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March 16, 2001 | TOM TUGEND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I am fascinated by people who destroy their lives for an idea," says German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff, sitting recently in an outdoor cafe in Santa Monica, smoking a pencil-thin cigar. The embodiment of that fascination is Rita Vogt, the protagonist of "The Legend of Rita," who started out as a youthful idealist in the West Germany of the late 1960s and ended up as a hunted terrorist 20 years later.
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June 29, 2007 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
The power of one gets a vigorous workout in the Polish workers drama "Strike." Veteran German director Volker Schlondorff (the Oscar-winning "Tin Drum") traces the far-reaching effect one woman has on recent world history in this "ballad based on historical events."
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March 13, 1992 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's no question that "Voyager" is director Volker Schlondorff's most personal, unabashedly romantic film. An adaptation of the late Swiss novelist Max Frisch's "Homo Faber," it stars Sam Shepard in what is his most open and vulnerable performance on screen. Shepard plays a peripatetic, emotionally detached engineer who through a series of coincidences unexpectedly experiences both love and tragedy.
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July 8, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Volker Schlondorff's "The Ninth Day," an engrossing film from the director of "The Tin Drum," takes the viewer into an all-too-familiar world of the hell on Earth of Dachau -- but with a difference. The grim setting is the so-called Priests' Block, reserved for dissidents among the clergy of all faiths, especially Roman Catholics. The guards are uniformly virulent anti-papists and resort to crucifixion as a form of punishment.
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April 26, 1987 | RODERICK MANN
If Richard Widmark had not gone to an art show given by a friend in Connecticut and been introduced to director Volker Schlondorff, another year would have gone by without him going anywhere near a movie set. For this star, wealthy from shrewd investments and land deals, now works only when he wants to. And to tell the truth, he doesn't want to very much. "I wouldn't miss it if I never acted again," he said the other day over lunch.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Volker Schlondorff's "The Ninth Day," an engrossing film from the director of "The Tin Drum," takes the viewer into an all-too-familiar world of the hell on Earth of Dachau -- but with a difference. The grim setting is the so-called Priests' Block, reserved for dissidents among the clergy of all faiths, especially Roman Catholics. The guards are uniformly virulent anti-papists and resort to crucifixion as a form of punishment.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2007 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
The power of one gets a vigorous workout in the Polish workers drama "Strike." Veteran German director Volker Schlondorff (the Oscar-winning "Tin Drum") traces the far-reaching effect one woman has on recent world history in this "ballad based on historical events."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With "The Legend of Rita," inspired by the unraveling of West Germany's political terrorist organizations of the '70s, director Volker Schlondorff reaches another high point in his career. This captivating saga, at once epic in scale and intimate in tone, draws upon Schlondorff's formidable storytelling skills and his special gifts in blending the political and the personal and in bringing a documentary-like immediacy to his narratives.
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April 17, 1999 | DAVID CHUTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the hands of director John Badham, "The Jack Bull" is a moral drama in genre drag, with an impressive physical sweep. A Canadian mountain vista, standing in for a swath of the American frontier, is referred to as "a church without a roof," and it lives up to the description.
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January 10, 1991 | GUILLERMO TORRES
"The Tin Drum" (1979), directed by Volker Schlondorff. 142 minutes. Rated R. An often quirky look at a society gone mad (Nazi Germany) and a child's way of coping through incessant drumming and high-pitched screams.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2001 | TOM TUGEND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I am fascinated by people who destroy their lives for an idea," says German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff, sitting recently in an outdoor cafe in Santa Monica, smoking a pencil-thin cigar. The embodiment of that fascination is Rita Vogt, the protagonist of "The Legend of Rita," who started out as a youthful idealist in the West Germany of the late 1960s and ended up as a hunted terrorist 20 years later.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With "The Legend of Rita," inspired by the unraveling of West Germany's political terrorist organizations of the '70s, director Volker Schlondorff reaches another high point in his career. This captivating saga, at once epic in scale and intimate in tone, draws upon Schlondorff's formidable storytelling skills and his special gifts in blending the political and the personal and in bringing a documentary-like immediacy to his narratives.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1992 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's no question that "Voyager" is director Volker Schlondorff's most personal, unabashedly romantic film. An adaptation of the late Swiss novelist Max Frisch's "Homo Faber," it stars Sam Shepard in what is his most open and vulnerable performance on screen. Shepard plays a peripatetic, emotionally detached engineer who through a series of coincidences unexpectedly experiences both love and tragedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 1987 | RODERICK MANN
If Richard Widmark had not gone to an art show given by a friend in Connecticut and been introduced to director Volker Schlondorff, another year would have gone by without him going anywhere near a movie set. For this star, wealthy from shrewd investments and land deals, now works only when he wants to. And to tell the truth, he doesn't want to very much. "I wouldn't miss it if I never acted again," he said the other day over lunch.
NEWS
December 27, 1990 | GUILLERMO TORRES
A look back at videos we checked out in 1990: "The Tin Drum" (1979), directed by Volker Schlondorff. 142 minutes. Rated R. An often quirky look at a society gone mad (Nazi Germany) and a child's way of coping through incessant drumming and high-pitched screams. "Fandango" (1985), directed by Kevin Reynolds, 91 minutes. Rated PG. Critics panned this, one of Kevin Costner's first movies, because they said it went nowhere. But who says a movie has to go anywhere?
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