His family said in a statement that Fonda died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer. “I am very sad,” his sister Jane Fonda said in a statement. “He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.” Born into Hollywood royalty as Henry Fonda’s only son, Peter Fonda carved his own path with his non-conformist tendencies and earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing the psychedelic road trip movie Easy Rider. He would never win that golden statuette, but would later be nominated for his leading performance as a Vietnam veteran and widowed beekeeper in Ulee’s Gold. Fonda was born in New York in 1940 to parents whose personas were the very opposite of the rebellious images their kids would cultivate. Father Henry Fonda was already a Hollywood giant, known for playing straight-shooting … [Read more...] about ‘He went out laughing’
Films like High Heels, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! were funny, transgressive, full of life, a bold rewriting of Spanish national identity, but in his middle years, once Pedro had made his point, he settled into stronger, less showy but more profound dramas (Talk to Her, All About My Mother, Bad Education, Volver) that mixed the grit of Italian neo-realism with the lush melodrama of Douglas Sirk. Autobiographical elements were always present, but as he's gotten older, the Spanish master has plunged ever deeper into himself. His latest film, Pain and Glory, is his most overly personal yet, and stars his old friend and most frequent collaborator Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo, an ageing Madrid film-maker whose chronic back and ear problems have put paid to his once stellar career. Depressed and increasingly isolated, Salvador starts smoking heroin to dull the pain, unleashing visions of his rural childhood and his fiercely pragmatic and … [Read more...] about ‘I asked him to be the opposite of what he was famous for doing’
After criticising the media for attacking him and the film during its notoriously troubled production, he said "there were too many of us, we had access to too much equipment, too much money, and little by little we went insane". Then he added darkly, "my movie is not about Vietnam - my movie is Vietnam". The real war had only ended four years earlier, and his statement was deemed shockingly insensitive by some American critics, but Coppola's hyperbole was perhaps excusable given the trauma he'd endured. Though so far as we know no one actually died during the making of Apocalypse Now, its star Martin Sheen nearly did, Coppola threatened suicide, while Dennis Hopper's herculean cocaine consumption would have finished off a lesser man. And all of that was before Marlon Brando showed up to waddle around stubbornly ad-libbing and refusing to cooperate. Storms, bad luck, accidents, war and a constantly spiralling budget almost sunk the production on numerous occasions. Coppola was never … [Read more...] about Apocalypse how?
Packed from end to end with throwaway film references and loving recreations of 1960s TV crime shows and westerns, it is a very conscious attempt to capture the zeitgeist of an era that was about to end. That would be classic Hollywood, the version run mercilessly by charlatan studio bosses who treated actors like cattle, lived like kings and pumped out movies like there was no tomorrow. By the late 60s, their jig was up, and Tarantino's film in one sense revolves around the incident often cited as old Hollywood's death knell - the Tate murders. After that, many a hack writer has declared, without apparent irony, that Hollywood lost its innocence. The idea that it ever had any is hilarious: this, remember, is the prototypical gated community that brought you hushed up rapes, forced abortions, Fatty Arbuckle, Errol Flynn and poor old Lupe Vélez, the silent-era starlet whose attempt to create the perfect, headline-grabbing suicide ended in ignominy with her head in a toilet bowl. … [Read more...] about Film of the week: Tarantino’s ode to Hollywood is cult fiction
DISNEY bosses are “uneasy” about a film that shows Hitler as an “idiotic” imaginary pal of a boy in Nazi Germany. Jojo Rabbit, starring Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson, was inherited by Disney as part of the buyout of 20th Century Fox. On seeing the rough cut, one exec reportedly said they were worried the movie does not fit with Disney’s family-friendly image. A one-minute trailer of the satire has been released and previews a scene in which the main character, 10-year-old Jojo, speaks to his chum Hitler, played by Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Ragnarok. The child tells Adolf that he is being teased at a Hitler Youth Camp by other children, who call him a frightened rabbit. Comedy actor Waititi, 43, who also wrote and directed the movie, replies: “Let them say whatever they want, people used to say lots of nasty things about me: ‘Oh this guy’s a lunatic, oh look at that psycho, he’s going to get us all … [Read more...] about Disney film to show Adolf Hitler as imaginary friend of Nazi boy