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January 1, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The new year brings Satyajit Ray's great Apu trilogy to the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theater while the Hollywood Entertainment Museum will present a retrospective of the films of Sergei Paradjanov. Both presentations will feature documentaries that will serve as fine introductions to these two major directors. Priyanka Kumar's "The Song of the Little Road" (Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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January 1, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The new year brings Satyajit Ray's great Apu trilogy to the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theater while the Hollywood Entertainment Museum will present a retrospective of the films of Sergei Paradjanov. Both presentations will feature documentaries that will serve as fine introductions to these two major directors. Priyanka Kumar's "The Song of the Little Road" (Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS
1--"The Sacrifice" (Sweden, Andrei Tarkovsky). 2--"The Legend of Surami Fortress" (U.S.S.R., Sergei Paradjanov and David Abashidze). 3--"Kaos" (Italy, the Taviani brothers). 4--"Summer" (France, Eric Rohmer). 5--"Hannah and Her Sisters" 6--"Blue Velvet" 7--"Tracks in the Snow" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 8--"Taste of Water" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 9--"Ruthless People" (U.S., Jim Abrahams, David & Jerry Zucker). 10--"Heartbreak Ridge" (U.S., Clint Eastwood).
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1987 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
The dazzling "The Legend of Surami Fortress," directed by Soviet Georgia's controversial Sergei Paradjanov is the work of a true visionary. The elliptical film, opening at the Fox International in Venice on Friday, is a celebration of an ancient world where Christianity was still intermixed with Muslim beliefs, which dictated rituals and ceremonies that were often as cruel as the existence to which they gave meaning.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1987 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
The dazzling "The Legend of Surami Fortress," directed by Soviet Georgia's controversial Sergei Paradjanov is the work of a true visionary. The elliptical film, opening at the Fox International in Venice on Friday, is a celebration of an ancient world where Christianity was still intermixed with Muslim beliefs, which dictated rituals and ceremonies that were often as cruel as the existence to which they gave meaning.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1989 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
The American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival continues at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas this weekend. Highlights from today's and Sunday's program follow. SUNDAY 'Ashik Kerib' Soviet Union, 1988, 90 minutes 6:30 p.m. Co-director Sergei Paradjanov ("Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors," "The Color of Pomegranates") has created another rapturously strange, eccentric fairy tale: a poor minstrel's 7-year odyssey to prevent his loved one from forced marriage by her Turkish merchant father.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gaunt man (Victor Solovyov) in a filthy white uniform escapes at night from a prison in an industrial area, making his way to a large hammer-and-sickle monument made of rotting sheet metal and standing on a bridge embankment. He peels back a section in order to take refuge inside. Yuri Illienko's "Swan Lake--The Zone" (at the Monica 4-Plex) is a film of such astonishing poetic beauty and such constant surprise that what happens after this opening sequence really should not be revealed.
BOOKS
December 7, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, Kevin Thomas is a film reviewer for The Times
Judy Stone, the San Francisco Chronicle's highly respected film reviewer-interviewer (now retired from daily reviewing), has led as lively a life as many of the filmmakers we encounter in her "Eye on the World: Conversations With International Filmmakers," and that's what makes her book so rewarding.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1991 | Kevin Thomas
1. Swan Lake--The Zone. Yuri Illienko's poetic account of a Gulag ordeal, based on stories by the late Sergei Paradjanov, evolves into a Christian parable expressed in astonishingly beautiful imagery. 2. Queen of Diamonds. The second feature film of formidable experimental filmmaker Nina Menkes is a lonely Las Vegas odyssey with feminist implications. 3. Requiem for Dominic.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 1993 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
FilmForum is presenting at 8 tonight at Hollywood Moguls, 1650 N. Hudson St., what is sure to be one of its most entertaining programs in its "Dirty Movies: A Peek at the Underground from the '60s to the '90s." It's an evening dedicated to Andy Warhol, and it commences with one of Warhol's most accessible yet rarely revived films, "My Hustler" (1965). Truly timeless, it's a coolly amusing observation of a bitchy afternoon on Fire Island.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS
1--"The Sacrifice" (Sweden, Andrei Tarkovsky). 2--"The Legend of Surami Fortress" (U.S.S.R., Sergei Paradjanov and David Abashidze). 3--"Kaos" (Italy, the Taviani brothers). 4--"Summer" (France, Eric Rohmer). 5--"Hannah and Her Sisters" 6--"Blue Velvet" 7--"Tracks in the Snow" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 8--"Taste of Water" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 9--"Ruthless People" (U.S., Jim Abrahams, David & Jerry Zucker). 10--"Heartbreak Ridge" (U.S., Clint Eastwood).
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the years since the downfall of the shah, post-revolutionary Iranian films have been almost entirely unavailable. But that seems to be changing. Only last week, Darioush Mehrjui's lively social satire "The Tenants" opened a two-week run at the Monica 4-Plex, and now the UCLA Film Archive presents the comprehensive "A Decade of Iranian Cinema," which commences Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Melnitz Theater and runs through April 11.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1992 | KEVIN THOMAS and MICHAEL WILMINGTON, Compiled by Michael Wilmington
These are The Times' recommendations for today's schedule of the American Film Institute International Film Festival, with commentary by the film-reviewing staff. All screenings are at Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St. Information: (213) 466-1767. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: "PAST AND PRESENT"(Portugal, 1971; Manoel de Oliveira; 1 & 6:15 p.m.).
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