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Special to the Tribune"The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham: A Biography" By Selina Hastings Random House, Inc., 640 pages, $35 In 1953 Sir Gerald Kelly, the President of the Royal Academy, organized a dinner in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to that august...
Tribune movie critic2½ stars (out of four) Sex on screen can be an incendiary subject, and French cine-maverick Jean-Claude Brisseau tries to light up a fire with the unabashedly erotic "Exterminating Angels." It's typically cerebral-sexual French film stuff, full of female...
Tribune movie critic3½ stars (out of four) "Black Orpheus" is a film that art-house audiences in 1959 loved madly. And who can blame them? A buoyant, searingly colorful retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in Rio de Janiero, writer-director's Marcel Camus' movie...
Tribune movie critic4 stars (out of four) "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", the wild tale of Spanish television actress Pepa (Carmen Maura) and her attempts to get over a jilting by her faithless lover and fellow actor Ivan (Fernando Guillen), is the most...
Special to The TimesOver the last half-century, Kenneth Anger has emerged as one of the icons of American avant-garde cinema. Endlessly imaginative and original, Anger is also a pioneer in expressing and exploring homoeroticism on screen in ways that are daring and often...
Tags: Documentary (genre), Television, Vehicles, Entertainment, Death
Times Staff WriterCreativity is one of life's true mysteries, but that hasn't stopped people from attempting to analyze and trivialize the source of the artistic impulse. Yet the mystery always triumphs, as it does in the simplistic but strangely poetic "Fur: An...
Chicago Tribune Movie Critic4 stars (out of 4) Filmmaking, Jean Cocteau once said, is the art that shows death at work - and it's also the art that can return its makers to the days of their youth. "Une Femme Est une Femme" ("A Woman is a Woman"), Jean-Luc Godard's second feature...
Tags: Crimes, Anna Karina, Bob Fosse, Jean-Luc Godard, Gene Kelly
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday May 18, 2001 "Etonne-moi"--astonish me--ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev famously encouraged poet Jean Cocteau, and "Moulin Rouge" follows his advice. Most of the time. A fever dream of musical spectacle, its dizzying visual and melodic...
Times Staff Writer"Pepe le Moko" is the stuff that dreams are made of. An acknowledged classic of doomed romanticism and atmospheric fatalism, this 1937 French film was such a hit on its release that Hollywood promptly remade it as "Algiers" and kept the original off U.S....
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