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The first image in Ang Lee's new movie, "Lust, Caution," is of an animal, a watchdog, a German Shepherd. Only after that do we see a human, a man, also standing guard. When Lee cast Chinese-TV actress Tang Wei to play the lead, in her first movie, he...
Tags: Sex, Social Issues, Defense, Armed Forces, Television
Special to The TimesThe whole suburbs-as-repository-of-psychic-despair thing has been pretty well covered, what with "Blue Velvet," "American Beauty" and "Desperate Housewives" working that particular cul-de-sac of the subdivision. "Laura Smiles" has little to add to the...
Special to The Times++++++++++++++++++++ || || ++++++++++++++++++++ How ironic -- yet oddly fitting -- that Michelangelo Antonioni should die in Italy, at 94, the day after Ingmar Bergman died at 89 in Sweden. At the time of their deaths they were arguably Europe's two...
Tags: Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Monica Vitti, Movies, Death
Charles Teitel dies at 93; theater operator fought censors as he brought foreign art films to ChicagoCharles Teitel, who operated one of the first foreign art houses in Chicago, screening such seminal films as "The Bicycle Thief" and "Z" as well as movies that city censors tried to ban for racy content, died of congestive heart failure April 4 at his...
Tags: California, New York, U.S. Army, San Francisco, Jean-Luc Godard
The original version of "The Last House on the Left" -- the 1972 feature debut of horror master Wes Craven and a primal tour of rape, mayhem, murder and madness -- was one of those movies that was spoken about even decades later with an uncertain mix of...
Tags: Documentary (genre), Crimes, Movies, Wes Craven, Health
The early scenes of the documentary look like some lost reel from "This Is Spinal Tap," spanning what seems like half of rock history -- complete with hem lengths and haircuts. But the protagonist is not a metalhead but a Zelig-like figure: Here he is as...
Times Staff WriterIngmar Bergman is back. With a vengeance. "Saraband" is not what might be expected from a venerable director with six decades of experience who will turn 87 next week. But Bergman has never been an ordinary filmmaker, and what he's given us is no genial...
Zap2It.comSven Nykvist, the Oscar-winning cinematographer and filmmaker whose naturalistic, straightforward camera work distinguished the movies of directors Ingmar Bergman and Woody Allen, died Wednesday. He was 83. Nykvist had battled a long illness and was...
Tags: Movies, Nora Ephron, Romance (genre), Entertainment, Woody Allen
Times Staff WriterTHE tale of a superhero, a '70s drug dealer, or a plot to destroy the world it's not. Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," which isn't really about a bear and does not feature a mountain, is the story of an elderly couple — a once-...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterObviously, Carlos Reygadas hasn't flown all this way from Madrid just to talk about oral sex. But lately it's been a tough subject for him to avoid. Ever since last summer, when the young Mexican writer-director's second feature film, "Batalla en el...
Special to the TribuneIngmar Bergman, one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema and an artist who changed the way the world perceived the movies, died Monday, local media reported. He was 89 years old. Bergman died at his home in Faro, Sweden, Swedish news...
Actors, actresses and entertainers Maila Nurmi, 85; actress created the character Vampira as hostess of late-night TV horror show (Jan. 10) Jack Eagle, 81; a comedian and actor who played Brother Dominic in a Xerox ad during the 1977 Super Bowl (Jan....
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