THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5. 1966
PAFE TWO TIlE MICHIGAN DAILY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5,1966
Viewers Get Agony,No Eestacy
FromHollywoo d Extravaganzas
By GENE LEACH embellishments. The imperious Ju- standard chestnuts to suck on.
No art connoisseur can possi- lius becomes a sly, hard manipu- Thus, it would be unthinkable to
bly sit through "The Agony.and lator of men, redeemed, however, show Michelangelo brooding in
The Ecstac y"without more or less by a soft mushy center. Michel- search of an inspiration without
constantly gagging on his popcornangelo becomes a swashbuckling having one peasant wonder,
For people who love Renaissance (Heston always swashbuckles) en- "Doesn't he ever stop worrying?"
painting the agony of the film is trepreneur, charged with a vision and another reply, "No, not until
real enough. The estacy belongs that drives him to insult Princes he .finds what he's looking for."
rea henoug The cstc be of the Church and blast away all And since Michelangelo needed an
to the box office. suspicion that painters aren't has- enormous scaffold to reach the
The plot has anburied deep insides ically like pirates and Old Testa- ceiling, it would be unthinkable to
it. Pol skeleton burid dempinside ment prophets. "Am I... a fool?" let all that expensive height go
it. Pope Julius ' didcommission Michelangelo asks the woman of to waste without constantly send-
igof the Sistine C hapela the piece. "You are ... yourself," ing paint, spit and people plum-
ing f te Sitin Chaelandshe replies, neatly excusing screen- meting to the floor below."
Michelangelo did suffer mightily writer and director from the obli- But art conoisseurs really have
artist wrote a terrifying account gation to explain the artist's con- no business going to a slickie like
of the physical and emotional tor- duct. 'The Agony and The Ecstacyl'
ture he went through to complete Blasphemies are freely bestowedIt's pointless to carp about a
this most ambitious and beautiful on Church and art alike. Makers movie - Hollywood never capital-
of frescoes. of movies of this ilk simply cannot izes on artistic opportunities: the
The transforming magic of Hol- resist cliches, evidently feeling that animal just isn't built that way.
lywood fleshes out this elemental their audiences would feel inse- And certainly it can't improve on
story with all manner of weary l cure if they weren't given the the art of Michelangelo.
- The best thing one can do
with a story like this is to avoid
getting in the way of the paint-
]Eugene Nida, Ph.D., "Linguist er's work. Director Carol Reed de-
serves at least a little credit for
sp eking at both serviees realizing as much. Time and again
"The Agony and the Ecstacy" res-
1 ncues itself from unbearable ban-
1030 A.M.- "Translating the Word Into Life"ality by returning to shots of the
7:00 P.M.-"God's Word in Our World" Sistine Chapel itself. Michelange-
lo's masterpiece easily transcends
j the shoddy vehicle in which it is
Un.versity Reformed Church set.
Once one gives up looking for
1001 E, Huron profundities and novelties, the
--=-story too becomes shallowly en-
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Lusty Fielding Fiction Becomes
Richardson's Travelogue Farce
Starting Nov. 8
WAR AND PEACE
in the Michigan
DAILY CLASSIFIED PAGE
By JOHN T. KELLY
Implications, indications, insin-
uations romp across the English
countryside most sensuously as
Tony Richardson's somewhat
laughable interpretation of Henry
Fielding's novel, "Tom Jones," de-
picts the lighter side of Old Eng-
It is all about a virile English
lad whose illegal origin has not
inhibited his lust for life and les
femmes. It is about his loves
Ray Directs Si
Of Boy's Choji
By BETSY COHN
"Aparajito," part two of the Apu
Trilogy directed by Sajiyat Ray,
does not contain many words; it
does not need many words for it
expresses itself in movement, sound
and facial expression.
Told with simplicity, the film
creates the life of a young "schol-
ar," Apu, reared in a traditionally
family. His father is a priest, his
mother is the attentive and sub-
servient mate. Apu's father dies,
leaving the young boy and his
mother alone. In return for the
devotion she has shown her young
son, she assumes that he will
stay home, care for her and fol-
low in the sacred steps of his
But the natural egoism of youth
and the absorbing passion of
knowledge have redirected the pat-
terned course for Apu; he defies
'Sophie Western, blandly played by bert Finney does justice to Henry
Susannah York; Molly Seagrin, a Fielding's Tom Jones as a robust
testy creature of a swarthy nature young man who wanders through
depicted sensuously by Diane Cil- English valleys wooing sundry
ento, and Mrs. Fitzpatrick, a wom- maidens and their mothers.
an of many charms who is Tom Aside from the humorous and
Jones' mother, maybe. intimate scenes, one can only feel
One is taken to the door of Eng- that Tony Richardson would be
I land and is given a larger than a worthy asset to the British
usual keyhole-peek at what the Chamber of Commerce. In other
lords and Ladyships of Old Eng- words, if you have never been to
land did as they frolicked from England, "Tom Jones" is a must.
haystack to bedroom to fern Tony Richardson's sensitive tal-
patches deep in English woods. Al- ent for directing was brilliantly
--------- ---- --- displayed in the raw realism of the
photography which deserved and
Iperb Portrait did receive an Oscar: peoples'
1 faces panned into view with glow-
ing effects and then were pounced
0 4 e jI upon by the camera for a bit of
ee n1 1 that realism. One was confronted
with the blushing pores of Sophie
Western, the dastardly pimples
straight-forwardness of a docu- around Blifil's mouth, who pursued
mentary except for the awareness Miss Western in a most obnoxious
Ray has given to man: everything manner, and a decaying mole on
becomes important, the sounds of Suire Western's nose.
footsteps, the roots of trees, the The realism does not cease there,
faces of children, the soft moans for one is galloped through Eng-
of grief; they embellish the terse lish woods on a deer hunt-or was
characters and the unelaborate it Wild Game? Anyway, one is
plot. The music of Ravi Shankar confronted with the crushed skull
wheezes expressively, sometimes of a goose, the melancholy face
accentuating sometimes consoling of its master, the ripped neck of
the moods and directions of the a deer, all of which are pushed
characters. to the nose of the camera, which
There is a softness about the heartily tempts one to rush to the
spontaneity of "Aparajito"; it is screen to see if any blood is pro-
as if Ray has placed the situation truding from its surface.
before his characters and instruct- In effect, "Tom Jones" appears
ed them to react. They do so with to be a British Travelogue that
compassion, and without the ap- was sidetracked by some very
parent restriction of precision dia- fetching facets of Old English sex
logue and calculated stage direc- life.
tion. Thus, while the plot is an -
important l t1m~f ithrnaE
TM JIO N E S
With Albert Finney and Susannah York
riday, Saturday, and Sunday
7 & 9:15 P.M.
Aud. A, Angell Hall
Many Seats $till Available
tertaining. Although it falls nlat as
a dramatic conflict between artist
and Pope, the movie manages to
get up off the floor in the guise
of a surprisingly low-keyed, un-
melodramatic battle of wills. (All
the promotional ballyhoo about
guts and glamor is, fortunately,
sheer baloney.) Rex Harrison's
urbanity massages away the mus-
cularity of Charlton Heston and
gives the film some pleasant mo-
ments. Diane Cilento plays an en-
tirely irrelevant character, but
plays it with a grace that takes
most of the embarrassment out of
So if you're looking for a smooth
bit of colorful escapism that will
slide painlessly over the surface of
your brain, spend a couple of
hours at the Campus this week. If
you want to be unlifted, watch
the expectations of tradition and
goes to study at the university in
Time passes; Apu grows wise
and worldly while his mother be-
comes weak with loneliness and
illness. Whether Apu will leave his
studies, obey the wishes of his
family and become a priest be-
comes a question almost too broad
for the sensitive and myopic con-
flicts which the movie discusses.
Ray, in depicting the life of a
young boy, has very gently touch-
ed upon the pinpoint occasions in
his youth which lead him to the
life he will choose for himself.
There is no fashionable photog-
raphy, no gimmickry; rather, the
film very nearly resembles the
111.plLa element, 1Lbecomesj
merely a facility through which
the characters can flow and de-
velop with natural simplicity and
grace. The result is two hours of
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SATURDAY, NOV. 5
9:00 a.m.-Computer Workshop
sessions at North Campus Com-
9:00 a.m.-Center for Research
on Learning and Teaching work-
shop on "Programmed Instruc-
tion" in Rackham.
SUBSCRIPTIONS STILL AVAILABLE!
7:00 p.m. - Cinema II presents
Albert Finney in "Tom Jones" in
Aud. A of Angell Hall.
7 and 9 p.m. - Cinema Guild
will present "The World of Apu"
in the Architecture Aud.
8:00 p.m. - The Professional
Theatre Program will present the
APA's production of Satre's "The
Flies" in the Lydia Mendelssohn
SUNDAY, NOV. 6
2:30 pm.-The APA Co. will
present a matinee performance of
Sartre's "The Flies" in the Lydia
4:15 p.m.-School of Music con,-
cert: The Stanley Quartet in
Rackham Lecture Hall.
7:00 p-m-.-Cinema Guild will
present the entire "Apu Trilogy"
in the Satyajit Ray Festival in
the Architecture Aud.
Read and Use
Shows at 1, 3,
5, 7, & 9 P.M.
How Hsie became a fortune cookie
OR: some people will do anything for $249,000.92
he got hit
by 250 lb.
"We'll be rich!" His wife got out
shouted his of a warm bed
brother-in-law "I'll be jailed!" to come home.
lawyer, Whiplash cried poor but
Willie Gingrich. honest Harry.
"Fake t Fake!*
the Human Niagara Falls.
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