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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, May S, 1969

~Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursdoy, May 8. 1969

music s
'ush Tickets:',
FOR the first time in its long history, the University Musical
Society offered special "Rush Tickets" to the annual May
Festival held in Hill Aud.
During a specified time the day of each concert, stu-
dents, professors, and townspeople could obtain for only one
dollar a ticket to concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra and
visiting artists; these tickets entitled the holder not merely
to "rear of the house" seats but in many cases to prime main
floor seats thait had gone unsold.
Gail Rector, president of the UMS, is to be congratulated
on this move which should prove beneficial to both student
and the UMS box office. Many students interested in music
hesitate to pgy the full seat price, let alone buy a series sub-
scription; to these people the rush ticket is a special induce-
ment to attend concerts.'
FURTIERMORE, as the May Festival unavoidably falls
during the winter term examination period, when stu-
dents may be loath to commit their time (and money) in
adyance, the rush ticket becomes a good last minute way to
take a break from studies.
It is hoped that the enthusiastic response to this experi-
ment-shown by long, eager lines-will induce the UMS to
offer rush tickets during their fall and winter term concert
series.
Regular concert-goers know that to hear the top attrac-
tions, which inevitably sell out Hill Aud., they will have to,
purchase either series or full-price tickets. For the slightly
lesser names, rush tickets can only help bring curious stu-
dents to the concert hall and fill up those otherwise empty
seats. Apart from being good business sense, rush tickets
are an investment in the cultural education of University
students, /
-R. A. PERRY
Contemporary program
receive $25, 000 grant

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'George:'
By JAY CASSIDY
The Killing of Sister George is the story of an
actress whose character dies in the soap opera
she performs in. Yet the whole film is not much
more than a big technicolor soap opera, only
better because it is about lesbians and you get to
see Susannah Fork's breasts.
Soap operas are a great tradition and must
not be harshly judged because of what seems to
be cheap emotionalism. The plots are deeply,
interwoven in a number of main characters but
simple enough to allow the late-coming viewer to
become emotionally involved. The episodes shift
from characters to other characters to develop
the interwoven plot by the devise of climax. The
climax, however biting, is only one of a series
that comes week after week.
The key to soap opera is that relationships
thrive on conflict. Not just mundane "let's buy
a new TV"-"No. let's not" conflicts but intense-
ly emotional conflicts.
Soap operas are also the champions of un-
spoken social dilemmas. On an average weekday
afternoon, television soap operas treat us to
abortions, unwed mothers, divorce, terminal di-
seases, bratty kids, and all those problems that
we never want to have happen to our family.
It is in this tradition that The Killing of Sister
George must be viewed. Beryl Reid gives a stun-_
ning performance of Miss June Buckridge, who
acts in the soap opera as the motorbike-riding
Sister George, humble heroine of the small
village.
In real life, Miss June Buckridge drinks like a
sailor and bitches at her childlike nymph Of a
roommate who she calls "Childie" (Susannah
York). George, the domineering mother-gestapo
guard, puts Childie through hell by hiding her
dolls and making her chew& and swallow cigar
butts when she comes in too late. Childie, in
spite of her nymphlike behavior, turns out to be
a 32-year-old big girl who was an unwed mother
at fifteen.
The plot is soap opera; Sister George looses
her job as humble heroine and Childie finds
someone new in George's old producer (Coral
Browne). The relationships are in conflict: Sister
George is always drinking and yelling (Beryl
Reid is the best yeller I have heard in a long

ho vie soap
time) and her life is portrayed as nothing but
intense emotional conflict.
By the revealing of the relationships between
the two women the film succeeds in its most
disturbing purpose: that the relationship be-
tween two lesbians goes farther than what we
might expect. Miss Buckridge and Childie have
"been together so long." Their relationship can-
not be defined in terms of "mother-daughter,"
"husband-wife" or any other conventional roles.
The audience must cast off the preconceived
kinds of relationships and accept this new kind.
Miss Buckridge and Childie find a kind of love
through their need for each other. They do not
stay together for passion but because of the
psychological need they have for each other.
When Childie goes off with "another woman"
we suspect that she is driven by passion but we
also feel that she is trying to escape her emo-
tional role.
The question that arises from all of this is
whether this movie or soap operas in general are
accurate portrayals of human relationships.
I say no, because I feel that human relation-
ships exist, thrive, and change during periods
were there are no intense emotional conflicts.
The mundane decision of buying a new TV is
not highly emotional but important in an ever-
changing relationship. Soap opera and this film'
only deal with the character during intensely
emotional relationships and that makes me ques-
tion the validity of them.
Another criticism lies in the tendency of the
audience to use the emotional relationships to
live through real life emotions. The classic ex-
ample of the little old lady glued to her TV set
everyday is an all too human tendency. Just as
Miss Buckridge lives' out her goodness through
her role as Sister George, the audience is drawn
to the same emotionalism by exceedingly cheap
devices. Certainly a film should involve the aud-
ience but in the soap opera, since it uses cheap
devices, our emotions, however real to us, do not
feel valid.
The most caustic criticism that I have to offer
tand the most valid) is that I simply didn't en-
joy the movie. All the intellectualization comes
as an afterthought, not in the process of watch-
ing the film.

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