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PAGE TWO THE MICHIGAN DAILY TIIT1RST)AY~ DFflFThTflI~'P9 1Oi~

BOND SPQOF:
Stupidities Abound
In 'Bikini Machine'

By STEVEN HALLE~
At The State Theater
In a refreshing chance of pace
from the recent trend toward
showing Ann Arbor audiences
halfway-decent movies, "Dr. Gold-
fOQt mci the Bikini Machine"
Opned last night at the State
Theatre.
Vincent Price, a veteran of many
horror movies, and Frankie Ava-
Ion, a vetaran of many horrible
movies, have joined forces with a
bevy of scantily-clad starlets (in-
cluding at least one refugee from
Playboy, Magazine, China Lee) in
this newest and most abortive at-
tempt to spoof the James Bond
craze.
There is about as much satire
in "Goldfoot" as one might find in
a semester's supply of Gargoyles,
and ~s- much humor as there is
in any one episode of the TV
show "Get Smart."
Frankie (when is he going to
drop~ that stupid "le" from his
name and play a mature role for
a chance?) plays a stupid Secret
Intelligence Command agent (in
other words he's a SIC man-
get it?); Dwayne Hickman plays
a stupid but filthy-rich bachelor
(though his voice still sounds like
that of a high school dropout);
and various other nonentities pop
in and out playing other stupid
roles. The only smart one in the
cast is Vincent Price, and even he
looks stupid by appearing in. a
film like thls~ oi~e.

The plot (oh, yes, there is a
plot!) is all about Dr. Goldfoot
trying to take over the world by
manufacturing sexy girls who go
around marrying wealthy men and
getting their new husbands to sign
over their money to them.
Helping to pad out this stupid
plot are all the usual stupid gags,
like the wild chase and the guy
getting folded up inside a Mur-
phy bed and the guy stepping on
a rake and hitting himself in the
head and-oh, you know, all that
stuff that should've gone out with
Charlie Chase.
Vincent Price adds a touch of
his own Poe-spun humor with a
"pit-and"pendulum" bit near the
end.
As the star of the bikini set,
Susan Hart tries to walk like Ann-
Margret throughout much of the
picture, but she's no Ann-Margret
-nor is she an Annette, which
robs the film of quite a bit of
bounce right there. When the real
Annette makes a brief appearance
at the end, she's too late to help
much.
But the final insult is not the
stupidity of the plot, nor is it the
fact that the average viewer will
be shelling out $1.25 to sit through
this overstuffed nonsense.
No, the real insult is the news
-conveyed by a helpful State
Theatre employe to all who phone
662-6264 - that "Thunderball"
won't be getting here until Christ-
mas vacation, while we must put
up with stuff like "Goldfoot" and
the following film, "That Funny
Feeling."

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER. 2
Day Calendar
Bureau of Industrial Relations Se~n-
inaf-"The Management of Managers":
I~tiichigan Union, 8 a.nt'

"Effective Communications in Super-
visory Relationships": Michigan League,
1:30 p.m.
Mental Health Researc~i Institute
Seminar-Manfred Kochen, mathemat-
ical biologist. MHRI, "Models for In-
formation Search Systems": .1057 MHRI
2:15 p.m.
Cinema ~*ulld - "odd Man Out":
Architectural Aud., 7 ~nd 9 p.m.
Dept. . of Speech University Players
Perfonnance-Shakespeare"s "Henry VI
Part I": Trueblood Aud., 8 p.m.
School of Music Collegluin Musicum
Concert-Robert Austin Warner, musi-
cal director, Michael Robbins, dramatic
director: St. Andrews Episcopal Church,
8:30 p.m.

The Student Laboratory 'theatre of

the Dept. of speech .18 pr.e~ent1ng free
University Management Seminar - public performances of original one-
"Basics of Supervision": Michigan Un- acts written by students in the current
1911, 8:30 a.m. English Dept., playwriting course. "The
Dead," by Richard Simon and "To Be
School of Pftlillc Health <Conference a Man,", by Wendy Roe, 4:10 p.m.,
on Home C~re-$chooi of Pu~lic Health; Thurs., Dec. 2, Arena Theatre, Frieze
9 a.m. . Bldg. . Ten minutes after the perform-
ance, an informal 'discussion of the
University Mann2enipnt Seminar -. (Continued on Page 6)

Sunday - Winter

Holiday

Supplement

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I'M NELL
CAN'T MAKE MY
I (giggle) JUST
BODY BEHAVE

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SQUARE ROOT
(tee - hee)
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at

FIRST commercial engagement for THE SQUARE ROOT OF ZERO since its rousing reception

a

I'M ARCH
(THAT'S MY NAME)
IN... THE
SQUARE ROOT
OF ZERO
hoo boy!
grooviemovie

both the Locarno (Switzerland)

International Film Festival

and last month's San

Francisco

Film Festival where it was the hit of the New Director's Series.
"The WILDEST of the WAY OUT new wave American

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w

TERI ARCHER IS NELL
r
SQUARE ROOT
a grooviemovic
LESLIE DAVIS IS JANE
I'M MAY,
JANE'S MOTHER.
WHAT DOES rr ALL
MEAN... THE
SQUARE ROOT
OF ZERO
a groovie-inovie

movies is a GEM"

New York Journal-American

"A RIOT of ABSURDIST PARODY that defies description
but which captures the rebellious sense of fun indigenous
to the works of Patrick Dennis, Charles Addams and, oddly

DON WOODBURY IS ARCH
I'M (sob) ALAN,
I'M IN (choke) LOVE
SQUARE ROOT
OF ZERO
(urp!)
a grooviemovie

enough, Winnie The Pooh."

-San Francisco Intl. Film Festival

CAMPUS

THEATRE-

8:00 P.M.
ONE SHOW ONLY

#'

JAMES GAVIN IS ALAN

MEET THE DIRECTOR
WILLIAM CANNON, the young
writer - producer - director of The
Square Root of Zero will be present
at a reception in the theatre's lobby
directly after tonight's show.

PRODUCTION NOTES
THE SQUARE ROOT OF ZERO has alternately been labeled
and compared to "pop art," W. C. Fields, D. W. Griffith, Win-
nie the Pooh, the Marx Bros., Charlie Chaplin, and on and on
and on. But labels must be applied with caution, leaving room
for on appreciation of Bill Cannon's highly original approach.
Though THE SQUARE ROOT OF ZERO flows with "the main-
stream of the new wave," it may be strictly by coincidence.
The concept that entertainment itself is a meaningful sub-
ject for entertainment is central in the film. The play within
the play within the dream within the dream manifest this as
well as the overall structure of the filrn~ which might be de-
scribed as Mr. . Cannon's fantasy about Zero's fantasies about
Zero and his friends which unfold as both fact and fantasy.
Mr. Cannon has directed the film so: that all the characters
and situations are parodies of themselves, and the props are
protoypes of props. All the resulting incongruities produce an
.overall effect that is meant to be nothing more nor less than

WINA
SUZUKI!
MOTORCYCLE
Just drop a
ticket in the basket
in the lobby.
You do not kove
to be PRESENT
'I~ '.AIELE

I'M ZERO.
I THINK IN A
NOVEL WAY IN..
THE
SQUARE ROOT
OF ZERO
a groovielnovie

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