July 25, 2004 |
CINEPHILES may recognize the intense, blue-eyed actor playing a tormented research doctor in Spike Lee's new film, "She Hate Me," which opens Wednesday. The thespian in question is none other than David Bennent, who starred 25 years ago as the diminutive Oskar in Volker Schlondorff's Oscar-winning German film "The Tin Drum." Bennent was all of 12 when he played Oskar, a role that required him to participate in a sex scene. Controversy ensued.
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January 29, 1992
Britain and Germany have been struggling in recent weeks with the memory of the terror-bombing of Dresden in February, 1945. The Queen Mother has agreed to dedicate a larger-than-life-size statue of Sir Arthur (Bomber) Harris, who insisted on that joint U.S.-British action despite the fact that British intelligence called it unnecessary and the U.S. air command was reluctant; perhaps 80,000 civilians died. The mayors of Dresden and other German cities have asked that the memorial be canceled.
June 27, 1997 |
Civil rights activists called for a federal investigation Thursday after police seized copies of the Oscar-winning movie "Tin Drum" from six video stores--and at least one home--because a judge had declared the film obscene. "This kind of insensitive disregard of our fundamental rights of expression and free speech is outrageous," said Joann Bell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.
December 16, 1987 |
Jean-Pierre Melville is one of the most peculiar figures in French cinema. A devotee of American films, and possibly one of the top scholars on Hollywood movies of the '30s-'50s, Melville was highly influenced by their techniques and "language"--most particularly the style of film noir.
March 24, 2006 |
Longtime British producer Stephen Woolley -- most notably of such Neil Jordan films as "The Crying Game" and "Interview With the Vampire" -- makes his directing debut with the lethargic drama "Stoned." An account of the final months of founding Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who drowned in 1969, the film is a hodgepodge of bohemian decadence, finely observed period detail and an overdose of flashbacks.