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April 18, 1980 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-04-18

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

24 Friday, April 18, 1980

Marshall Brickman: Woody Allen's Former
Film Collaborator Goes Solo on 'Simon'

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ALAN ARKIN portrays
the title role of a lovable but
rather naive college profes-
sor named "Simon" who has
been experimenting with
outrageous schemes when
picked up by four smarties
from a governmental
"think-tank," brainwashed
and forced to believe that he
is an alien of a species from
outer space.
A miserable failure be-
fore in his life's studies, and
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women, Simon now uses his
newly found- notoriety as a
spring board from which to
make on television, radio,
and in person lofty pro-
nouncements on the qual-
ity, or rather the lack of it,
in modern-day America
and throughout the world.
Writer-director Marshall
Brickman, says that "Si-
mon" is "a contemporary sc-
reen comedy with bleak
overtones about outer
space, inner space, and why
nothing works. And I don't
mean just the toaster!"
"Simon" represents
Brickman's first directional
effort, following his
screenplay collaboration
With Woody Allen on
"Sleeper" and "Annie Hall,"
for which he and Allen were
honored with Oscars. He
was also Allen's co-author
on the successful picture
"Manhattan." The current
work, an Orion production
for Warner Bros. release, is
Brickman's first solo
screenplay credit, based on
an original story he wrote
with Thomas Baum.
SIDNEY FURIE has been
released as director of "The
Jazz Singer," now before the
cameras at the Goldwyn
Studios in Hollywood, after
completing exteriors in
New York.
Producer Jerry Leider
states, "We could not come
to an agreement on certain
concepts for the second half
of the film and have decided
to amicably terminate our
relationship on this particu-
lar project."
The picture, a modern
variation of the Al Jolson
talkie of half a century ago,
stars Neil Diamond in the
title role, with Sir Laurence
Olivier as the cantor-father;
Lucie Arnaz and Catlin
Adams.
It is an EMI release
worldwide except for the
U.S. and Canada where the
film is being distributed by
AFD, with a soundtrack
album by Capitol Reocrds.

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Diamond has written a
series of new songs, includ-
ing Hebrew and Yiddish
chants.
CHARLES HIGHAM, the
author of a controversial
biography of Errol Flynn,
tells this column that the
enigmatic physician who
became Flynn's nemesis
and inspired the star's al-
leged Nazi activities is Dr.
Herman Erben, who sur-
vived the war years and now
lives in Vienna while his

former wife is here to volun-
teer details to the author of
the forthcoming book to be
published this month by
Doubleday.

THE WEST GERMAN

epic, "The Tin Drum," is one
of the strongest indictments
of Nazi insanity to hit the
screen. Based on the best-
selling novel by Guenter
Grass and directed by Vol-
ker Schloendorff, the pic-
ture pulls no punches in its
approach to the past.

May 23 Deadline for Israel
Olympic Boycott Decision

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Is-
rael has until May 23 to de-
cide whether or not to
boycott the Olympic Games
in Moscow this summer.
The decision will have
political ramifications and
could possibly affect Israel's
future participation in in-
ternational sports events;
according to Yitzhak Ofek,
chairman of the Israel
Olympic Committee.
The decision by the
American Olympic Com-
mittee to stay out of the
games at President Carter's
behest because of the Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan is
bound to be a factor in the
Israeli decision.
Ofek noted that Israel
will have to take into con-
sideration the U.S. atti-
tude and that of the West
European countries.
On the other hand, he
said, Israel has fought con-
sistently against attempts

to inject politics into sports'.
It would be difficult, there-
fore, for it to explain a
boycott of the Olympics.
A boycott may also
endanger Israel's precari-
ous position in the sports
world which has come in-
creasingly under the grip of
politicians, he noted.
Many attempts have been
made by the Arab countries
and some of their Third
World and Communist al-
lies to keep Israel out of in-
ternational events.
Israel must also take
into consideration the
fact that the presence of
Israeli athletes in Mos-
cow would bd of great
importance to Soviet
Jews and could encour-
age aliya, Ofek said.
Israel Prime Minister
Menahem Begin said that
as far as he is concerned, Is-
rael should not participate
in the Moscow events.

Communal Birthday Wishes
to Dora Aronsson on90th

Mrs. Maurice (Dora)
Aronsson, whose reputation
for orderliness and dressing
impeccably is known
community-wide, cele-
brated her 90th birthday
this past week.
Nee Dora Abramsohn,
Mrs. Aronsson was the
daughter of an old Detroit
Jewish family. She married
Mr. Aronsson, founder of
the Aronsson Printing Co.,
59 years ago. He died in
1976. Her son, Herbert, who
recently retired as
president of the Jewish
Home for Aged, now is
chairman of the board of the
family business.
Mrs. Aronsson is the
mother of Margie Shell of
Bloomfield Hills and the
late Lois Kottler. She has
eight grandchildren.
According to her son,
Mrs. Aronsson was de-
voted to her family. In
addition, she takes an
avid interest in current
events and reads two
newspapers daily.
She is a member of
Franklin Hills Country
Club, the Standard Club
and Cong. Shaarey Zedek.
She also holds life member-
ship in Hadassah. Her hus-
band also was active in
communal concerns.
Mrs. Aronsson's birthday
Tuesday was the occasion
for a double celebration,

MRS. ARONSSON

since her son, Herbert,
celebrates his birthday on
the same day.

Marriages

Varda
(Barbara)
Meyers and Dov Epstein
were married recently. The
bride is the daughter of Mrs.
George M. Meyers of
Pittsburgh, Pa., formerly of
Oak Park. Parents of the
bridegroom are Mr. and
Mrs. Irwin Epstein of
Skokie, Ill. The new Mrs.
Epstein and her husband
are residing in Jerusalem.

Nothing more completely
baffles one who is full of
trick and duplicity than
straightforward and simple
integrity in another.

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