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September 05, 1975 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-09-05

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, September 5, 1975

Review of Politically Significant Movies

By HERBERT G. LUFT

ermath of the Vietnam dis-
aster, this column turns to
films of political signifi-
cance, and to stories dealing
with the past, present and

(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)

In the immediate post-
Watergate year and the aft-

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future of our country.
sweep in the early 1890s.
commending him on the
"All the President's Men ?„
"Posse," from a story by
produced by Warner Bro s. Christopher Knopf (with production of "Hearts and
from a screenplay by Wi l- the author collaborating on Minds." The audience at the
may the
Liam Goldman, deals wit h the screen play), was pro- Music Center was even more
the positive efforts of Wash - duced and directed by Kirk irritated when Frank Sina-
onsitif
ington reporters Carl Bern - Douglas for his own, the tra read a disclaimer from
stein (portrayed on th e Bryna Co., with Kirk por- the Academy, a reply writ-
gear
screen by Dustin Hoffman ) traying the central charac- ten by Bob Hope and not au-
thorized
by
the
president
of
and Bob Woodward (Rober t ter of U.S. Marshal Howard
tering Peace
Redford, whose own com - Nightingale, the composite the Academy of Motion Pic-
ture
Arts
and
Sciences.
pany acquired the motio n of a number of politicians of
and stealth
Steve Krantz, who has
picture rights to the boo k the past and present.
made
himself
a
name
with
a
prior to publication).
a All
The picture probes deeply
Producer Walter Coblen z the sick mentality of a man series of feature-length car-
toons,
such
as
"Fritz
the
(who previously heade d obsessed by greed and the
Redford's film "The Candi - lust for power. Nightingale Cat" and "Heavy Traffic"
date," an expose of nationa 1 is a "law-and-order" propo- (which demand respect for
election shenanigans) said nent who tries to win the artistic excellence), cur-
NEW
the movie is a constructiv e hearts and minds of the con- rently is on the screen with
account of fearless and in - servatives and liberals alike, "Cooley High," and now
telligent journalism result - by over-accentuating the turns to the dynamic ac-
ing in the investigative re - menace of hoodlums and count of the "CIA," an-
porting by two young men outlaws much of whose de- nounced a $10 million
who thus won the Pulitzer structive activities he has budget for the motion pic-
ture "The Director," from
Prize and helped to main- helped to create with his
583 MONROE
tain the principle of democ- ruthless methods of opera- the pen of CIA agent Victor
Marchetti
who
had
resigned
racy, something no one in tions.
(Continued on Page 43)
other foreign countries
"Posse" is precise and
would have dared to under- never editorializes. The
take for fear of winding up thought-provoking yarn
in jail.
Wishing All Our Friends and Customers
reveals the awful truth

C

HELLAS

CAFE

"All the President's
Men" represents an im-
posing task for Warner
Bros., because it will be
seen by a generation of
theater-goers the world
over who lived through it
and consider themselves
conversant with the prin-
cipal facts and figures,
and with the circumst-
ances which brought
about the downfall of
President Nixon and many
of his men.

that ordinary good people
never want to be involved
with the law; they look
away when someone is in
trouble and will switch to
the winning team regard-
less of moral issues in-
volved.

"Hearts and Minds," the
Academy Award-winning
documentary, co-produced
by Bert Schneider, investi-
gates the origin of Ameri-
ca's involvement in Indo-
china and the subsequent
Kirk Douglas, who not full-fledged war in both
only is one of the world's Vietnam and Cambodia.
leading stars for more than Combining newsreel footage
a quarter of a century, but from the battle scene, the
also a responsible U.S. citi- effects of air attacks on
zen who has served our North and South, the pic-
country under two presi- ture derives additional sig-
dents, Kennedy and John- nificance by taped inter-
son as ambassador of good views with Walt Rostov, na-
will — on missions to South tional security advisor to
America, the Far and Mid- the late President Lyndon
dle East and Israel, and on Johnson, and some of our
behalf of the State Depart- high brass who were not
ment toured six Iron Cur- aware of the contents and
tain countries — seems to meaning of the documen-
fit perfectly into this annual tary then in the editing
feature column, especially rooms.
since Kirk just now came
During the Academy
out with a motion picture Awards show, Schneider
which deals with an election came forward to read a let-
campaign for the Senate as ter from the chief delegate
forerunner of a presidential of the Vietcong in Paris

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