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MORT AT THE MOVIES
Redford Misses In 'Africa,'
But DeVito Steals 'Jewel'
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Out of Africa (PG) is a "big” That diminutive dastard, Danny
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But somehow, the big impact
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isn't there. •And, the reason it loveable villain since Captain
misses is named Robert Redford. Hook. DeVito isn't much scarier
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He's not Out of Africa — he's than that fairy tale bad guy. He
is so cute, so funny that you just
just plain out of it.
Granted, this is primarily don't believe he could really do
Meryl Streep's picture. As Baro- anything bad. Of course, this
ness Karen Isak Dinesen Blixen, picture demands a great deal of
Streep is indeed the central fi- suspension of disbelief through-
gure. But the central event in out. •
The opening set-up, in which
this period of Dinesen's life is
supposedly the great rera.ance Turner takes off from her idyll
with the character played by with Douglas for a trip into the
Redford. And how can you have bowels" of an African dictator-
a great romance with a dead ship, is as artificial as a paper
Once past this blessedly brief
Streep, on the other hand, is
superb. Her characterization of plot contrivance, we're into a
the gutsy Dinesen is fascinating fast-paced, furiously funny
series of adventures and mis-
from first to last.
She is by turn arrogant,
The dilemmas are as hair-
manding, passionate, pleading
as the situation requires. This is raising as any ever faced by
a different woman than any of Pauline (as in The Perils of-),
Streep's other major screen Batman, or Indiana Jones. And
roles. She gives us a conpletely the escapes are just as unreal.
credible character with dimen- But isn't it fun?
Along with DeVito, the other
sion and complexity.
One of the outstanding facets second banana who provides lots
of Streep's portrayal is her flaw- of laughs is Avner Eisenberg.
less Danish accent. She has a He plays the great holy man,
marvelous ear and an uncanny who is the only one who can
knack for creating the very stop the poWer-mad dictator
from starting an African war.
rhythms of foreign speech.
Eisner has a soft, fey kind of
But, alas, for some of the cri-
tics' taste, she does it too well charm that is truly refreshing.
and they have made snide re- Recently seen on Broadway in
marks .about Streep with his own one-man magic show,
To CUTLASS CIERA
"another clever dialect." I fail to Avner the Eccentric, Eisenberg
understand why they fault her is a real find. He should have
for what she does better than many producers at his doorstep
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gives us good old Midwestern together.
Sequels are tough. They have
U.S.A. speech. I suppose this
was probably the smartest thing to be original enough to be in-
he could do, since no one would teresting, yet they have to carry
accept Redford as an En- over enough to satisfy. The
glishman anyway. Redford's Jewel of the Nile succeeds ad-
golden blow-dried locks are not mirably on both counts. If you
right for the real life character's liked Romancing the Stone,
bald dome, either. Let's put it you'll have a good time at The
Jewel of the
all to mis-casting.
The photography will not dis-
appoint you. It is as magnificent
as you expect. And the lush
musical score helps you enjoy
the panoramic shots. By all
means, see this one in a theatre
with a big screen.
Former Detroiter Kurt Last: Poll
Luedtke vaults into the
Aviv (JTA) — Most Is-
superstar category himself with
his script for this one. The story raelis expeet the National Unity
does have an epic sweep and is Government to last out its nor-
engrossing throughout. The only mal four-year term, according to
lapse is midway in the Streep- a public opinion poll by the Pori
Redford romance when the Research Institute, published
dialogue starts to sound a little last week in the Haaretz daily. \
The poll showed that 61.3 per-
soap-operish. But part of the
blame for this must lie with cent of the representative sam-
Redford's lackluster perfor- ple of 1,200 Israelis queried
••4)0 down plus 4% use tax. plates. I st. mot
thought the coalition would not
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purchase F.M.V. •
With the right co-star for
Streep, this might have been the . cent expected it to break up be-
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great romantic picture that di- , fore the end of its normal term.
rector Sidney Pollack hoped for. The replies were evenly split
declared_. supporters of
As it is, Out of Africa is always among
interesting but never very mov-
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