November 26, 2004
As part of its continuing Elia Kazan tribute, the AFI Silver in Silver Spring presents on Tuesday Baby Doll (1956), a film that succeeds where so many others (including John Ford's Tobacco Road) have failed - at making high aesthetic inroads into low rural farce. Kazan had the idea for Tennessee Williams to combine two of his one-act plays, Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton and The Long Stay Cut Short, or The Unsatisfactory Supper, into an original screenplay filled with comic hubris and erotic heat.
June 10, 2004
On June 7, 2004 ELAINE WALLACH DEMME, of Abingdon, MD beloved wife of David W. Demme; devoted mother of Lauren K. Demme; loving daughter of Samson Jacob Wallach; stepdaughter of Terre S. Wallach, and daughter of the late Lillian Glazer Wallach; loving sister of Janet R. Wallach and Wendy L. Wallach. Services will be held at the family owned Mc Comas Funeral Home, Abingdon, MD on Friday, June 11, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 3-5 p.m. Those who desire may contribute to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.
May 27, 2004
The most ambitious and enduringly popular of Sergio Leone's three Clint Eastwood spaghetti Westerns, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has finally arrived on DVD in a definitive edition from MGM Home Entertainment. Leone's enigmatic moral tale is about the flawed, all-too-human bandit Tuco, played by Eli Wallach, and the two eerily distant, almost supernatural figures (the angelic Blondie, played by Eastwood, and the demonic Angel Eyes, played by Lee Van Cleef) who accompany him on a search for stolen gold along the rough western front of the Civil War. Though much of what has been said about the film (including the fine commentary track here, presented by critic Richard Schickel)
February 29, 2004
On Thursday, February 26, 2004, REUBEN FISHKIND, loving husband of Adele Fishkind (nee Weinstein), beloved father of Ronald M. Fishkind of Baltimore, MD. and Barbara H. Wallach of Gaithersburg, MD., devoted father-in-law of Mindy S. Fishkind and Charles B. Wallach, beloved brother of Phillip Fishkind of Baltimore, MD., Elsie Rachelson of Pembroke Pines, FL., Esther Cylus of Baltimore, MD., Sylvia Gruenberg of Tamarac, FL., Blanche Tannenbaum of Delray Beach,...
May 18, 2003
THREE YEARS ago, William R. Franklin was making a six-figure salary and presenting a paper titled "Complex Spatial Filters for Automatic Target Recognition and Feature-Aided Tracking" at a conference in Orlando, Fla. Now he is "viciously unemployed," as he describes it, and close to losing his Timonium townhouse in foreclosure proceedings. The holder of a doctorate in physics earned under a future Nobel laureate, a veteran of Maryland's defense industry, a speaker of several languages and an expert in signal processing and mathematical modeling, Franklin may be an emblem of the state's economy and of the difficulty of finding jobs for the highly educated unemployed over the age of 50. He is 52. He lost his job because of a drop in government funding last August, almost a year after the terrorist attacks prompted predictions of a renaissance for the war business.
February 15, 1997
"Asteroid" wants to be the television version of last summer's hit film "Independence Day."Only one problem: They forget the aliens. The villain in this piece is a bunch of big rocks falling from the sky headed straight for Dallas.Ask me if I care. I hope they hit Jerry Jones, the obnoxious owner of the Dallas Cowboys, right in the ego. Maybe, if they explode on the grassy knoll, Oliver Stone will make a real movie out of it, reshaping the biggest, baddest rock to look like Richard Nixon or Lyndon Johnson in profile -- depending on whether he wants an archvillain for the liberal or conservative version of the American psyche.