The Austrian actor recorded a video message for demonstrators in the country which was posted via the opposition leader's YouTube account
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Saturday 22 April 1995
Ben Thompson meets Isaac Hayes, the great Stax singer/songwriter
Wednesday 29 March 1995
This year, the first presenter of the 67th Academy Awards (BBC1) reminded us, is the centenary of motion pictures; 100 years have passed, you thought, and they still can't get the words and the pictures to match up. Then again, maybe this guy was supposed to be there as a tuxedoed piece of leader tape, a five-minute dry run to allow technicians all over the world to adjust the machinery. His voice caught up with his lips just in time for him to introduce the traditional opening number - a baffling piece of cinematic illusion so clever that it was dumb. In the words of Tracey Ullman, it "tanked". That's the nice thing about Tracey, Hollywood hasn't changed her a bit.
Monday 27 June 1994
HENRY MANCINI was an amazingly modest composer and never really acknowledged that he wrote songs, writes Brian Willey (further to the obituary by Tom Vallance, 16 June). He once said: 'I don't collaborate to write a song, I write a melodic film theme and somehow a lyricist comes along and turns it into a song.'
Sunday 22 August 1993
Davis had only a few weeks to live when he played the old Gil Evans arrangements in front of a 50-piece orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones at the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival. His frailty made it obvious that the occasion was in the nature of a farewell to triumphs that he had not revisited in 30 years. The performance needed only to be adequate for the emotions to flow. For which, many thanks to Jones, and to Gil Goldstein, who transcribed Evans's work from the original recordings. On disc, though, the perception is different. When we can listen to the pristine, indelible originals, why spend time with smudged copies? The mix over-emphasises the double bass of the (blameless) Mike Richmond, and fails to repair the climactic 'Solea', on which Carlos Benavent's performance of the pivotal bass riff was undermined by a sharp G-string. So, uniqueness notwithstanding, it's hard to recommend the CD; the video, due shortly, may be another matter.
Friday 13 August 1993
Apres l'amour (15). . . Diane Kurys (Fr)
RECORDS / By all means necessary: Andy Gill on the soundtrack to Malcolm X and new releases of Brazilian and gospel music
Thursday 10 December 1992
PHOTOGRAPHY / Positively ordinary: Fifty black Americans were given cameras and told to get on with it. Andrew Palmer reports
Thursday 01 October 1992
IT IS a familiar picture: somewhere in the suburban jungle of America four black youths, in T-shirts and trainers, are standing in line with their hands behind their heads. The man in the foreground is being frisked by an armed policeman. Before jumping to conclusions, you'd best read the caption: Libby Tracy, the object of police attention, is not a crack dealer, a mugger, or a rapist, not even a gang member. He is, in fact, a good college student who scored high on his SAT. Wrongfully arrested, he spent the weekend of his 17th birthday in jail.
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