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Veteran character actor Arthur Kennedy--who played roles ranging from the dreamy idealist to the cynical heel in more than 70 movies and was a five-time Oscar nominee--has died of cancer in Branford, Conn., a family friend said Saturday. Kennedy, 75, died Friday night at the Connecticut Hospital in Branford, where he had been admitted in October, said Allan Nixon, a longtime friend and fellow actor.
Film preservation is a growth industry these days, with the UCLA Film and Television Archive far from alone in restoring and preserving fiction and nonfiction films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Film Archive collection of 15,000 titles includes films from the early days of motion pictures, documentaries and Oscar-winning and nominated films.
If you love movies, but can't stand the crowds lining up for the newest summer releases, there are plenty of local alternatives in the week ahead. First on the schedule is Saturday's Classic Cinema night at the Thousand Oaks Library, featuring the original 1962 version of "Lawrence of Arabia." The epic motion picture, starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Claude Rains and Omar Sharif, picked up seven Academy Awards, including those for Best Picture and Best Director (David Lean).
March 31, 2009 | Jon Burlingame
From the mystical overtones of "Ghost" to the primitive sounds of "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," to the Russian balalaikas in "Doctor Zhivago," composer Maurice Jarre always seemed to find the right signature for every film he scored. And unlike so many of today's thundering but essentially interchangeable big-orchestra-plus-electronics scores, the voice of a Maurice Jarre film was always uniquely his own.
March 13, 1994 | SUSAN KING
Anthony Quinn's movie career spans almost six decades, and most of his work is available on video. Below are a few of his best films: The Buccaneer (Paramount): Back in 1938, Quinn had a small part as a pirate in his father-in-law's (Cecil B. DeMille) epic about the adventures of famed French pirate Jean Lafitte (Fredric March). In 1958, Quinn stepped behind the camera for the first and only time to direct the serviceable remake starring Yul Brynner as Lafitte.
June 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Valentine Vester, who witnessed history as the proprietor of the storied American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem, died June 15. She was 96. Vester spent the last years of her life in an apartment on the manicured grounds of the hotel, which sits on the dividing line between the city's Arab and Jewish sections. For decades, the hotel has served as a favorite hangout for diplomats and foreign correspondents and as a backdrop for political intrigue. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators secretly drafted parts of the Oslo peace accords at the hotel, in Room 16. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now an international Mideast envoy, has a suite of rooms on the top floor.
April 3, 1988 | Thomas Good, Good is a contributor to Telos, a Quarterly of Critical Thought. and
Wilfred Thesiger's "Arabian Sands," an account of his travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia just after World War II, published in 1959, is now considered to be a modern classic of adventure writing. The book established its author as a quixotic English explorer in the tradition of Sir Richard F. Burton, T. E. Lawrence and H. W. Tilman. "Arabian Sands" continues to have a loyal following among would-be adventurers and devotees of English travel writing.
June 8, 2003 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Using pickup trucks and camels, the Bedouins of Jordan's legendary desert police patrol a vast sea of pink sand and mountains in one of the most remote precincts on Earth. With the officers' red-and-white-checked head scarves flying in the wind, the blue trucks speed past the towering stone pinnacles that T.E. Lawrence -- Lawrence of Arabia -- dubbed the Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
July 21, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
It was 70 years ago that a tiny shop on Venice Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles produced its last motorcycle. At the time, Crocker Motorcycle Co. made the most powerful race bikes of any American manufacturer. But like other small companies facing supply shortages during World War II, it was forced to close, leaving only a few dozen bikes that have become a favorite of collectors and enthusiasts. Steve McQueen owned one before it was sold in auction for more than $276,000. Now the Crocker is back, with a modern, limited-production version of the Big Tank V-twin.
January 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
In the 19th century, the British had a phrase to describe their effort to keep Russia from extending its imperial influence through Central Asia and into the crown jewel of the British empire, India. It was called the Great Game, with both sides spying, gathering intelligence and manipulating local leaders and populations to their advantage. Rudyard Kipling used the term in his classic 1901 novel "Kim. " In his new book, "America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East," Cal State Long Beach history professor Hugh Wilford explains how the same phrase, and many of the same risky tactics, came to describe the post-World War II effort by U.S. operatives to shape the modern Middle East.
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