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February 15, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
In one of the most infamous scenes in modern drama, a group of young men in a London park stone a baby to death in its carriage. What begins as roughhousing escalates to all-out sadism until a rock is thrown at point blank range, ending the child's pitiful cries for good. Edward Bond's "Saved" provoked outrage when it was produced in 1965 by the Royal Court Theatre as a private club offering, a designation used to slip past the Lord Chamberlain's Office. Although "Saved" isn't revived often, it's considered a modern classic, and not just because it was instrumental in overturning Britain's strict theater censorship laws.
November 14, 1991
It is obvious that violent motion pictures ("Screen Violence Would Stop if It Didn't Sell Tickets, Filmmakers Say," Nov. 3) desensitize and inspire our society toward violence. As an artist, to say otherwise, is to say art does not have the power to inspire or sensitize. It clearly does. It is only the degree of influence that can be debated. I know from firsthand experience, as a former Green Beret, that violence is comparable to sex or drugs. Once past the fear, it's a high that can be exceptionally compelling.
October 15, 1992
The problem with Wilmington is there's too much violence going on. Recently, a man was stabbed to death and later a man was shot and killed near my house. I feel scared living in Wilmington because I might die. I think people should get together and stop gangs and drugs. I don't know why people kill each other. We're all equal. No one's better than anyone. My mom says she wants me and my brother to be someone big when we grow up. She says don't let drugs or gangs get in my way. My cousin was killed because of gangs.
April 29, 1991
I was surprised that Thomas Reid (letter, April 19) thought The Times erred in covering the background of the Vietnamese youths involved in the Sacramento store killings. Don't readers want an analysis of what led to such a tragedy? A look at the struggle some youths find in adapting to a culture so opposite in many ways from their own? This is not only a tragic story of a Vietnamese family's loss; it is an examination of the violence that many California youths of every color are pursuing.
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