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2007/01/09

超人の面白TV・映画鑑賞

  今年の正月はその前後に寒暖の差はあったものの、いたって穏やか、と言うよりは暖冬だ。緯度が青森市と同じであるニューヨークでも異常気象らしい。HoustonからNew Yorkに最近移り住んだばかりのI..K氏の直近のメールにも暖かと書き記されていたが、それを裏づけるような新聞記事が載っていた。元旦から一週間経ったニューヨークの気温は、摂氏22.5度(えっ)という異常気温でアイススケートリンクの氷が解けていると2007年1月8日付毎日新聞朝刊の国際面囲み記事は伝えている。筆者が訪ねたニューヨークはこの同じ時期それこそ真冬そのもので雪がたっぷり、でも日本と違ってニューヨークの家屋はTシャツで過ごせるほど暖房施設が完備していて、これは日本の隙間風のある家屋とは違って段違いに住み心地が良いとニューヨークで生活している老若男女問わず日本人の一致した見解だった。そう、1988年頃の話だが・・・。
そして、ヨーロッパ。1989年の革命の嵐から18年、ブルガリアとルーマニアがこの2007年1月1日からEUに加盟。時代の隔世の感を思わざるを得ない。そんな中ブルガリア政府の取った政策は、二重国籍OKで近隣国のブルガリア系の人集めに躍起という記事が印象的。ブルガリア人と同じ試験で合格した学生は、年100~230ユーロ(1万5500~3万6000円)だが、ブルガリア語が堪能ではなく、試験免除で入学した留学生は1000~6000ユーロ(約16万~93万円)。新制度は、二重国籍者に限り、後者の授業料を半額にするという。現在8000名の留学生を抱えていて更に増えるが減収になるらしい。できるだけ多くの学生がブルガリアの大学で教育を受けられるよう、入試制度の改革も検討しているとウィトコワ・ブルガリア副教育科学省とのインタビュー記事は結んでいる(2007年1月8日付毎日新聞朝刊)。多少の制約があるにもかかわらず、バルカンの新風が少しずつ吹き始めたということか。まだEUに加盟できずにいるこの国の近隣国もあるようだ。モザイク的地域の複雑さが窺えるね。

  ところで、ごく身近なところで筆者はこの年末年始をいかにして過ごしたかー。これが他人が嗤ってしまうほど単調そのもの、BS・CS100゜放送で見る映画三昧否視聴放送に嵌ってしまい映画鑑賞それ以外何もできずに終わってしまった。これは近年珍しい出来事でこのブログも中断してしまった始末。朝から夜遅くまでスターチャンネルをはじめカチャカチャとチャンネルを回して何本も観たが、そのなかで特に印象に残った映画は2本。Gunter Grass:Die "Blechtrommel"原作 フォルカー・シュレンドルフ監督 『ブリキの太鼓』1979年、西ドイツ)と実在した女Bounty hunter《賞金稼ぎ》Domino Herveyの半生を描いた 『DOMINO』(2005年、アメリカ)である。
『ブリキの太鼓』は、ノーベル賞作家で現代ドイツ文学の金字塔と言うべき有名な小説の映画化である。去年8月頃か作者のグュンター・グラスがナチス親衛隊員であったことを自著で告白し賛否両論が沸き起こり話題なった。ワレサ元大統領はグダニスクの名誉市民を剥奪せよと呼びかけたほどである。舞台はダンツィヒ(ポーランド名グダニスク)の街、時代はナチスの台頭著しい20世紀初頭のヨーロッパをある家族と周辺を描き、人間の愚かさを子どもの眼を通して問いかける問題作だ。スカートを四枚も穿いている祖母、郵便局員の従兄弟ヤンと関係があった母親アグネス、ナチスの党員の父親アルフレートそして息子オスカルを中心に展開していく。オスカルは3歳の誕生日に母からブリキの太鼓を買ってもらうが、大人の醜い世界を見、嫌気がさして成長を止めてしまう決心をする。
ヤンと関係していた母親は妊娠してしまい、避妊しようとウナギを食べすぎ死んでしまう。ヤンはナチスのポーランド侵攻で郵便局での銃撃戦で銃殺される。父はオスカルと同い年のお手伝いだったマリアと結婚、クルトが生まれるがオスカルは自分の子どもだと思っている。やがて敗戦色が強くなりロシア軍が街に攻め込み銃撃戦になる。銃撃戦の中ナチス党員の父親は、党員バッジを隠すため飲み込むが針が喉に刺さり見つかって銃殺。
父の葬儀のときにオスカルは成長を再開することを決心。息子クルトの投げた小石が頭に直撃しオスカルは父の墓穴に落ちる。オスカルの成長がこのときに始る・・・。
ナチス党員の集会での隠れて軒下でブリキの太鼓を叩く光景やサーカスを父親と見に行きその二人の小人に共感を覚えやがて再会、ナチスの慰問団に誘われ入団、ブリキの太鼓と奇声でガラス割りする妙技を披露する場面など「危なかしさ」を象徴化する切り口は鋭く見る者を唸らせる。
オスカルの鋭い目も気になるが、ブリキの太鼓と得意とする奇声を発する声は、人間の醜さを察知したときにこだまする魂のそれだ。絶妙な響きでそれ自身「批評のことば」をなしているかのようだ。一歩間違えばエログロ的な映画にも見えるが、「人間存在の淵」が壊れる映画である。

 『ドミノ』は2005年10月公開の比較的新しい映画である。しかもその年の6月に実在モデルであるドミノ・ハーベイが35歳の若さで謎の死を遂げている。自宅のある西ハリウッドのコッテージだ。死因は鎮静剤の多量飲みすぎと言われている。映画はストリーを追うことを拒否するほどの場面展開が著しい。賞金稼ぎを生業とする仲間(ドミノ=キーラ・ナイトレイ、エド=ミッキー・ロークとチョコ=エドガー・ラミレス)を描きそれをテレビのドキュメンタリー番組(かつての「ビバリヒルズ高校生白書」の出演者二人も登場する)が一役買い彼等を取材するというバイオレンス否アクション映画。FBI調査官の尋問、ドミノの回想でストリーは展開していく・・・。
父親がリトアニア出身の俳優、ローレンス・ハーベイで母親がスーパーモデルというセレブリテイのドミノ・ハーべイは、「コインの表は生、裏は死」のことばを携えタフな世界に果敢に挑戦していくが、その「女の美学」に何か満たされない者の嘆きを感じてしまうのは筆者の思い過ごしだろうか。モッタイナイ、mottainai、だ。時間が来たのでこの続きはまた。ドミノ・ハーベイに関する興味ある記事をウキペティアとロサンゼルスタイムスから。

Domino Harvey
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Domino Harvey
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photo taken in 1994 Born August 7, 1969
London
Died June 27, 2005
Los Angeles
Occupation Bounty hunter
Parents Laurence Harvey
Paulene Stone
Domino Harvey (August 7, 1969 in London – June 27, 2005) was an English-born celebrity daughter turned Los Angeles bounty hunter, notable within that field for being female, rebellious, and from a privileged background. Though there is speculation as to whether or not she really was a model, there are in fact photographs which show her involved in what would appear to be modeling-related work[citation needed].

The daughter of Lithuanian-born actor Laurence Harvey and his third wife and widow, British fashion model Paulene Stone, she was reportedly named after Bond girl Domino Derval from the movie Thunderball (the character's real name was Dominique, though she was called Domino). However, her mother's choice of name was actually inspired by actress and former fellow model Dominique Sanda.[citation needed]

Domino was also the step daughter of Peter Morton, co-founder of the Hard Rock Café, by her mother’s marriage to him in the early 1980’s.

Harvey was expelled from 4 schools as a child, due to getting into fights. She claimed that she had initially followed her mother's footsteps as a Ford model before turning to more dangerous careers, but her employment with the agency has not been confirmed. She did run a London nightclub, and after moving to California at 19 or 20, worked as a San Diego ranch hand, volunteered with the Boulevard Fire & Rescue company near the Mexican border and, eventually, started bounty hunting. She was drawn to the job after seeing an advertisement in the paper for a bounty hunting seminar which was being held by veteran Ed Martinez, who would become her teacher and good friend. Harvey's mother gave her a kevlar vest for her birthday after finding out what her line of work was.[citation needed]

In and out of drug rehabilitation for years, on May 4, 2005, she was arrested at her home on a warrant issued in Mississippi after a federal grand jury indictment charged her and a co-defendant with conspiring to possess and distribute over a pound of methamphetamines.[citation needed] She was awaiting trial and under house arrest at the time of her death. She would have faced up to ten years in jail if she had been convicted.[citation needed]


Laurence Harvey and Paulene Stone with toddler Domino. (Splash News)On June 27, 2005 Harvey was found dead in a bathtub in West Hollywood after she became unresponsive while talking to Peter Dice, a "sobriety guardian." Ms. Harvey had hired Dice to help control her drug use. On September 3, the Los Angeles County coroner reported that a toxicological exam determined that Harvey died from an OD of fentanyl, an extremely potent painkiller. [1] Her funeral was on July 1, 2005 and among the attendees were Tony Scott, Mickey Rourke, and Steve Jones.

A film loosely based on her life called Domino was released in October 2005. There have been tabloid reports that the ending was changed following Domino's death, and also that she had been unhappy with her portrayal in the film (tabloids mistakenly identified her as a lesbian [citation needed]). The film studio has countered that she had been involved with the project with Tony Scott for nearly twelve years. Promotional featurettes for the movie include Domino on set with the cast and crew, she contributed to the songs on the soundtrack, and also attended the movie's wrap party in December 2004. Domino herself appears at the very end of the cast credits of the film. To acknowledge Domino's death, Tony Scott inserted an "In Loving Memory" title card for her at the end of the production credits.

She also appeared as an uncredited extra in the 2005 Keanu Reeves vehicle Constantine, as the demon who changes the color of her drinks during the first scene at Papa Midnight's bar.

A July 22, 2005 article by the Los Angeles Times [2] quotes her uncle, Warwick Stone, as saying: "she was considering suing several publications for describing her as a lesbian and was also considering suing one of the rehab facilities." Ed Martinez also stated that she had spoken to him about wanting to create a documentary, all based completely on her true life story, partly because of the movie Domino in order to set the record straight.
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Courtesy of THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Fall of a Thrill Hunter
Jet-set daughter Domino Harvey aspired to be a legend. In death, she may achieve it.

By Chris Lee, Special to The Times.

The day Domino Harvey died, she called her former partner, Ed Martinez, to reminisce about old times — the three violent, thrilling years they spent together as bounty hunters in South Los Angeles.

Harvey, daughter of the late British actor Laurence Harvey and supermodel Paulene Stone, had led a tormented, eccentric existence. She ran a London dance club, worked as a ranch hand in San Diego, then became a "bail recovery agent," hunting fugitives and carrying a shotgun she called Betsy.

A statuesque, 5-foot-9 blond, she seemed addicted to excitement, to adrenaline, as much as to cocaine and heroin.

Now, at 35, she was facing federal drug trafficking charges that carried a possible 10-year prison term. Word of her arrest had blazed through the British tabloids, infuriating her.

"She was telling me she was set up," Martinez said.

Then there was the movie. "Domino," an action comedy based on her life, was due in theaters soon. The film, starring Keira Knightley, took the usual Hollywood liberties with Harvey's life, depicting her as a European fashion model who becomes a bounty hunter and goes on to have her own reality TV show.

Harvey told Martinez that she wanted to make a documentary about her life to set the record straight. All of her life, other people had defined her. Now, she wanted to do so.

That evening, June 27, friends visited her at her West Hollywood cottage. Around 11 p.m. everyone had left, except a live-in "minder" that Harvey had hired to help her stay clean. Harvey went into the bathroom and closed the door. Seven minutes later, she was found dead.

Warwick Stone, Harvey's uncle, said she finally got what she wanted, if not in the way she would have wanted.

"She didn't want to be an ordinary person," he said. "She wanted to be a legend. I would like Domino to have a decent legend." Domino Harvey was born in London in 1969. Her father, born Laruschka Mischa Skikne, had transcended an impoverished Lithuanian-Jewish background to star as an English dandy in movies such as "Life at the Top" and "Darling." He played an American in his celebrated role in "The Manchurian Candidate."

Domino's mother was a Vogue cover girl who embodied Swinging London in the 1960s.

Laurence Harvey died of stomach cancer in 1973, when Domino was 4. He left a sizable inheritance, ensuring that she would be financially well off. It did not fill the void created by her father's death. By her teens, Harvey had been kicked out of four elite boarding schools.

At 16, she settled down at the Dartington Hall School in southwestern England and cultivated a skill that would prove useful later. "I spent my time making canoes and studying martial arts," she told London's Mail on Sunday newspaper in 1994. "It was really relaxed."

In the early '80s, her mother married Peter Morton, founder of the Hard Rock Caf・and Hotel chain, and moved to Los Angeles. Harvey, a teenager at the time, stayed behind, moving into an apartment in London's Notting Hill Gate neighborhood.

"It was a rough area," remembered Warwick Stone, former creative director for the Hard Rock Hotel franchise, who now lives in Sylmar. "Bloody policemen, race riots, bottle throwing."

A mythology grew up that like her mother, Domino was a model and that, unlike her mother, she had turned her back on the glamour of the runway for a fringe existence. But according to several family members and friends, Harvey never worked as a model.

She did show an entrepreneurial spirit, designing a funky clothing line and selling it at the Kensington Market. "She also ran one of the first clubs in London to do with the dance music scene," said Michael John Galvin, a British attorney who was a friend of Harvey from her London days and now lives in L.A.

Even then she was battling drug addiction. At 17, she visited her uncle and aunt in Israel, seeking to get to know members of her father's family. While there, she sneaked away to score drugs, recalled Nachshon Sneh, an Israeli cousin.

'Complete remake'

At 20, she moved to L.A. and into her mother's house in the Hollywood Hills. Two people who knew her then said her drug problem quickly landed her in rehab. By 1992, she was building a new life in San Diego.

Just as her father had, she began to create an image for herself. "He came across as a very fey, elegant dandy. In fact, he was anything but," said Domino's godfather, Peter Evans, a British journalist and author. "He eventually became what he had created. I think that quality — that complete remake — was in Domino."

She worked briefly as a ranch hand, then became a volunteer firefighter at the Boulevard Fire & Rescue company near the Mexican border. "She said she loved rescuing people," said one of her defense attorneys, Michael Mayock.

Two years later, she returned to L.A. intent on becoming a firefighter but was rejected by the Los Angeles Fire Department. She took courses as an emergency medical technician but never found work as a paramedic.

After reading about a two-week, $300 class for bail enforcement agents, Harvey decided to become a bounty hunter.

Martinez, a Vietnam veteran and gang member turned bounty hunter, was the teacher.

"She was young — maybe 22 or 23 at the time — tough and blond," he recalled. "She had on camouflage pants and a camo tank top and a big knife on her belt. She stood out."

Martinez introduced her to his boss, Celes King III, a legendary bail bondsman and civil rights activist who ran the Celes King Bail Bond agency in South Los Angeles. As Martinez's partner, Harvey embarked on a high-risk career as one of the only female bounty hunters of the time.

Harvey helped captured about 50 fugitives, Martinez said. He remembered 10 of those as "dangerous situations." Their work often took them out of state. He said Harvey took part in an armed stand-off in Texas, among other tense situations. In addition to her shotgun, she carried a 9-millimenter Browning pistol.

"She had money. She could afford good guns," Martinez said.

And she continued to use drugs on the job.

"Mostly coke, sometimes speed," Martinez said. "I did heroin with her occasionally. There was so much opportunity. You break down the door, arrest someone, they've got drugs. Well, you're going to get paid there too."

Again and again, Harvey tried to kick her habit. She became friends with Steve Jones, lead guitarist of the punk rock group the Sex Pistols — and a former junkie and alcoholic who has been drug free for almost 20 years. A mutual acquaintance had asked the rocker to help her.

Jones remembers hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains with Harvey one afternoon about 10 years ago when she collapsed. He attributed it to a drug reaction. "I was very angry actually ... I had asked her beforehand and she had sworn to me she was straight."

Beneath the tough exterior, Jones saw an insecure woman. "She was very shy and didn't have a lot of social skills," Jones said. "Whenever I took her out to meet friends, she wouldn't talk."

The Tony Scott connection

Word of an English rose trolling the streets of South Los Angeles for fugitives made its way to Britain. In the mid-'90s, a London tabloid profiled Harvey — and a business manager for Tony Scott, the director of films such as "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," sent the article to the director.

"I tracked her down, dug her out and that's where it all began," Scott said.

Captivated by Harvey, whom he remembered as "a fascinating little thing," the director seized upon the idea she would make a great movie subject. Scott began taping interviews with Harvey. They would form the basis of a script.

"One of her quotes — and this made it into the movie — 'Heads you live and tails you die.' That to me encapsulates how she lived her life," he said. "There was nothing as intoxicating, not even drugs, as actually kicking down a door and wondering what was on the other side."

She sold her life story to Scott for $360,000 in 1995. Around that time, Martinez left L.A., effectively ending Harvey's bounty hunting career. At some point in 1997 or 1998, Harvey's mother enrolled her in the Habilitat rehabilitation clinic in Hawaii, a long-term residential program.

"She was very unhappy about the whole thing," said Evans. "It was a very strict regime."

Part-time DJ

Harvey returned to Los Angeles in 2000 and enrolled in computer classes at Santa Monica College and UCLA. She did odd computer graphics jobs and occasionally served as a DJ at nightclubs in West Hollywood, including Louis XIV on La Brea, where she "loved to play early '80s hip-hop," recalled club owner Jean-Louis Bartoli.

A year earlier, Paulene Stone bought Domino and her sister, Sophie, a West Hollywood cottage on a tree-lined street a block from the Pacific Design Center. Sophie, an architect and interior designer, is Stone's daughter from an earlier marriage.

The sisters lived together in the cottage, and Domino continued to meet with Scott every six months or so to talk about the movie.

In 2003, Domino was arrested for possession of crystal methamphetamine. As a first offender, she was allowed to avoid trial and enter a treatment program.

Around that time, Sophie Harvey married Aspen businessman and philanthropist Richard Butera. Domino was introduced to Butera's son, Thomas Richard Butera Jr.

According to a family member, the sisters began to grow apart. But Harvey and the younger Butera became friends. At one point, she visited him at his home in Gulfport, Miss.; another time, he visited her in West Hollywood, said Anthony Salerno, one of Harvey's attorneys.

By 2004, "Domino" was moving into production. In October, Knightley signed on to play Domino for $2 million. The $60-million film began a 62-day shooting schedule using locations in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It is due to open Oct. 14.

Harvey was often on the set, serving as a technical consultant. Although it was widely reported that she was upset with her portrayal and with the liberties that screenwriter Richard Kelly, the writer-director of "Donnie Darko," took with her story, family and friends say Harvey was delighted with the movie.

"She was not happy about those reports," said her friend Galvin. "She really liked Tony Scott. There was no conflict there whatsoever. I would know about it: I was on the set with her many times and went to the wrap party with her."

In January, Butera Jr., 41, was arrested in Gulfport on charges of possessing methamphetamine and conspiring to distribute it. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of less than 50 grams of methamphetamine on June 7 and remains in jail while awaiting a Sept. 13 sentence, which could range from five to 40 years, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of Mississippi. Calls to Butera's attorney and family were not returned by press time.

In May, Harvey was arrested at her home on a warrant issued in Mississippi after a federal indictment charged her and a co-defendant named Eric Pae with conspiring to possess and distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. "She was very adamant that she did nothing wrong," Salerno said.

The last days

At a bail hearing in May, the judge deemed Harvey a flight risk. She had to put up the deed for the cottage she and her sister Sophie owned — now worth $1.2 million — and a $300,000 bond. The judge ordered her to surrender her passport and be confined to house arrest with an electronic anklet.

In Domino Harvey's final days, she girded herself for fights on several fronts. Stone, her uncle, said she was considering suing several publications for describing her as a lesbian and was also considering suing one of the rehab facilities.

And she had arranged to have her beloved pit bull, Blue, travel to Mississippi with her for a court hearing in early July.

"The major thing in Domino's life was her dog," said defense attorney Mayock. "That's what she talked about in jail. She didn't miss anybody else."

When she finally returned home, Harvey arranged to have four "minders" she had met at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings move into her house to keep her off drugs. Four days before she died, she called Jones. "I hadn't seen her for a long time but she started calling me, telling me she's straight now, can I take her to [12-step] meetings," he said. "I thought, 'Here we go again.' "

Although she had been out of touch with Martinez for nearly a decade, she tracked him down so Scott's production company, Scott Free, could pay him for including Martinez (Mickey Rourke plays the "Ed" character) in the film.

She also talked about the documentary she wanted to make.

"At the same time, she was asking me about another [bounty hunting] case I was working on," he said. "I was going to build her up and get her back in the business."

The Sheriff's Department said officers arrived at Harvey's house a little after 11 p.m. on June 27 and found her unconscious. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 11:28. A department spokesperson later said she had died in the bath.

The cause of death will not be determined until toxicology tests are completed, officials said.

Among those who attended Harvey's funeral on July 1 were Rourke, Scott, Peter Morton and Steve Jones.

"I think as the song goes, she was looking for love in all the wrong places," said Jones. "Another lost soul who couldn't find her way."


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