THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, February 6, 1
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(auf fmann meets the monster
A string of superlatives
for the'U' Philharmonic
By DANIEL OKREN T
'T7he New Republic's very
worthy and widely noted film
critic, Stanley Kauffmanh, came
o Ann Arbor last night, pre-
>ared to give a speech in de-
ense of Richard Lester's anti-
var film, How I Won the War.
But what Kauffrkann didn't
mow to expect, and what the
audience in Trueblood Aud.
Jidn't particularly know how to
eact to, was that strange char-
acter peculiar to Ann Arbor-
he Sklarfelheim-monster, this
ime reinforced by Bruce Hen-
tell of Cinema Guild.
The Sklarfelheim, a weird
reature whose components con-
ist of equal parts of Prof. Rob-
rt Sklar 6f the history depart-
ment and Prof. Marvin Felheim
if the English department, ap-
>eared on a panel with Kauff-
nann and Henstell, and partici-
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pated in the well-known ritual
of providing an amiable foil for
a visiting dignitary.
Kauffmann, an articulate
and friendly man whose appear-
ance came as prt of the Creative
Arts Festival, wasn't totally
helpless and lost in the cre-
ture's grasp. His defense of the
Lester film was first tested two
seasons ago when it was re-
leased, and he found himself
virtually alone among major
critics in praising the contro-
But his defense is sure. "This
film speaks from the heart of
this age, the age of the put-on,"
"It is a view of history not as
tragedy," he added, "but as
stupidity. Stupidity is funny, but
this stupidity is so huge, it
goes beyond the ha-ha."
Kauffmann elaborated fur-
ther on Lester's particularly
novel-for this decade-choice
of subject matter for an anti-
"Lester chose as his subject
probably the most just war in
history, World War II," he said.
"It took super-historical guts,
para-historical guts, to make a
film about this war, in which
relatively decent men went to
war against relatively indecent
men. And Lester's point is that
even that kind of a war is ob-
And then the Sklarfelheim
bared its formidable teeth.
"Repetitious and on the whole
a bit dull," it said.
"The film is not that good,"
"It is not very interesting as
a visual movie," it furthered.
After a few contrasts the
Sklarfelheim offered between
the Lester work and such films
as Gillo Pontecorvo's Battle of
Algiers and Buster Keaton's The
General, and after it rebuffed a
few people in the audience who
somehow didn't seem to under-
stand the comparisons, it rested.
But Henstell didn't drop the
"I find myself in the embar-
rassing position of being in the
majority," he said. "But if I can
speak for my peer group, those
who are 23, we acknowledge now
that war in general is stupid
and silly and obscene, and more
than that-that we are not go-
ing to fight in it, not now or,
But Kauffmann d e f e n d e d
Lester nevertheless, and quite
earnestly. "When Lester gets the
wheel whirling, it dazzles. When
it slows down, and the spokes
show, as in The Knack, it's not
The spokes - the separate
jokes and gimmicks Lester uses
-didn't show so much in How I
Won the War, Kauffmann
maintained, and this enabled
the film to be an artistic suc-
cess. More than th'at, though,
he stuck 'to his original conten-
tion that the film was, as im-
portantly, a political success as
And the Sklarfelheim growled.
By JIM PETERS
Writing about music is a poor
substitute for playing it, and I
think reading about it hardly
compares to listening to a per-
formance, either live or on disc.
And last night's concert by the
University Philharmonia at Hill
Aud. requires few words to de-
scribe its excellence. No one
who was there needs to be con-
Wagner's "Flying Dutchman
Overture" didn't really equal
the high quality of the music
which followed; but it was solid
and bombastic, and the orches-
tra showed fine ensemble.
The magic began with th e
second suite from Ravel's bal-
let "Daphnis and Chloe." Con-
ductor Theo Alcantara's inter-
pretation was a little more sub-
stantial than the usual French
breathiness to which I am ac-
customed, but the Orchestra
was so powerful and exact in.
Ravel's wild crescendoes and
crashes that the overall impres-
sion was stunning.
Flutist Mary Yasco}t's solo in
Showing slides and talking
about her life-size wooden
Trueblood Aud. 8 p.m.
the middle section was perfect.
Playing with the tricky line
with all the necessary rubato,
she teased the audience with its
subtle rhythms; it was Ravel,
free and unconstrained.
But it was Charles Avshar-
ian who deserves all the super-
latives. His solo in Jean Sibelius'
"Concerto for Violin" demands
long strings of complementary
adjectives describing his tone,
his sensitivity, his power; but
words cannot recreate the scene
or the fine music.
I think it is enough for me
to say that he is a true music-
ian, and his performance of-
fered Sibelius himself, on stage.
And the Philharmonia didn't
let him down.
Throughout the Concerto the
balance between soloist and en-
semble was perfect; the orches-
tra was always present, accom-
panying and commenting, but
the brass and strings were ready
with brilliance when it was call-
ed for. The adagio second
movement was a good example;
and the rhythmic bass line of
the finale never wearied, re-
sponding to Avsharian's inten-
sity at all times.
The University orchestras have
treated us prety well so far this
term; first the Symphony with
Strauss, and then the fantastic
Philharmonia with Ravel and
Sibelius. I'd like to think that
last night's concert was not an
accident, not a chance com-
bination of compositions and
performers. I hope the Phil-
harmonia knows for sure.
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