THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, November 25, 1969
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DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN
By NEAL GABLER
When I heard that P e t e r
Fonda was making a "serious"
film about two itinerant motor-
cyclists, I snickered. Comne on!
Peter Fonda, graduate of t h e
Roger Corgan School of Act-
ing, making a serious film? But
somehow either he has trans-
cended his former self or t h e
film transcends him, because
Easy Rider is one of the best
films I've seen this year.
It seems that this film is
destined to be misunderstood by
many people, young as well as
old. Already. a cult has grown
bemoaning the fate of the two
heroes at the hands of nasty
Southern rednecks. But this is
not a good guys - bad guys movie
with the Cowboys being the cyc-
lists and the Indians, the red-
necks. This is a film about a
nation of people who are trap-
ped by an ethic and see no way
The protagonists Wyatt-Cap-
tain America (Peter Fonda) and
Billy the Kid (Dennis Hopper)
make a fortune smuggling dope
and stash the bankroll in their
'what used to be a good country'
cycles' tanks. Then off they
zoom for the Mardi Gras, care-
free. Or are they free? Sure they
have long hair and wear wild
clothes and smoke pot. But what
Easy Rider tells us is that they
aren't any freer than Mr. Su-
burbia or even the Southerners
who hate them. Wyatt and Billy
are Americans, caught in the
American culture. What Wyatt
comes gradually to realize and
what Billy never realizes, is
that all the money crammed in
the gas tank can't buy t h e m
Not only is he an American,
but Billy is middle-class Amer-
ice personified; only his cloth-
es and manners are different.
When he says to Wyatt, "We're
rich. We did it. We're retired in
Florida," he could just as well
have been talking to his plat-
inum blonde wife, in his subur-
ban ranchhouse with the two-
car garage and his kids at the
U of M. The point is, we
shouldn't go around feeling so
superior to those dullards of the
silent majority, because we're all
in the same fix. That's w h y
Captain America says, in those
now famous words, "We blew
The search for happiness takes
them across the Southern Uni-
ted States through a quiet farm,
a commune and a few s m all
towns. Laszlo Kovas' photogra-
phy is breath-taking. With the
fabulous landscapes and the
fine music (the track includes
The Weight, Born to be Wild,
Its' Alright Ma', I Wasn't, Born
to Follow), I didn't even care
that a large part of the film is
filler to get Wyatt and Billy
from -one place to another. And
somehow it is appropriate that,
like many of their fellow Amer-
icans, they are always going
somewhere but never arrive.
Dennis Hopper's direction is
sharp and innovative. He has a
good eye for composition, he
juxtaposes shots nicely, and he
uses some ingenuous transitions.
Above all, he is able to get
some wonderfully natural per-
formances, especially from the
bit players, who occasionally
give the film the air of a docu-
I talked about the new style of
non-acting when I reviewed
Alice's Restaurant. Some of the
best scenes in Easy Rider u s e
townsfolk whom Hopper and Co.
happened to find along the way.
In one classic scene, guaranteed
to boil the blood, a group of
crackers in a diner brandish
some Southern wit. "I think
she's cute." "Put 'em in a cage
and charge admission." "Looks
like a bunch of refugees from a
gorrilla love-in." The remark-
able, and frightening, thing is
that these are not actors; they
are just folks speaking t h e i r
Dennis Hopper is perfect as
Billy - crude, dim-witted, fun-
ny, lovable. His feat is extra-
ordinary considering the gen-
uine affection the audience
comes to feel for this loud-
mouthed pothead. Peter Fonda
may be nice to look at, girls, but
he has all the range of a Steve
McQueen. Always cerebral, ev-
ery line gets the same dispas-
sionate treatment; he's got no
soul. He had me hoping that
someone would get his goat just
to show he was human after
Jack Nicholson as George
Hansen, an alcoholic lawyer the
boys meet on their journey,
gives the film's outstanding per-
formance. Nicholson has been
stuck in a lot of Corman hor-
ror flicks, and here he finally
gets a chance to show his tal-
ent. He is brilliant in creat-
ing a whole character from a
few characteristics. I found in
his cornpone ACLU lawyer, a
simple wisdom that came not so
much from his dialogue as from
his whole presence.
For all this, Easy Rider is not
a flawless film. For one thing,
there is Fonda's unfeeling act-
ing. For another, there are
some very affected lines. Fin-
ally, there is an LSD scene,
flashly camera work and all,
that seems right out of a
pseudo-hip Film About Young
People. But these are small
faults in what is otherwise a
very good film.
Easy Rider must be seen, but
not as the story of an unortho-
dox life style in an intolerant
land. It should be seen as the
story of a nation that, in George
Hansen's words, "used to be a
hell of a good country."
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How Jim Duizo lost his show on
By STEVE KOPPMAN
"WAAM PRESENTS AN
HOUR OF ANTI-WAR SONGS
- WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15 . ..
ON J I M DULZO'S 'SPEC-
TRUM'" said the flier. And Jim
Dulzo doesn't broadcast 'Spec-
trum' on WAAM anymore.
Dulzo, a literary college jun-
ior who got the show on the lo-
cal radio station just 10 months
ago, was fired.
"It's really too bad I got fir-
ed because it looked like WAAM
was against war," he says. "It's
most unfortunate that a radio
station, whether on purpose or
by accident, can't c o m e out
Station officials deny the fir-
ing was political, however.
"Failing to clear this adver-
tising was a clear violation of
policy," charges assistant sta-
tion manager Larry Zimmer.
"We had no objection whatso-
ever to h i s playing anti-war
songs," Zimmer adds. "We have
no editorial policy," he explains,
"and this makes it appear that
"We never made any move to
regulate his m u s i c," says
WAAM manager Wayne Adair.
"But we objected to his putting
out this paper -,- it was the
straw t h a t broke the camel's
"I did the show because of my
beliefs," Dulzo says simply, "and
I did the advertising because I
thought it would help the
WAAM isn't traditionally a
progressive rock station. T h e
predominant fare on the station
is light, 'housewife' music. But,
last December, the station hired
Dulzo to do 'Spectrum' a 10
p.m.-la.m. show of rock and
"I was always severely lim-
ited," says Dulzo, "apparently
what they wanted was j u s t
three more hours of music. They
wanted me to ignore reality."
"I sincerely believe in the type
of show Jim did," says Zimmer.
"I still think Jim's a very tal-
Dulzo says that with the lack
of advertising not many people
could find out about a show
like his being on WAAM. "I had
a girl call me once," he says,
"after I'd been on the show for
eight months. She lived three
blocks from WAAM and h a d
never heard of my show."
But apparently, Dulzo a 1 s o
had some enthusiastic fans. One
of them, Greg Schulz, was so in-
censed about Dulzo's firing that
he sent an open letter to the
station and started circulating
"I feel they're taking away my
right to evaluate what comes
over the airwaves," says Schulz.
"Also, the fact is it was a very
good show. T hey destroyed a
really good show."
Adair and Zimmer insist that
the distribution of a thousand
fliers on the Diag by a N e w
Mobilization worker who is a
friend of Dulzo's was only the
last of a long series of rule vio-
"This was a culmination,"
says Zimmer. "It was more than
we could take. Jim had repeat
edly failed to follow administra-
tive procedures within the sta-
tion. He had visitors in the con-
trol room and he didn't record
changes properly in the log."
"We've got to follow FCC
rules," says Zimmer, "and it's
Jim's nature not to follow
"You can't run a ship," says
Adair, "with one man breaking
"They should have taken. me
aside two weeks ago," says Dul-
zo, "and said, 'Look - you're
coming to a culmination.' I
categorically deny that I was
continually b r e a k i n g station
rules. I did rather broadly in-
terpret some of the rules, but
these charges are really exag-
"The mistake I made was not
looking at the leaflet before it
was circulated," says Dulzo,
"but I'm bitter about the com-
plaint that I didn't clear the
publicity. In ten months, they
didn't spend one goddam dime
on publicity for the show. I
asked repeatedly if I could do
some advertising-they repeat-
edly turned me down."
Dulzd now has a show, 'Liber-
ation,' on WOIA-FM. He seems
to like it there.
"I'm much happier being
there," he says, "I can be my-
self. WOIA has given me pub-
licity -- they're willingto push
the show. And I just might
There doesn't seem to be
much hard feeling on either side
of the WAAM-Dulzo dispute.
"We're very sorry to have Jim
gone," says Zimmer. "He was
good for us-he had a certain
spirit. Everybody liked him."
"I was good friends with
everyone over there," agrees
Dulzo. "I don't take it person-
ally." He still finds the circum-
stances of his firing difficult to
accept. "I wish I'd got fired,"
he says, "for coming in drunk
or raping a secretary or some-
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