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THE MICIGAN DAILYV

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FILMS
Belntondo Cardinal Rescue

'Medium' Called An Unqualified Disaster;
A Medioere Opera Even Worse As Film

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By RICHARD AYERS
Cartouche," .Showing this week-
end at Cinema II, is an adventure,
with a conic- plot and serious
characters, set in 18th Century
France. One of the more dexterous
Paris thieves, Dminique, later to
be called Cartouche (Jean Paul
elmiondo), manages to gain con-
trol of the local thieving society,
arKd disrupts the securty of the
nobies.
On eican't help feeling that the
s~tory' is the product of a marriage
between the Tom'Jones and Robin
Hood legends. Unfortunately, the
blend is uneven and an unsym-
pathetic hero emerges.
Cartouche is nota popular lower
class revolutionary-rather, he is
a successful entrepreneur: observ-
ing a busi ess, ethic (he seldom
kills his iictfiin), playing with
shrewd tactics, popping the trump
card, and, most important, always
hoping to reep a rofit. He never
despises the riches of the oppres-
sors-he merely wants to get them
for himself.
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FRIDAY, -SEPTEMBER 30
8 .m.-Edward 'Holnberg, a Lu-
therw :psychologist; will speak on
"Mental Health and Religion," at
the NewmaX Center.
7and 9 p.m.O-Cinema Guild will
present Delmar Davis' "3:10 to.
Yuma" in the Architecture Audi-
triuht -
7 and, 9:15 p.mi-.Cinema-III will
present "Cartouche" with Jean-
-auli Belmoldos and Claudia- Car-
dainale in Axud. A."
8:30 p.m,-:The Student Sesqui-
centennial ,Coxnnittee and the
Women's.Athletic Association will
sppnsor' theDave arubeck Quartet
inVConcert at Hill Auditorium.
SATURDAY, OCT. 1
7 and 9 p.m. -: Cinema Guild
will show.Gian Carlo Menotti's
"'Th'e-Mediur3"yin- the Architecture
Aunditoriumi. -
.8:00 p.m-The APA Repertory
Corpany will perform in "Three
:MYsteri s with Two Clowns" in
the Lydia Mendelssobn. Theatre.

The director, Philippe de Broca,1
often fails in his narrative tech-
nique, where Richardson, in "Tom
Jones," succeeds. Both films pre-
sent a caricature of a historical
period and such a caricature, of a
man or a period, is always danger-
ous. The director must convince
you that he doesn't mean to per-
petrate a lie but that his distor-
tions have a valid function for the
audience. In the first place, if the
film does not make fun of itself
(which "Tom Jones" does and
"Cartouche" usually doesn't do),
one becomes disenchanted with
what is presented. Secondly, there
is the danger of running into per-
iod cliches: you get tired of seeing
the teeming streets and the'
haughty noble's carriage and the
guild of beggars and thieves. And
thirdly, the caricature can become
idealized to the point of monotony
-with all city wenches looking the
same and the executioner in a fine
new costume and the beggars in
rags freshly ripped by costume
designers.
De Broca is also disappointing in
his execution of action scenes. In-
stead of a graceful narrative move-
ment, one finds clumsy and un-
convincing, blocking. The soldiers
run together as if they had just
been told to crowd into the portion
of the set at which the camera
was looking; fights, which are such
a delight in most action films, are

By SAMUEL GOLDSTEIN but I suspect that Mr. Menotti's a filmed opera nor a movie with
irec i n GAt the Cinema Guild work would not have been very music, but an awkward mixture in
j good even on stage. His lyrics and which the attempts to use the
Gian Carlo Menotti's "The music are trite and overly-senti- camera are irritatingly clumsy.
never smooth enough to let you Medium" raises the following mental. Even at his best, he I doubt that even a better op-
enjoy them. question: can an opera make a sounds more like Richard Rodgers era than "The Medium" could be
In spite of all this, however, good film? Like Olivier's "Othel- than Guiseppi Verdi. a successful picture. Opera a'p-
the combined talents of Jean Paul lo," "The Medium" is a highly Mr. Menotti has, in addition, peals mainly to the ear; film,{
Belmondo and Claudia Cardinale stylized work which has been made the mistake of assuming mainly to the eye. Also, the cam-
make the total effect decidely pos- made into a film. Like Olivier's that suffering is in itself drama- era brings everything so close
itive. Belmondo, as Cartouche, is "Othello;" it is a failure. tic, and that the more grotesque to us that it is difficult to accept
a better .film actor . than Albert Unlike Olivier's "Othello," how- the character becomes, the more stylization. The sight on film of
Finny (of "Tom Jones")--but ever, which had an excellent per- he or she will move us. someone singing, "Come in," is
Finny often, looks better because formance by Frank Finley as As a result, Mr. Menotti has likely to strike us as ridiculous.
Richardson shoots him beautiful- Iago, some clever camera work, given us a bellicose, pretentious The only person who is impres-
ly, showing him as a delightful and Shakespeare's magnificent opera-film in which the reactions sive in "The Medium" is Anna
object in every scene. dialogue, "The Medium" is an of the characters are exaggerated Maria Alberghetti as the daughter.
Jean Paul, in spite of de Broca's almost unqualified disaster. to an almost comic degree, and Miss Alberghetti looks pretty,
unimaginative direction, and the The picture is about an old wo- in which these reactions are awk- sings well, and acts with convic-
silly English-dubbed voice he's man who conducts false seances war dly manipulated to further an tion. She may not be an opera
been endowed with for this print, for money. One night, while pre- overly-melodramatic plot (why singer, but she is an excellent per-
ingeniously creates images for the tending to be in a trance, she does the devoted daughter run out former. This is more than can be
film. Defying the banality of the feels a hand :around her throat. at the end to turn her mother said for anyone else connected
plot, he convinces you at the end; In a panic, she ends the seance. over to the police?) with "The Medium."
he is a,. iero, too, lofty a: spirit for She spends the next thiry min- Atseutsr gied
his follpwers tp nderstand-. . . a utes.of the picture brooding, get- l on the screen, the s rements of
man who, because of his greatness, ting drink, and becoming hys- on hechMr.en te requireet of
is ;condemned to stand alone. terical, while her daughter and whic. enotti'rmpictsrof his
Tl ien, of course, there is Claudia a mute assistant play games with fulfill. The performancestof s
Carinae, ho s rkhty nmedeach other in a pathetic attempt; actors are neither pleasantly styl-
Cardinale, who " is rightly named ah einaattcatmt ized nor accurately underplayed.
Venus-she is something fantastic to escape from reality. Mr. no tely ungersanet
tolok t Hr am n ove When her customers return, the' Mr. Menotti's blocking is not
to look at. Her name on movie hnhrcsoertrte coordinated with the movement ofI
credits always draws a certain medium confesses she is a fakech
number of devotees who just want and throws them out. She also camera. R itz
to see every inch of celluloid on throws out the defenseless mute. His camera work is graceless,
which she has been preserved. He comes back one night hoping and it is bogged down by the
If "Cartouche" had to rely on to see the daughter. The mother, slowness of the music and the T
the director's talents, it would be thinking he is a prowler or a necessity of singing even the most The
a roaring failure. But, for those ghost, shoots him. prosaic dialogue..Eternal Flame
of us who still believe in the star I know veery little about opera, Mr. Menotti thus has neither
system, this is a truly enjoyable -
film; utilizing the, talents of two
of this decade's finest stars. ./ AIEShows at 1 , 3

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SABBATH SERVICE
Friday at 7:15 P.M.
PROF. GERDA SELIGSON
Associate Professor of Classical Studies
"ANSWERS BEFORE QUESTIONS"
Oneg Shabbat Will Follow
JOHN PLANER, Cantor, with THE HILLEL CHOIR
JOAN TEMKIN, Organist

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USE OF THIS COLUMN FOR AN-
NOUNCEMENTS is available to officially
recognized and registered student or-
ganizations only. Forms are available
in Room 1011 SAB.
* .* *
Near East Studies Club, Lecture, Oct.
3, 4 p.n., Room 1, Lane Hall.
Newman Club, Discussion : "Men-
tal Health and Religion." Speaker: Ed
Holmberg, Lutheran psychologist, Sept.
30, 8 p.m., 331 Thompson.
Newman Club ,Art film: "The Sav-
age Eye," special award winner at Ven-
ice Film Festival, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., 331
'Thompson. Admission 50 cents.
University Fellowship, Huron Hills
Baptist Church, Sun., 7 p.m., inter-
varsity film: "Crisis in Missions." Re-
freshments afterward and discussion
led by Ward Wilson.
* * *
Baha'i Student Group, Discussion:
"Unity in Religion," Fri., Sept. 30, 8

p.m., 335 E. Huron, Apt. 5. All welcome.
* * *
U. of M. Ches Club, First round of
tournamefit, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., 3-B
Union.
* * *
Baptist Student Union, Discussion led
by Rev. Jify 'Brown. Topic: "The Atone-
ment,' 'Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., Packard
Road Baptist Church, 1131 Church St.,
Ann Arbor.
Newman Club, Community mass and
supper, Sept. 30,5:10 p.m., 331 Thomp-
son.
Folk Dance Club (WAA), Folk dance,
Mon., Oct. 3, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Women's
Athletic Bldg.
** *
Guild House, Friday noon luncheon,
Mike Locker: "The University and De-
fense Contracts," Fri., Sept. 30, 12-1
p.m., 802 Monroe.
Guild House, The Roost, a kind of
coffee house, Fri., Sept. 30, 8:30 p.m.-
1 a.m., 802 Monroe.

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JEAN MARTINON, Conductor
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OPENING PROGRAM, CHORAL UNION SERIES,
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 830 P.M.
Overture, "Consecration of the
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Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 Nielsen
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' 4 Sinfonia Concertante for Violin,
Cello and Orchestra, Op. 29 ...Rozsa
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