Modern adaptations of Shakespeare can fail spectacularly if they’re not carefully directed. But in rare cases, when all the pieces fall into place, newer versions illuminate the Bard's truths. Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro’s Viola, an adaptation of Twelfth Night played out by hipsters in Buenos Aires, interweaves the rehearsals of a group of women producing an all-female production [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Latin American Film Festival’
“Our people…they don’t want to go to the theaters and suffer,” says Nucky Walder, producer of Teatro de la Luna’s 15th International Festival of Hispanic Theater. “They want comedies.” Year-round, Teatro de la Luna supports theater as seen from a Latin American perspective; but for this annual festival, it looks to outstanding theater from Hispanic [...]
Tricia Olszewski leads this week's arts section with her take on Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, which she says it's "expertly crafted and acted," but with some damning plot failures. She follows with her take on Josh Radnor's rom-com Liberal Arts, concluding that maybe dude should stick to doing sitcoms.
In theater, Rebecca Ritzel praises Round [...]
Eighty-one years old and becoming exceedingly frail, Sonny Rollins still throws himself into his tenor saxophone onstage. It’s actually a little frightening to see a man of grandfatherly age thrusting head and shoulders down towards his horn with force that would cause back spasms in much younger men. Then again, listen to the sounds he’s [...]
Bryan Ferry’s music is the epitome of Euro soul: smooth and sexy, yes, but—unlike American R&B—steeped in Teutonic cool. The Roxy Music singer and solo star doesn’t make rip-off-your-clothes-and-get-freaky-in-your-bedroom jams; it’s all slow-motion espionage, illicit rendezvous in centuries-old hotels, and stolen kisses in the night. The 66-year-old sartorialist will forever look the part of a [...]
Of the AFI Silver Theatre’s many repertory series, its Latin American Film Festival is probably the meatiest. In its 22nd year, the event once again features the usual mix of smart documentaries, regional blockbusters, and highbrow Cannes and Oscar submissions from the 20 countries represented. The Mexican Suitcase, the documentary that opened the festival Thursday night [...]