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PAGE TWO

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE TWO THE MiCHIGAN DAiLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 1988

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 1968

cinema
'Festival': Collage of Feeling

Faculty Group Suggests
Continuing Most Research

(Continued from Page 1)

It feels such members "would

By JIM PETERS
So you're sitting there in the
rain, thunder mixing with fiz-
zing Coke bottles, and Joan Baez
and Peter, Paul and Mary are up
there on stage yelling it so loud
that -everyone can believe "It's
not raining!" - and everyone be-
lieves it.
So the Newport Folk Festival
continues each year, drawing col-
lege folk-heroes and backwoods
hillfolk, dragging in money and
crowds and celebraties and some-
time a little history and truth.
There's a record on the Van-
guard label of the yearly happen-
ings, but seldom as personal and
complete a review of Newport as
this film-documentary "Festival"
(1963-66), now playing at the
Campus. The silent commentary of
the camera and the endless round
of ballads, spirituals and blues,
provide an unplapned dialogue as
the lyrics and sound surround
each scene with an aural comple-
ment to the action. By moving be-

tween montage shots of "bright
young faces" and the artists them-;
selves, the editors can easily de-
lineate their theme.
The advertisements and pro-
motionals prefer to label the flim
the "Insight and Insound of a
Generation," but I feel producer
Murray Lerner and his camera-
ment would rather have us see
the real contradictions and par-
adoxes in the folk field. These
paradoxes above all tend to em-
phasize a kind of sincerity in all
this in contrast to fake trappings
of the "show."
And the sincerity is in the
music. Above all others are the
two towering figures in folk, Joan
Baez and Bob Dylan, The. clear
crystal purity of Miss Baez in
such songs as her famous "Fare-
well, Angelina" closely parallels a
brief conversation in the film in
which she talks about kids' ideals
and some beautiful philosophies
of life. The way she treats the.
throngs who idolize her makes us
believe everything she's saying.

Bob Dylan (an unfamiliar sight
since his long but recently ended
hermitage) sits in the back of
a car and quickly puts his sun-
glasses on to fans pounding on
the rolled-up windows but says,
"They're all my friends." And yet
everyone Judy Collins, Peter, Paul
and Mary is singing Dylan - uni-
versal expressions coming from a
not so out-going man.
There are names: Buffy Ste.
Marie, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Don-
ovan, and more, but this film
view ' of Newport is rounded out
by whispering old men playing
blues on out-of-tune guitars, and
many namejess gospel groups, and
the players and dancers from the
mountains of the South.
Along with folk, blues is the
focus of attention. "It's not blues
if it moves," says one old man.
The long sad history of Negro
blues is contrasted with the new
blues-rock groups and punctuated
'with reminiscenses of old ladies
talking about the music they
learned from their "pappys" along
the Mississippi. All alone, with
the crowds streaming towards the
stage behind her, one old woman
sums it all up saying that the
fok music of today is the pop of
200 -300 years ago: "Things
cange."
We listen to the words of all
these songs, the protest, the
mournful, arrogant lyrics while
faces flash across the screen. Don-
ovan against the Vietnam war
("They wouldn't let me sing this
song on the BBC"), Odetta and
Buffy on freedom from different
viewpoints, and spiritualists on
the goodness and help of the Lord
set off this "true" expression
from its misleading show bus-
iness aura.
CORRECTION
In yesterday's Daily, it was
reported that the new Grad-
uate library is being paid for
almost entirely from gift funds.
Actually, the addition is being
financed with $1.6 million in
gifts, a $2 million federal loan
and a $1.5 million federal
grant.

Thailand work in about two not contribute to making the
weeks. However, that report will kinds of considered judgments,
contain no recommendations on case by case, envisaged as neces-
future policy concerning the sairy for a defensible University
Thailand activities. stance vis-a-vis classified re-I
The committee dismissed a pro- search."
posal advanced by some that The committee said that par-
WRL (where most of the classi- tially because of internal differ-
fied work is done) should be ences, the question of "student
made independent from the representation on the proposed
school in order to "isolate clas- review committee" will be de-
sified work." ferred until the Presidential com-
"While such a solution would mission report on the role of stu-
permit the University to proclaim dents in decision-making is out.
that it had abolished all classi- The report included an elabor-+
fied research, the Committee felt
that such an arrangement would, ate defense of the necessity of
in fact, constitute little more classified research.
than a public relations gesture." It said that "Classified projects
The report suggested that fac- are accepted primarily because
ulty committed to the extreme this is the only way, at the mo-j
position that "any classified re- ment, to secure financial support
search is appropriate" or the oth- for certain significant researchI
er extreme that "no classified re- projects ... One must submit to
search is appropriate" should not the nuisances and restrictions in-
serve on the new nine-man re- volved in order to secure support
view committee. for certain types of research."

Student or Teacher
to do library
research at University
of Michigan Library
Prefer library science major,
$3.00 per hour.
Write M.I.S., P.O. Box 5129
Grosse Pointe, Michigan 48236
Are you uncertain, questioning,
and confused about your faith?
COME LISTEN AND
DISCUSS WITH US.
THE SEARCH
FOR FAITH
presented by.
DR. CALVIN MALEFYT
JAN. 19 at 7:30 P.M.
UGLI Multipurpose Room
3rd floor
Sponsored by: Michigan
Christian Fellowship
Try Daily Classifieds

Judy Succop
singing ballads, blues, folk-music,
playing guitarC
SATURDAY
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ELIZABE
TAYLOR
BRANDO
IN THE JOHN HUSTON-RAY STARK PRODUCTION
REFLECTIONS
IN A GOLDEN EYE
SAT., SUN. TIMES: 1 :15-3:15-5:15-7:00-9:00

Bogey, Robinson
Blossom in 'Orchid'

By ANN MUNSTER
Lloyd Bacon's "Brother Or-
chid," at Cinema Guild tonight
musters the diverse forces of
gangsters and clergymen into an
"exciting drama," where mobster
Edward G. Robinson performs
the positively amazing feat of
masquerading as a monk in a
monastery while plotting revenge
on the underworld organization,
while Humphrey Bogart plays
cowboy.
One must see "Brother Orchid"
expecting to be cheered up by
the overt improbability of the
plot, the manifestly absurd cast
of characters and the unabashed
asininity of some of the lines. For
example, Ann Sothern's presen-
tation of a good luck piece to
Robinson with a cheery "My
mother gave it to me. She took
it off of my uncle when he was
hung" provides a refreshing re-
lief . from the more refined anc
subtle improbabilities which an
additional 28 years of American
cinematic experience have man-
aged to produce.
The plot unfolds with the un-
varied violation of logic required
to keep the audience's attention
steadfastly focused upon the in-
credible; rapidity of some of the
action and - unless one under-
stands the unusually perverse
mentality of some script writers-
its total unpredictability.
There is nothing particularly
unusual about this. The film's
claim, to uniqueness derives rath-
er from the comparative youth

and innocence of the gangsters,
who unpredictably resort to such
playful varieties of malevolence
as a hot seat and throwing Rob-
inson's briefcase after him. And
then there is the rather primitive
manifestation of "Flower Power"
represented by the Monastery of
the brothers of the Flowers. The
Hippy Movement seems to have
been barely underway in 1940.
With .a few redeeming excep-
tions, the built-in vulnerability of
the film as a medium has result-
ed in a vast onslaught of serysa-
tionalist or sugary films, relative-
ly few of which are even cleverly
done. The presenattion of "Broth-
er Orchid" and other films star-
ring such masters of subtlety as
Robinson and Humphrey Bogart
are an enjoyable and vital anti-
dote to a relatively flourishing
malignancy.
But they are certainly an ex-
perience in which we can revel
for its own complete lack of de-
mands upon our higher aesthetic
sensibilities as well as its careful
avoidance of real appeals to
crasser faculties. And then there
is the feeling of smugness of
which few of us wish to admit, at
being invited to ridicule what we
are not likely to take seriously
anyway.
There is something .decidedly
comforting in the subtle procla-
mation of the monk "in doing for
others, it is we ourselves who get
the greater rewards" when it is
coupled with the rather over-
whelming proof of this proposi-
tion as provided by the outcome.

An OrganizationalMeeting for the
CONSERVATIVE UNION
will be held
SUNDAY, JAN. 21
at 3:00 P.M. in the third floor conference
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