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'Official Story': Great
Film With A Message
more is said.
The Official Story has been Nothing
As we watch, we realize that
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nominated for an Oscar as one of
the best foreign films of the year. the crimes we are told about all
The nomination should simply happening to nice, we
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have been for best film of the intentioned people like us. As the
year, from anywhere. It is magni- wife and mother realizes what
ficent, perhaps one of the best has happened in her country and
to the people around her, we, too,
films of the decade.
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The subtlety, intensity and realize, with some alarm, "It
• Chrome or gold frames
• Clear, gray or
depth of this film will touch, could happen to us." If there ever
• Clear, bronze or
move and provoke you. Its shat- was a film which reminded us
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terhig climaxes will sweep you again how easily our precious
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liberties could be stolen by a
The great achievement of predatory government, this is it.
film-maker Luis Puenzo has been But don't think for a moment
to make an intimate, personal that this is a political tract. It is
. story that serves as one of the not. It is an overwhelmingly ef-
most powerful indictments of fective personal drama.
I don't want to take away any
authoritarianism and political
repression ever made. There are of the film's enormous impact only
no scenes of torture or brutality. telling too much. Let me say poa
The Official Story
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through the night. No sadistic science in which a mother must
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soldiers beating or killing inno- consider giving up what she loves
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On the contrary, life appears to knows is right.
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be perfectly normal and routine.
Given that this is not a teenage
Only slowly do we realize that rock'n roller, or a blood-and-guts
something is terribly wrong.
shoot'em up, it's hard to say how
The scene is Argentina, 1983. long it will be in town. But you
The people,we meet are members can't affort to miss it. So I urge
of the establishment: suctessful, • you to hurry to see one of the
well-to-do, sophisticated. They great films of the '80s, The Offi-
party, chat and gossip.
The central characters seem cial Story.
particularly happy. He is a mid-
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level government bureaucrat.
She teaches history at a prep
school. They have a lively, beau-
tiful, intelligent child that they
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Friday, March 7,
seems to be the central focus of
Gradually, we learn that the A J Com m ittee
10 R.M. cake and coffee and a view of spring fashions at
child has been adopted. And that
Monday, March 10,
is when we .begin to suspect that B _ acks Firing
some horrible dark secret lies be-
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that can destroy the lives of these with two Christian groups in an
Wednesday, March 12, 7 P.M. cocktails and canapes with interior designer,
seemingly happy people.
amici curiae brief to the United
SUSAN WINTON-FEINBERG at her gallery.
Norma Aleandro is incredibly States Supreme Court arguing
real as the woman. You see so de- that a state may not intrude on a
in the kitchen of his restau-
eply into her soul that she is al- private religious school's decision
with CHEF DUGLASS
Thursday, March 13,
most translucent. You under- to dismiss a teacher who has vio-
stand her feelings so well that lated that school's basic religious
you forget she isspeaking in beliefs.
Spanish and hardly need to read
In the case of Dayton Christian
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great screen performances.
Commission, Linda Hoskinson, a
, In an era of terrific child actors, teacher at the schoO1 since 1974,
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became pregnant and was ad-
the little girl here stands
is exceptional. I didn't catch her vised by school officials that she
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- isn't a weak performer or a wrong
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political drama. First we see or
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this nice, civilized society. with f ns of
We get the briefest glimpse of a Italy in America in protesting
man who comes to the bureauc-
rat's of fice, fearful of is charm, the Chester County Press news-
ment subpoena. All a govern
smiles and civility as he is hus- papeF.
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