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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | May 14, 1999
"Tea With Mussolini" exudes the ineffable perfume of memory, redolent of sensory cues and ephemeral moments. Luckily for filmgoers, the memory in question belongs to Franco Zeffirelli, who adapted this film from his own memoirs with the novelist John Mortimer.The story begins in 1935 in Florence, Italy. Benito Mussolini has been in power for 13 years, and at the moment, as a subtitle tells us, "the sun is still shining on the square and statues, and the dictator Mussolini is the gentleman who makes the trains run on time."
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | May 14, 1999
"Tea With Mussolini" exudes the ineffable perfume of memory, redolent of sensory cues and ephemeral moments. Luckily for filmgoers, the memory in question belongs to Franco Zeffirelli, who adapted this film from his own memoirs with the novelist John Mortimer.The story begins in 1935 in Florence, Italy. Benito Mussolini has been in power for 13 years, and at the moment, as a subtitle tells us, "the sun is still shining on the square and statues, and the dictator Mussolini is the gentleman who makes the trains run on time."
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By Los Angeles Daily News | January 18, 1991
Los Angeles--Hamlet is no wimp. Franco Zeffirelli, director of the new film adaptation of the classic play, is quite adamant on the point."Hamlet is a storm of a man, a volcano," Mr. Zeffirelli insisted during a recent interview. "I've always seen him as a very wild cat. All this melancholy has been added, like bad varnish on a great painting."The director, whose 1968 film of "Romeo and Juliet" introduced a generation to Shakespearean tragedy, hopes to scrape away some of that varnish with his new "Hamlet."
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By Los Angeles Daily News | January 18, 1991
Los Angeles--Hamlet is no wimp. Franco Zeffirelli, director of the new film adaptation of the classic play, is quite adamant on the point."Hamlet is a storm of a man, a volcano," Mr. Zeffirelli insisted during a recent interview. "I've always seen him as a very wild cat. All this melancholy has been added, like bad varnish on a great painting."The director, whose 1968 film of "Romeo and Juliet" introduced a generation to Shakespearean tragedy, hopes to scrape away some of that varnish with his new "Hamlet."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | January 18, 1991
'Hamlet'Starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close.Directed by Franco Zeffirelli.Released by Warner Bros.Rated PG.** 1/2To be or not to be, that isn't the question; the question is, to be or not to be good, and the answer is, not to be good.Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" with Mel Gibson in the title role is far from a disaster, but it's also far from a triumph. It's a "Hamlet" for our times, perhaps the "Hamlet" we deserve: a "Hamlet-lite," lo-cal in the brain department, but heavy on the tofu and the sprouts.
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By Lou Cedrone | January 3, 1991
It hasn't been a terribly busy holiday season for the film industry. Time was when the studios would release up to 15 titles on or around Christmas Day, but this year, there was only one that appeared during that period. That was ''Godfather Part III.'' It opened Christmas Day.Since then, we've had nothing at all, not even those small, independent throwaway titles that usually find their way into the movie houses when nothing else is available and when the existing films have played themselves out.However, things will change on Jan. 11. That's when ''Awakenings,'' ''Sheltering Sky'' and ''Lionheart'' open.
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85 Franco Zeffirelli Movie director 70 Judy Blume Author 53 Arsenio Hall Actor 40 Chynna Phillips Singer 28 Christina Ricci Actress
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By Lou Cedrone | January 17, 1991
* ''Eve of Destruction'' A robot, designed to look exactly like her creator, turns bad. Gregory Hines and Renee Sutendijk star.* ''Flight of the Intruder'' A Navy pilot and a bombardier go against orders and bomb Hanoi. Willem Dafoe, Danny Glover and Brad Johnson star.* ''Green Card'' A comedy starring Gerard Depardieu as a Frenchman who marries an American woman (Andie MacDowell) to gain possession of a green card, one that will allow him to work in this country.* ''Hamlet'' Mel Gibson, who was introduced to American audiences as Max Max, plays the melancholy Dane in Franco Zeffirelli's version of the Shakespearean tragedy.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff | October 30, 1990
The master rake, Don Giovanni, gets his just rewards again in the end but not before Mozart's ravishing music flows from the Metropolitan Opera tomorrow when the new Franco Zeffirelli production is shown from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Maryland Public Television, channels 22 and 67.Videotaped last April, "Don Giovanni" features Samuel Ramey, bass, in the title role with James Levine conducting the 1787 opera. Also singing, in order of appearance, are bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello; soprano Carol Vaness as Donna Anna; bass Kurt Moll as Commendatore; tenor Jerry Hadley as Don Ottavio; soprano Karita Mattila as Donna Elvira; soprano Dawn Upshaw as Zerlina and bass Philip Cokorinos as Masetto.
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June 27, 1996
Irving P. Krick,89, a pioneering meteorologist who issued the crucial weather forecast that scheduled the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War II, died June 20 at his home in Pasadena, Calif.He established the Meteorology Department at the California Institute of Technology before leaving in the early days of the war to become a colonel in the Army. He headed the Weather Information Section of U.S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe. His forecasts were necessary to enhance the success of Allied bombing runs.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | January 18, 1991
'Hamlet'Starring Mel Gibson and Glenn Close.Directed by Franco Zeffirelli.Released by Warner Bros.Rated PG.** 1/2To be or not to be, that isn't the question; the question is, to be or not to be good, and the answer is, not to be good.Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" with Mel Gibson in the title role is far from a disaster, but it's also far from a triumph. It's a "Hamlet" for our times, perhaps the "Hamlet" we deserve: a "Hamlet-lite," lo-cal in the brain department, but heavy on the tofu and the sprouts.
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By Lou Cedrone | January 3, 1991
It hasn't been a terribly busy holiday season for the film industry. Time was when the studios would release up to 15 titles on or around Christmas Day, but this year, there was only one that appeared during that period. That was ''Godfather Part III.'' It opened Christmas Day.Since then, we've had nothing at all, not even those small, independent throwaway titles that usually find their way into the movie houses when nothing else is available and when the existing films have played themselves out.However, things will change on Jan. 11. That's when ''Awakenings,'' ''Sheltering Sky'' and ''Lionheart'' open.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff pTC | January 18, 1991
MAD MAX as Hamlet?Come on. The only person who would try something like that is Franco Zeffirelli, and that he has, with surprising result.It's all rather amazing. We've see this drama so many times, we know all the lines by heart (well, some of them), and still we are enrapt, transported, moved by the film, one that was done on locations in Scotland.Mel Gibson may be the weakest thing about the movie, but he isn't at all bad. He is better, say, than Clint Eastwood would have been in the same part.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,By the Evening Sun Staff | January 19, 1991
Movies It seems unlikely that anyone would cast Mel Gibson, below, as the lead in a new film version of ''Hamlet,'' but that's exactly what Franco Zeffirelli has done, and this is anything but stunt casting. Gibson, who first made it as ''Mad Max,'' is a respectable Hamlet. He isn't the best, but he does exceptionally well with the soliloquies. Glenn Close, as Hamlet's mother, Gertrude, is even more persuasive. You may know all the details, but the film makes them seem new. Violence. Rating: PG. *** The Ridge String Quartet, a celebrated young chamber music group, plays at 8:30 tonight in the Shriver Hall Concert Series at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Campus.
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