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September 12, 1980 - Image 101

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-09-12

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SHE DETROIT iEwisii NEWS

Michael Pressman
Directs Theater Film

MR. and MRS. HAROLD AUGUST
FLORI & LINDA SELTZER

of Russian Jewish immig-
rants. He was raised in a
HOLLYWOOD
highly artistic, theatrical
Michael Pressman is the family. His paternal
co-producer and director of grandparents were noted
"Those Lips, Those Eyes." opera performers in the old
Youthful Michael, in his country. His father is stage
student years, acted in and television director
summer stock, an experi- David Pressman.
ence he put to good use
After starting his show
while guiding the picture business career as a child
which has its setting in the actor, Michael attended
summer season of a Mid- Carnegie Tech in
west stock company in the Pittsburgh to study acting
early 1950s.
and directing. He then came
Frank Langella and to Los Angeles to attend
Glynnis O'Connor play CalArts School of Film and
members of the stock com- Radio, where he was greatly
pany, he as a song-and- encouraged by its dean,
dance man, she as a lead Alexander MacKendrick,
dancer. The triangle is com- the director of such pictures
pleted by Thomas Hulce as "The Sweet Smell of Suc-
who portrays an apprentice cess" and "The Man in the
property man. Kevin White Suit."
McCarthy looms on the
Michael raised the money
sideline as Langella's for his first feature film
sneaky agent.
himself. "That was the only
Langella last year gained- way I knew to break into the
world prominence as director ranks," he admits.
"Dracula" on the Broadway "I couldn't afford to wait
stage and in the subsequent around until someone asked
movie. Hulce was the hap- me."
less lad on stage and screen
That project was "The
in "Equus."
Great Texas Dynamite Ch-
Most of our other ase," distributed by Roger
players also had stage Corman's New World Pic-
experience," Pressman tures. Recently, he directed
says, "and there is no the critically-acclaimed
question that theatrical "Like Mom, Like Me," a
background made them CBS television film starring
feel more at home in the Linda Lavin and Kristy
story, particularly those McNichol.
who, like Hulce, appear
His wife, Constance, is
as backstage workers."
a violinist with the Debut
The romantic comedy, Symphony in -Los
with music written by Angeles. His brother-in-
David Shaber, and is law, Nicholas Meyer,
based on memories of his wrote the novels, "The
own past as,a stock com- Seven Percent Solution"
pany stagehand, al- and "West End Horror"
though it is not an au- and most recently made
tobiographical story.
his directorial debut with
Pressman filmed most of
Time After Time."
"Those Lips, Those Eyes" in
As an artist, Pressman
Cain Park Theatre in Cleve- believes that his work is an
land Heights, Ohio. The extension of his personality.
open-air theatre was built He becomes emotionally in-
in 1938 under a public volved in everything he is
works project on land origi- doing. Yet, he realizes what
nally deeded to the commu- he does is not complete un-
nity by John D. Rockefeller. less it reaches others.
Pressman has been a stu-
"You never know if the
dent of the cinema and the film works until it's
art of acting all his life. viewed," he says. His pic-
When he was 13, he made tures not only work. They
his first short film, "The communicate!
Fall of Dracula," (it is coin-
LARRY PEERCE, son
cidental that he sub- of Metropolitan Opera star
sequently worked with the Jan Peerce, completed
star of the multi-million entirely on location in
dollar feature, "Dracula") Spokane, Wash. the MGM
which was the hit of his New feature, "Why Would I Lie?"
York neighborhood.
from the screenplay by
At 17, he broadened his Peter Stone, based on the
scope and audience appeal novel, "The Fabricator" by
by single-handedly produc- Hollis Hodges, with Treat
ing a 30-minute romantic Williams, Lisa Eichhorn,
film called "Friends," which Valerie Curtin, Anne
won him a Cine Golden Byrne, Susan Helfond and
Eagle.
Jocelyn Brando (Marlon's
Good fortune contin- sister).
Williams, along with di-
ued to follow him. His
first feature-length pic- rector Peerce, producer
ture, The Great Texas Pancho Kohner and cast
Dynamite Chase," won members were at hand for a
unanimous critical festival at Spokane's River-
acclaim. His second film, front Park, with music,
"The Bad News Bears in rides and day-long
Breaking Training," was entertainment prior to the
a huge box office success, world premiere.
as was his third, the con-
troversial, "Boulevard
Anecdotes are sometimes
Nights," dealing with the the best vehicles of truth,
plight of Hispanic youths and if striking and appro-
in the outskirts of Los priate are often more im-
Angeles.
pressive and powerful than
Pressman is the grandson argument.

(Copyright 1980, JTA, Inc.)

friends a year filled with

health, happiness, joy

and peace

DAVID and ELLEN BURNSTEIN
MARK, ALAN & LINDA

wish all their family and

friends a year filled with

health, happiness, joy

and peace

MARILYN and BARRY GOODMAN
BRIAN and LISA

wish all their family and

friends a year filled with

health, happiness, joy

and peace

A very Happy, Healthy
and Prosperous New Year

to all our family and dear; friends

MR. and MRS.
MALE ELBAUM & FAMILY

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MR. and MRS.
JACK SONENBERG & FAMILY

By HERBERT LUFT

wish all their family and

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A very Happy, Healthy
and Prosperous New Year

to all our family and dear friends

MR. and MRS. LOUIS JONAS

801 Meridian, Apt. 2-E, Miami Beach, Fla. 33139

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A very Happy, Healthy
and Prosperous New Year

to all our family and dear friends

JULIUS and JOAN TAPPER
BEVERLY & STEVEN

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wish all their family and

friends a year filled with

health, happiness, joy

and peace

BARBARA, SHELDON,
JULIE & LISA WEISBERG

wish all their family and

friends a year filled with

health, happiness, joy

and peace -

A very Happy, Healthy
and Prosperous New Year

to all our family and dear friends

DR. HERBERT
APPLEBAUM & FAMILY

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Wishing all our friends
and relatives a happy and
healthy New Year

PAULA and LEONARD GREENBERG
SUE, RHONDA, JEFF & BRAD

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Wishing all our friends and
relatives a year of health
and happiness

MR. and MRS. DENNIS BENESON
MELANIE and BETH

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