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RDAY, SEPTENEDER 17, 1966

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FILMS
simplcity Keynotes
dew Foreign Films

* The Week To Come: a Campus Calendar

SUNiAY, ETl. 18 Center Symposium will present
7 and 9 p.m. - Cinema Guild: "Fertility and Family Planning

By ANDREW LUGG
Special To The Daily
NEW YORK-Three new filmsj
from Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia
and France were shown to the
press yesterday at the New York
Film Festival.
Czechoslovakia was represented
by Ivan Passer's "Intimate Light-
ing." This, Passer's first film, is
a light-hearted story of two young
musicians, envious of each other's
social standing. Peter (Zdenek
Blzusek) is a cellist with the
Prague Symphony Orchestra. He
is a bachelor, free, and with a
pretty young woman (Vera Kres-
adlova) in tow. Bambas (Karel
Blazek), who has invited Peter
to play as a soloist with his vil-
lage orchestra, has the security of
a wife, a steady job, and a home.
Peter desires security; Bambas a
"free life."
In the film ,nothing is resolved.
Passer just presents a number of
incidents which occurred during
Peter's two-day stay with Bambas.
The best of these occurs when,
two other . musicians arrive and
when, together, they play a Beet-
hoven string quartet. Two of the
musicians are not up to Beethoven.
and the quartet reverts to a glor-
ious piece of "ordinary language"
coffee-house dialogue.
Visually the film is unexciting.
Passer relies, on well-used cam-
era techniques. (This is a char-
acteristic of the other two films
as well.)
When Bambas says that he is
going to play "Jirovet" at the con-
cert ("he is old and simple, but
has something"), Passer seems to
be giving his own "raison d'etre."
But "old and simple" do not nec-
essarily give us something mean-
ingful. This is the trouble with
"Intimate Lighting": simplicity
has been played up at the expense
of content.
The Yugoslavian film, "Three,"
by Alezsander Petrovic, is the sort
of war film the Czechs would
have made a few years ago. The
usual polemics which accompany
war films have been reduced to
a minimum and in their place an
individual's response to the war is
examined. Milof (Velimir Barta)
sees three deaths, that of a wrong-
ly accused fifth columnist, that
of a friend in the resistance
movement, and that of an extra-
ordinarily attractive girl who is
executed for her association with
the Gestapo. Irrespective of other
relative guilt, these deaths affect
Milof equally. Again the director
plumbs for simplicity. But tb this
reviewer, 19th century "cause and
effect" seems too simple a tool to
analyze the involved and frag-
mented "world" of the war.
Rene Allio's first feature film,
"The Shameless Old Lady," is an
adaptation of a short story by
Brecht. Madame Berthe (Sylvie)

is 70 years old, and in reaction to
her husband's death she starts to,
live it up. Shamelessly she spends
her money, enjoys "modernity,"
department stores, gadgets, etc.
-and makes friends with two ofi
the less desirable villagers (that is
by village standards). The familyj
is shocked. We, too, don't seem
to be able to take wild living from
the old.

Lawrence Olivier's film, "Richard Around the World" in Aud. C.
III," in the Architecture Aud. 8 p.m.-The Professional Thea-
8 p.m.-Mass meeting for the tre Program presents the APA
"Offset Perspective" literary mag- Repertory Company in Sheridan's
azine held at 2521 SAB. "School for Scandal" in the Ly-
8:30 p.m.-The Prime Movers dia Mendelssohn Theatre.
blues band will be featured at the 8:30 p.m.-The School of Mu-
Canterbury House, 330 Maynard sic Concert will present "Seven-
St. Cover charge is $1.25 per per- teenth and Eighteenth Century
son. Music for String Orchestra," Gil-
TUESDAY, SEPT. 20 bert Ross, conductor, Angel Reyes,
8 p.m.-The Population Studies soloist in Rackham Lecture Hall.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21 FRIDAY. SEPT. 23
7:30 p.m.--Prof. Brice Carna- 7 and 9:45 p.m.-Cinema Guild:
han. in the Engineering School. D. W. Griffith's "The Birth of a
will lecture on "An Introduction Nation" in the Architecture Aud-
to Digital Computers and the itorium.
MAD Language-II" in the Nat- 8 p.m.-The Professional The-
ural Science Auditorium. ' atre Program presents the APAj
8 p.m.-The Professional Thea- Repertory Company in Sheridan's
tre Program presents the APA "School for Scandal" in the Ly-
Repertcry Company in Sheridan's dia Mendelssohn Theatre.
'School for Scandal" in the Ly- 8:30 p.m.-The University Mu-
dia Mendelssohn Theatre. sical Society Chamber Arts Ser-
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22 ies presents the Chamber Syn-
7 and 9:45 p.m.--Cinema Guild: phony of Philadelphia with An-
D. W. Griffith's "The Birth of a shel Brusilow conducting in }he
Nation" in the Architecture Aud- Rackham Aiiditorin:.
itorium. SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
8 p.m.-The Professional Thea- 8 p.m.-The Professional The-
tre Program presents the APA atre Program presents the APA
Repertory Company in Sheridan's Repertory Company in Sheridan's
"School for Scandal" in the Ly- "School for Scandal" in the Ly-
dia Mendelssohn Theatre. di Mendelssohr, Theatre.

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"The Mind and Health"
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