June 17, 1990 |
On the same Culver City soundstage where Judy Garland once skipped down a yellow brick road hoping to find some help in getting home, German director Wolfgang Petersen is now creating another adventure about a person who gets lost in a strange new world. But in this story, the strange new world is all in the person's head--literally.
January 29, 2006
WHILE talking about his remake of "The Poseidon Adventure" ["Realism at Sea Floats the Director's Boat," Jan. 15], director Wolfgang Petersen stresses, "[It's] a great opportunity to take this damn thing a bit more serious," as if to say Irwin Allen's seminal blockbuster somehow got it all wrong. Allen culled the talents of an Academy Award-winning cast. He hired two of the best visual effects men in the business and had the foresight to employ the talents of emerging artists -- namely, Gene Hackman and John Williams.
July 25, 1991 |
The hero in "The Neverending Story" is Bastian, a young boy who would rather find a good book in his hands than the joystick of a beeping, whirring Nintendo game. Bastian (played by the ever-lively Barret Oliver) loves to read, both as a retreat from the bullies he faces on his way to school and from his dad, a well-intentioned but nearsighted sort who can't understand why his son isn't doing better in class or trying out for the swim team.
May 16, 2004
The release of the new film "Troy" ["A Troy Story," May 9] brings to mind some obvious parallels with the current U.S. occupation of Iraq. In one scene of Wolfgang Petersen's version of Homer's timeless tale, the leader of the Greeks, King Agamemnon, admits that going to war had nothing to do with the abduction of his wife, Helen. But he believes it's a good cover story. The Greeks wanted to plunder the treasures of Troy because after all, they [the Greeks] were "civilized" and "superior" and deserved it. Fast-forward to the present: George W. Bush says the invasion of Iraq is about bringing freedom and democracy to that long-suffering country.
January 15, 2006 |
WOLFGANG PETERSEN can't stay away from directing movies dealing with water, ships and people in peril. The German filmmaker first made his mark -- receiving Oscar nominations for direction and screenplay -- for the 1981 "Das Boot" and then returned to the sea with the 2000 hit "The Perfect Storm." Now he's hitting the waves again with the action thriller "Poseidon," a remake of the 1972 disaster film "The Poseidon Adventure," about a luxury liner that capsizes because of a rogue wave.
April 3, 1997 |
Saying that the remarkable German film "Das Boot" is back, bigger and better than ever, is to not only fall victim to cliche but to strain credulity as well. Yet it happens to be true. At two hours and 28 minutes, the original 1982 "Das Boot" was pretty big to begin with.