July 22, 1990 |
Doug Peacock experienced just the kind of absurd Vietnam mishaps made legendary by filmmakers such as Oliver Stone: One day, he tried to keep his commander alive while American helicopters mistakenly rained bombs from above; the next, he watched his entire platoon fire rounds at an unarmed, but "suspicious" 10-year-old.
May 8, 1992 |
Adventure movies don't often deal with anticlimaxes, and "Lawrence of Arabia" didn't dwell long on T. E. Lawrence's post-warrior life, for obvious reasons. Still, there's a certain depressing fascination in the clean-up after a battle, and in the mire of bureaucracy that follows any large-scale action.
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January 19, 1986 |
John Randle, the tall, rangy proprietor of the distinguished Whittington Press in the west of England, is impressed with the amount of private presses and the quality of their work in Southern California--Ward Ritchie's in Laguna Beach for one. "I'm afraid most people aren't aware that this area has become a world center, in fact, a key area, of private presses. The booksellers and collectors are here in numbers to encourage fine printing," he told me the other day.
January 7, 1990 |
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.
March 31, 2009 |
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.
July 25, 2002 |
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.
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June 22, 2008 |
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.
July 18, 1991 |
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).
April 3, 1988 |
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 |
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.