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By Chris Kaltenbach | May 29, 2009
Classic film screenings continue at the Senator Theatre this weekend with Carol Reed's magnificent The Third Man, starring Joseph Cotten as a pulp novelist visiting postwar Vienna, where he learns that his good friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), has died. Or has he? Gorgeous (Robert Krasker won an Oscar for his stark black-and-white cinematography) and witty, the 1949 movie includes a great monologue from one of the principals in which we learn the connection between Western morality and the cuckoo clock.
By Stephen Manes | November 13, 1995
TRICK QUESTION: Among the many media at the disposal of the CD-ROM, which may be best suited to it?Video and film become grainy and jerky when transferred to computer disks.Photographs, maps and even text lose their crispness on the low-resolution screens of personal computers.Art and animation expressly designed for those screens work better, but must labor under severe limitations.The winner? Radio. The CD format, after all, was originally designed to deliver music, and although the sound cards and speakers most people use preclude true high-fidelity audio, they can deliver radio-quality sound.
By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1997
Oct. 30, 1938, was a typical cool autumn Sunday as Baltimoreans relished the news that Hopkins had defeated Haverford College, 7-6, after Charlie Rudo scored on an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. On the other hand, Navy and Penn had slugged it out through four grinding periods to a scoreless tie.Headlines in The Sun promised that the War Admiral-Seabiscuit match race that Tuesday would open a "Brilliant Meeting" at Pimlico Race Course, while Brenda Frazier, New York's "glamour deb," had attended the Velvet Ball that weekend.
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 10, 2007
Dreamgirls [Paramount] $35 The two-disc DVD set lives up to its "Showstopper Edition" moniker. It doesn't include any commentary from writer-director Bill Condon, but it's overflowing with extras, including a comprehensive making-of documentary, "Building the Dream," as well as numerous mini-docs that explore the complicated shooting and editing process for the musical numbers, the evocative costume design and even the theatrical lighting. Also featured are Beyonce Knowles' and Anika Noni Rose's auditions, 12 extended and alternate musical numbers and Knowles' music video of the Oscar-nominated tune, "Listen."
March 30, 1991
''Let his blood be upon us and upon our children,'' the mob howled, according to Matthew's gospel, as it demanded the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Many Christians have been taught that this passage cannot be used to blame Jews or Judaism for Jesus' death. It speaks of the behavior of mobs, and of the human heart's inclination to sin and rejection of divinity. More than 400 years ago the Council of Trent drafted a catechism that declared that ''Christian sinners are more responsible for the death of Christ in comparison with certain Jews who participated in it.''Nevertheless, the notion of Jews as ''Christ-killers'' remained in Christian consciousness and culture, stirring pogrom and inquisition, discrimination and hatred.
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun reporter | March 2, 2007
It's a rich week at the AFI Silver. Starting today, Werner Herzog's 1972 Aguirre, The Wrath of God is shown in an exclusive new 35 mm print in honor of the film's 35th anniversary. Klaus Kinski, Herzog's muse and "best fiend," stars as Don Lope de Aguirre, leading a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado along the Amazon in the 16th century. Tomorrow through Wednesday, the Cinema Tropical festival continues with Young Rebels, the first movie from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the team behind Oscar-nominated Half Nelson.
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | June 11, 1994
There's so little on TV tonight that Dave (that's me) recommends "Dave" (that's the movie) . . . and not much else.* "The Belmont Stakes." (4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- I'll have mine medium rare. ABC.* "Stranger in the Family." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This 1991 movie stars Neil Patrick Harris as an amnesia victim.Maybe it's understandable, then, that I don't remember anything about it. ABC.* "Harts of the West." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Harts, and other city dudes, embark on a makeshift cattle trail to save a herd.
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1996
The greatest movie ever, a pair of key figures in the civil rights movement, the greatest soul singer of his generation what a night for superlatives. Oh, yeah, and Miss U.S.A. too.* "Miss U.S.A. Pageant" (9 p.m.-about 11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sorry, there's no telephone number to call to vote yea or nay on swimsuits; you'll just have to silently put up with a bunch of women parading around in bikinis. There are also evening gown and personality competitions, thank goodness. CBS.* "A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67)
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 20, 1990
I'd be hard pressed to name a movie I enjoyed more than "Hollywood Mavericks," the American Film Institute documentary that heaves into the Charles for a couple of days on a rebel-with-a-cause double bill with "My Dinner with Abbie," about Abbie Hoffman.As a documentary the film isn't much, more an act of aggressive archivalism than filmmaking. And it's a bit shakily conceived as it searches through Hollywood history in search of "mavericks" who made movies by their own lights and not by the industry's.
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