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PAGE TWO

THE MICHIGAN RAIL

PAGE TWO THE MICIEIEAN RAlLY THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 11, 1985

TIILRSDAY, :NO 'E11BER 11, 1965

WORLD PREMIER INTERVIEW:
Heston Likes Role as Mercenary Knight

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By LAUREN BAHR
Assistant Managing Editor
"What I enjoyed most about
playing the lead in "The Warlord"
is the fact that it is different from
any other role I have played,"!
Charlton Heston declared.
"I have played three presidents,
two geniuses and two saints and
this part is unlike any of these.
It is the story of a mercenary
knight who is a personal man with
personal problems that destroy
him," he explained.
Along with Heston, Rosemary

Forsyth, Guy Stockwell
Henry Wilcoxon appeared in
troit yesterday for the worldl
miere of "The Warlord," the
world premiere Detroit hasi
hosted.

and
De-
pre-
first
ever

Since Heston is almost a native
of Michigan, being born in Illinois
but moving to the Wolverine state
soon afterwards, Detroit felt a
special affinity toward him, wel-
coming him like a native son.
Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh pro-
claimed November 10, 1965 as
Charlton Heston day in honor of
this gala event.

TECHNICOLOR PASTICHE:
'War Lord',Wins Battles
But Loses ar with Script

As long as he can remember done for no reason." she said. 215 p.m. - Anatol Rapoport,
Heston had always wanted to be Fell into Part research mathematician, will lec-
an actor. "I think I've always been Henry Wilcoxon who played the ture on "Indices of Lexical Space"
one and only recently started Viking chieftain explained that Iin Rm. 1057 MHRI.
making a living at it," he said. lhe fell into the part rather un- 4:15 and 7:30 p.m.-Nathan A..
Look th ti ft expectedly. "I had bought the Scott Jr. of the University of
weking raterired a teri rights to the book "The Last of Chicago Divinity School will speak
weeks of promotional touring in rgt otebo h ato on "The Crisis of Faith and the
over 28 cities, Heston explained the Giants" and went to see if n Theology and the Promise the
that an actor can never complete-. Heston would play the lead in it. New
ly become the character he par- He said he was interested but Grace in Poetic Arts, Parts I and
trays. "An actor is always stuck would be tied up for two and a I in the Multipurpose Rm. of
with using himself as raw ma- half years with "Warlord." While the UGLI.
terial," he said. we were talking, in walked the3 7 and 9 p.m. - The CinemaI
For example, "If I succeeded in producer of "Warlord" Walter Guild will present "Me and the
becoming Macbeth, some poor Seltzer and after a few minutes ?Colonel" in the Architecture Ad,
stage hand woula end up dead of consultation with Heston. they 8 p.m. - Joseph Blatt of the
when I went offstage to kill Dun- asked me to take a part in "War- musicschoolirn"nat Hi Aud.g-
can. If an actor truly comes to lord. .8 p.m.-The Professional The-
believe that the whole thing is "This is the first time in years atre Program will present the APA
real, he won't be able to react to that I played a role in a picture in "The Wild Duck" at Lydia
the lines or go out the right without being on the producing Mendelssohn Theatre.
exit," Heston added. staff," Wilcoxon added. 8 p.m.-I. B. Tabata, president
Screen vs. Stage Wilcoxon recalled one rather of the Unity Movement of South
"It is much easier to lose your- amusing event that occurred dur- Africa, will speak on "The Lib-
self in a character in a motion ing the filming of the picture. The eration Movement in South Afri-
picture than on live stage because region of - California where most ca" in the Union Ballroom.
in the former you are surrounded of the work was done is infested FRIDAY, NOV. 123
by a complete environment. In a with mosquitos. "Since you can't 4:15 p.m.-Prof. Saul Sternberg
play the real world is only 60 scratch wearing a full coat of of the Bell Telephone Laboratory;
feet away," Heston said. armor, it was the mosquitos and will speak on "On Scanning One's
Another thing that Heston en- not the lord's forces that defeated Memory" in Aud. B.
joyed about "The Warlord" is the us initially," he said. 7 and 9 p.m. - The Cinema
fact that it is a love story, some-OM Guild will present "Me and the
thing relatively new for him. "You ,I Overcome Mfosquitos Colonel" in the Architecture Aud
know at the end I really didn't In order for filming to pro- 7:30 and 9 p.m.-The University
get killed with that sickle but I ceed, crop dusting planes had to :and 9 pres-nh Unvei
be sedto pra inectcid ovr D ance Dept. will present "An Eve-
did get the girl," he said with a be used to spray insecticide overing of Modern Dance" on the
broad grin. the area and each of us was given nd
For Rosemary Forsyth, Heston' ~our own fly guns which we hid second floor of Barbour Gym-
leading lady, this is only her behind our shields and used when- 8 p.m.-The Professional The-
second appearance in a motion atre Program will present the APA
picture. She too was impressed by Guy Stockwell was not in a very : in "You Can't Take It With You"
the fact that in her opinion "The talkative mood. He said he en- at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Warlord" is "a tender love story" joyed making this film and is 8:30 p.m.-The University Mus-
as she sees it. "I don't consider looking forward to going to Yuma, ical Society will present New York
the film gory. All the battles are Arizona Friday to begin filming Pro Musica at Rackham Aud.
fought for a purpose and the "Beau Geste," in which he will be 8:30 p.m. - The International
definition of gore is something starring. Ball will be held in the Michigan
-- 1

Union Ballroom.
SATURDAY, NOV. 13
7 and 9 p.m. - The Cinema
Guild will present "Experimental
Film Program Number Two" in
the Architecture Aud.
8 p.m.-The Professional The-
atre Program will present the APA
in "You Can't Take It With You"
at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

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By DAVE KNOKE
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Someday Charlton Heston will
run out of Important Historical
Figures to portray on the movie
screen, but as long as his throaty,
sauve vocal cords hold out he can
continue his sideline of transcrib-
ing the Bible onto record.
Already he has eliminated Moses,
El Cid, Ben Hur, and three Ameri-
can presidents from his stock; in
"The War Lord" he takes a turn
at a 11th century, trouble-shooting
Norman knight, Sir Chrysagon de
la Crewe.
Mercenary Mission
The Duke de Ghent has sent
Heston and his retinue-right-
hand man Bors (Richard Boone)
and spoiled brother Draco (Guy
Stockwell) to a forbidding, for-
boding pagan outpost in the Low-
lands.
Chrysagon must hold the don-
Jon against the incursions of the
Frisian raiders and at the same
time "keep the good will" of the
local churls.
This becomes exceedingly dif-
ficult, as there is a bewitching
(literally) peasant girl, Brownwyn
(Rosemary Forsyth), whom Hes-
ton claims for his "right of the
first knight.".
This naturally alienates the vil-
lagers, and the Frisians conven-
iently attack, exposing the viewer
to a lengthy bloodbath heightened
by the continual appearance of
succeedingly more fantastic war
machines.
Melodrama
The plot is melodramatic, the
script nondescript, and the old
theme-interclass love-is given a
new treatment: it's ignored. The
overwhelming impression is the
Saturday-matinee aspect of the

Frisian-Norman donnybrooks.
The roles are played in a some-
what straited manner, although
this is primarily the fault of the
inane script. Heston is the only
saving grace in an otherwise lack-
adaisical effort.
However, he is hampered by the
narrowness and indecisiveness of
his role, and must vacillate be-
tween playing the tender-passion-
ate lover or the staunch-stoic hero.
Heston and Boone
He carries a stiffly curled upper
lip and is supei'ior in demonstrat-
ing the inherent conflict when
chivalric ideals meet harsh reality.
Richard Boone, changing from
ten-gallon hat to chain mail, has
not stopped playing Paladin dis-
pensing pragmatic advice in gar-
bled tones.
There is a promising aura of
mysticism early in the play which,
unfortunately, dissolves in the
gory finish. In this swampy back-
water garrison, "at the world's end
almost," Christianity-personified
by a bumbling but well intentioned
priest (Maurice Evans)--has bare-
ly gained a foothold.
Primitive Cult
The true religion of the people
is the "cult of the tree and the
stone" and the power of the virgin
is -held sacrosanct. Sir James
Frazer, the father of primal re-
ligious anthropology, would have
had a field day with this thesis.
Oscar-winner Russell Metty's
excellent camera work, dredging.
up misty swamp bottoms, sinister
oak groves, and blood streaked
skies sets the mood for grandiose,
primordial passions which never
materialize.
The dialogue, alas, is the big-
gest stumbling block.
When the priest admits, "Indeed
I am a man-and a louse," it is
funny for its pathos and predict-
ability.

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