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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, December 6, 1968

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Chicago: The good guys propaganda

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FRIDAY, DEC. 6
NOON LUNCHEON DISCUSSION
BUFFET 25c

XEBOX
COPIES
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21i S. State
769-420-12
1217 S. University
769-O6

By HENRY GRIX
The Seasons Change, a 60-
minute .documentary on last
summer's "police riot" in Chi-
cago, develops the proposition
that America is a totalitarian
state, even if it doesn't look like
it on Veteran's Day.
This seems absurd from the
curb of State Street, across from
Angell Hall. But the sights and
sounds of Chicago's State Street
and Michigan Avenue last Au-
gust are repulsive and stirring
enough to make you believe it.
You'd better believe it.
The film, made with the joint
resources of the American Civil
Liberties Union and the Na-
tional Mobilization to End the
War in Vietnam, and showing
for the first time (anywhere) in
Ann Arbor this weekend, is,
plainly, propaganda.
It is an answer to Mayor
Daley's television short white
washing his police force; it
amounts to a whitewash of the
demonstrators. It is calculated
to convert the conscience-strick-
en who would still chose to be-
lieve that it can't happen here.
It did happen in Chicago for
at least a few days last sum-
mer. Unfortunately for Mayor
Daley and the conscience strick-
en, it did happen on film. The
whole world has been watching
ever since.
No matter how 'many times
you have heard it, the apparent
totalitarian character of Amer-
ica is a startling thing to ob-
serve. The ACLU-Mobilization
films are compiled from CBS
footage and their own camera
workers. There is nothing real-
ly new to see if you watched
television, but the juxtaposition
of the events in Chicago with
the demonstrators and dele-
gates make a forceful presenta-
tion.
Of course, the demonstrators'
provocative actions "which took
the form of obscene epithets,
and of rocks, sticks, bathroom
tiles and even human feces
hurled at the police," (accord-
ing to the Walker investigation
report released Sunday) are,
conspicuously absent. All the
protesters are revealed as "Om"
breathing, watermelon-munch-
lng gentle folk, harrassed by
police brutality.
But according to the Walker
Report, and clearly; on film, the
demonstrators were indeed bru-
talized by police. Despite the
propaganda quality of the do-
cumentary-indeed because of;
it-the film should be seen.
"Chicago was the last gasp of
those who want to suppress so-

cial change, or the first step of
the unraveling of this country,"
one demonstrator asserts.
Structured with such sensa-
tional comments, the document-
ary derives its punch from the
fact that the speakers are come-
ly, serious ministers, a wide-
eyed plump teenager and a soft-
voiced McCarthy aide who calls
himself "politically naive."
There is even Ann Kerr, a
member of British Parliament
whose arrest would have been

a ludicrous sham if she hadn'it
been maced by the cop who
shoved her in the paddywagon
However, the fihn is notable
for not taking sensaionl ot
shots at personaliies involved.
Despite apparent blunderings,
Daley is never maligned, nor is
police operations director Depu-
ty Superintendent Rochod
And significantly,. te oly
character to call the police
"pigs" is a slight'y d:unk busi-
man, who was shoved fro a

bar. "I'm not one of those Yip-
pies," he says.
The Yippies, incidentally,
have their "official statement"
tagged on the end of The Sea-
son Change. Following the awe-
somni social comment, the Youth
International Party is able to
make slapstick fun of the head-
splitting acts of the police.,
Chicago is turned into a
modern myth, juxtaposed with
Vintage sequences from D. W.
Grifitlfs Intolerance. What

they're objecting to, the Yip-
pies complain to their candidate
(a Pig) "the American dream
has been betrayed."
In other words, both films
are memorable, if distorted,
slices of history that no one
should forget. Both will be shown
tonight, Saturday and Sunday
at the Fifth Forum at 11 p.m.
Earlier showings will be at 7
and 8:30 p.m. in the First Meth-
odist Church on State Street.
And Saturday, the film will
show at the same time at Tap-
pan Junior High School.

FRIDAY EVENING

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This will not be shown on T.V. in this area !
PLUS ON THE SAME PROGRAM:
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the underground film movement. An examination of stereotyped Negro sensual-
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A succession of sexual images and symbols.
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the first in a continuing series
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COME EARLY TO BE GUARANTEED A SEAT
"This is our best program yet"-Mad Marvin
benefit for Committee to End the War in Vietnam
NEXT WEEK: PROTEST FESTIVAL
I st Time in Ann Arbor
BLACK POWER and BLACK PANTHER
with Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and Stokely Carmichael
f ' _and other anti-war films

IS A GROOVY MOVIE
WAS MADE FOR
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WAS MADE WITH
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STARRING
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ALSO STARS
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The Endless
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Dazzling ode to sun, sand
and surf."-Time
Sat., Dec. 7
Elvira Madigan
"Perhaps the most beautiful
movie in history." New Yorker
Sun., Dec. 8

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"A marvelous movie."
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Mon., Dec. 9

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'A great mouie. A revolution
in the cinema."--Life
Tues., Dec. 10

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