The Art of Akira Kurosawa
In 1977, Akira Kurosawa was at wit’s end. His script for Ran, written several years earlier, had met with stiff resistance. Producers repeatedly insisted it would be too costly to make. So he’d gone …
The Mexican Mafia vs. Hollywood
Shortly after American Me’s release, something worse than trouble caught up with three people associated with the production: They were murdered-conceivably in retaliation, though the connection is by no means clear cut, for the film’s depiction of gang life. The perceived disrespect shown by scenes of sodomy and betrayal allegedly required La Eme to avenge its honor. Olmos himself, the director, co producer, and star of the movie, reportedly responded by applying for a concealed- weapons permit and surrounding himself with bodyguards. Olmos, some said, was targeted for death.