbelievable.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
Two famous sculptures by Romanian-born artist Constantin Brancusi won't be shown in London and New York because of fears of ownership claims once they leave the country, museum and government officials said Monday. Romania's government said it wouldn't permit "Kiss" and "Torso" to be exhibited in London, a spokesman for the Tate Modern said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
NEWS
December 7, 1989 | Associated Press
Alan Green Jr., the new U.S. ambassador to Romania, presented his credentials on Wednesday to President Nicolae Ceausescu in Bucharest.
TRAVEL
November 14, 2010
BAHAMAS Cruising With the Kids Norwegian Cruise Line's "Nickelodeon All Access Cruise" has plenty of kids' entertainment aboard an amenity-packed ship. Nickelodeon characters accompany Caribbean-bound passengers, who can experience family slimings, watch screenings of hit shows and partake in poolside "game shows. " Itinerary: New York City to Port Canaveral, Fla.; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; and back to New York Dates: Feb. 20-27 Price: Starting at $949, double occupancy (single supplement is a tax-free $949)
WORLD
August 19, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
As Romanian military and civilian officials mingled at a VIP reception aboard a yacht that belonged to executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a U.S. Navy band played an American selection: the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Broadway show tunes. The occasion was Romanian Navy Day, but the message being delivered at this Black Sea port was broader than pride in the country's sailors: America, we are with you. If the musical choices weren't enough, the blunt-talking defense minister, Gabriel Oprea, made it crystal clear in his Navy Day speech, solemnly listing the names of "the heroes" who have been killed in Afghanistan.
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