THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, November 1, T968
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Tom's other bastard brother Benjamin
By HENRY GRIX
Benjamin, now showing at the
Fifth Forum, makes you long
for the days when "love was
like the unicorn, when beautiful
women cried if you lied and
told them they were ugly, when
there were two pairs of legs in
every basket and two bodies in
Sound like Tom Jones? It is.
But not so good because Benja-
min does not really mean it.
The film is a satire on the sat-
ire and finally ends up unsure
of and .not believing in itself.
A movie .that fails to trust the
obvious merits of sumptuous
colors, bare breasts and Cath-
erine Deneuve cannot be all
good. And, of course, it can't
be all bad.
Benjamin is hilariously bawdy'
during its first half. Although
it lacks the remarkable camera
which inspired the.English land-
scapes of Tony Richardson's
film, Michel Deville's chateau
country is revealed as a sort of
pastoral paradise, an unreal
world of picnics on the grass
and orgies in the barn.
If you were raised in this at-
mosphere, you might become "a
French Tom Jones." But Ben-
jamin (Pierre Clementi), "an
early orphan,l' has spent his 17
years alone, with his mentor,
U.S. war deserters
find Sweden livable
and it is not until he visits his
aging, but ravishing, aunt (Mi-
chele Morgan) that he realizes
his tutor taught him nothing.
Thus he is Jones' antithesis, and
his story is "the diary of an in-
nocent young boy."
Benjamin is the perfect pawn
for satire on satire. What he
doesn't know mocks the lewd.
satirical suggestions of Tom
Jones. "What is desire?" he e.
wonders. "I a will teach you to
desire passion like an apple,"
the buxom servant pants, and
her downcast eyes suggests she
means two apples.
"How can one 'make' a senti-
ment?'' Benjamin asks the Ma-
dame de Chartres. She stares at
the adolescent, dumbfounded.
Since the opportunity is too
perfectly available for Benja-
min to learn how to "make" a
Isentiment, he never manages to
share his bed until the end of
the film. This is appropriately
ironic, and it provides the di-
rector with a chance to have
Indoctrinating Benjamin in
the way of the libertine, the
boy's uncle (I'm not your un-
cle,: I'm your aunt's lover) be-
comes his pedagogue. A Tom
Jones, twenty years later, the
rogueish "uncle" (Michel Pic-
coli) reflects the brooding bore-
dom of a man who "always eats
before I'm hungry" and hun-
gers after women he does not
love because they are the spice
(while Benjamin is struggling
to lose his innocence, in the
straw). "Uncle" acquires a ter-
rible passion for Anne, who re-
sponds. The countess cries and
cuts her hand on a goblet (It
was only a scrotch).
'You don't mind my not
loving you," Miss Deneuve sighs
as she sleeps with Benjamin to
spite the adoring rake. "I wasn't
thinking of it," Benjamin an-
All this would be the most
pungent satire, if it were not
played for phychological real-
ism. The cast do not mimic
themselves, or deadpan; they
actually "feel" their parts. Such
bitterness is out of place in a
pagan garden of pleasures. The
beginning was better.
"THE LOVED ONE".
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And so they became readers, not
just the former college students--
who by no means are the domin-
ant group-but "even those who
probably hadn't read more than
one whole book in their entire
But reading certainly isn't all.
They have, as well, lives to live,
and much has to be done. Few
think very much about the distant
future, expecting to live in Sweden
for some time, but all expecting
to return to the United States
eventually. But the necessities of
life in Sweden don't give them,
that much time to think of it..
Despite receiving benefits from
the government-eighteen dollars
Despite receiving benefits from
the government - eighteen dollars
a month plus a housing allowance
-it 7s little more than a sub-
sistence allowance and work has
to be done.
The governments of France and
Sweden are the only two which are
open about granting asylum to re-
serters and, resistors - they have
about 40 and 150 deserters, re-
spectively. Other European coun-
tries (Belgiun, Netherlands and
Italy) are known to have some de-
serters, but they allow them only
on the condition that they refrain
from publicizing their presence.
Sweden, oit the other hand, despite
cordial relations. with the, United'
States, is at least decent to the
deserters, if not actually encour-
Recipients of "humanitarian
asylum," the status deserters re-
ceive, have complete political free-
dom in Sweden, but not in France
where they are barred from any
Besides having few common
denominators personally, their
sources are diverse. There were
deserters from all the services, but
the Marines seemed to be rep-
resented out of proportion to their
Blacks also seem to be repre-
sented well, roughly in proportion
to their numbers in the services-
about 20 per cent. Sax says they
did not seem to have any special
Life is not easy in either coun-
try. Jobs are hard to find both in
Paris and Stockholm, and many
of the jobs available are menial.
Language is a problem in both
countries, one which the Swedish
government is working actively to
overcome. It is willing to pay stu-
(dents a stipend, larger than the
benefits they would ordinarily re-
ceive, for learning the language.
"They're encouraging the resisters
to become 'productive citizens'",
And they are admittedly lonely.
"They were really glad to talk to
us,'" Sax says, "They really wanted
to know that someone in the
States cared about them."
Despite the problems, perhaps
or because of them, the .deserters
and resisters seem to be, psycho-
logically at least, on solid ground.
"I had expected them to be in
a kind of stupor," Sax admits, "but
there is about them, as a whole,
quite a feeling of vitality. They
have satisfied themselves, after
much thought, that they have
done the right thing. It gives them
a certain sense of personal secur-
ity. That's' what they have in com-
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