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TUE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Bancroft Leads 'Pumpkin Eater
Attempts Psychological Realism

WORLD WITHOUT SUN':
Movie Depicts Life in the Sea
By STEVEN HALLER ( travelogue-type documentary. shades, and the denizens of I

By FREDERICK DONER

At The Campus Theater
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn't keep
her
Put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very
well.
"The Punipkin Eater" shows
what happens after the wife is
put into her pumpkin shell. Only
the situation is more complex.
The wife can't keep her husband,
so she puts herself' in her own,
shell, called Neurosis.
Ann Bancroft nicely conveys'
the frustration resulting from the
conflict between her natural fam-
ily-husband-children-home type of
love, and her husband-writer's
(Peter Finch's) infidel, material-
istic, send - the - children - off -to-
boarding-school kind of love. The
result is a penetrating unresolve
which pervades the film, scene to
scene. Miss Bancroft gives a su-
perb interpretation in -an, unus-
ually difficult role which requires
her to be on camera 95 per cent
of the time.
Director Jack Claiton's most
ambitious and notable movie
moves toward a psychological and
visual realism on film. "The
Pumpkin Eater" is not revealed in
the usual "plot line" manner.
Rather, Clayton chooses to por-
tray the visual. memory of this
disturbed woman on film. Clayton
takes into account the fact that
we -tend to think in terms of visual
images-and that we remember a
Why not? Dammil
-SGC Committee
on the University
Bookstore

given emotion, idea, object, or
person, by a single image or a few
brief images.
Confused Woman
Accordingly, he portrays the
emotion of a confused, lonely
woman through a series of short
scenes, often centered around one
image. While her father is dying
he pulls her hand to his eyes; one
image.
However, in trying to be real-
istic, Director Clayton overlooks
one element. No one pictures 40
or 50 individual, and often unre-
lated images in a two hour period.
The wear on the audience is

noticeable.
Not Enough Time
Clayton doesn't give enough
time to each individual scene to
allow for sufficient character de-
velopment. This would be accept-
able if the total number of scenes
together made up the personali-
ties. But this doesn't work here.
The transition between scenes is
often unclear.
Ann Bancroft outdoes her direc-
tor and photographer, achieving
an extended psychological realism
of her own. For her performance
and her director's ambition, "The
Pumpkin Eater" is a memorable
experience.

At The Campus Theater
Appearing tonight and tomor-
row with "The Pumpkin Eater"
is a film so beautiful that it may
well, steal the thunder from its
equally fine companion feature.
This is Jacques-Yves Cousteau's
"World Without Sun,"- a sequel to
his "Silent World" and in every
way worthy of its successor. The
photography is superb; the narra-
tion, presumably by Cousteau
himself, does not attempt to over-
state what is inherently dramatic.
In no sense is this just another

El

STUDENTS JUST NUMBERS:
New Directory Dull, Lifeless

By ROGER RAPOPORT
1965-66Student Directory edi-
ted by Ryan A. Holt published
by the Board in Control of Stu-
dent Publications, Ann Arbor. $1
The new Student Directory, de-
spite its flashy orange color and
imaginative yellow and blue pages
is a profound disappointment.
The book is contrived, mono-
tonous and lifeless. It contains
little of lasting value. The authors
Across 4
TUESDAY, OCT. 5
8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.--
The University Health Service
has scheduled flu shot clinics for
students and faculty The cost of
shots is $1.00 for students and
their spouses and $1.50 for faculty
and their spouses.
1:30 P.m.-Irene Place of the
School of Business Administration
will speak on "Managing the De-
partmental Office" at 5046 Kresge
Hearing Research Institute.
2-5 p.m.,-UAC -Literary college
steering committee will present
Student Counseling Seminars in
Rm. 3C, 3D and 30 of the Michi-
gan Union.
3:30 p.m.-Francis Schaeffer,
founder and director, of the L'Abri
Foundation in Switzerland will
speak on "Is faith a Psychological
Cancer" in the UGLI Multipurpose
Room.
4:10 p.m. - Prof.. Ahmed A.
Fikry, of the Universities of Alex-
andria and Baghdad will lecture
on "Some Aspects of Islamic
Painting" in Aud. B.
8 p.m.-The First Church of
Christ Scientist will present Jo-
sephine H. Carver, speaking on
"You Have a Purpose" at the
church at 1833 Washtenaw Ave-
nue..
Ends Wednesday
Anne,
BANCROFT
(Best Actress-Cannes) I

have seen fit merely to include about this character.
the minimum requirement neces- We have no indication that he
sary to make the book commer- is 6 ft. 3 in tall, weighs 155
cially profitable. pounds (despite a full semester
'The book's prime fault is that of weight lifting) or that he has
its characters are lifeless. To il- a red rug in his bedroom.
lustrate this, let me quote a typi- There is no mention of the fact
cal passage from the book: that he is 19 years old, types 45
RAPOPORT ROGER DALE 68 words per minute or that his so-
Isa 932 Greenwood Ann Arbor cial life is nonexistant.
770 Miller Dr N Muskegon Mich The authors have excluded vital
6639843. ( information like the fact that he
The authors have chosen to in- once cooked a hamgurger in lard,
clude only scanty information is not much of a French student
and despises people who consider
North Muskegon bucolic.
Perhaps the author can be for-
given for these facts. But some-
where there should be a mention
that Rapaporlt is r:elated to an-
other Rapoport on campus, Ana-
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6 tole Rapoport, a distinguished
.. ,bio-mathematician.
Noon-The Office of Religious' bomteaiin
Affairs-TillsonseoraRiscugiou However, he should be grateful
Affairs will sonsor a discussion to the authors for one thing. They
of the book "The New Reforma- didn't reveal that he flunked his
tion," by John A. T. Robinson,dintrvathteflkdhs
ed by yavidL.ReutherinRm., :first Astronomy 111 hourly last
of the Michigan League. semester.
8:00 p.m.-The APA will present
Ibsen's "The Wild Duck" at Lydia AT THE MICHIGAN
Mendelssohn Theater. Frank Sinatra 1 Deborah Kerr
8:30 p.m.-The Kwansei Gagein Dean Martin in
Glee Club will be presented by the "MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS"
School of Music in concert at AT THE STATE See
Rackham Lecture Hall. Shirley Jones ! Stella Stevens
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