THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1969
THE MICHIGAN DAILI SATURDAY. MAY 21. 1966
Circus': Silly Film
Oehs: Pop.wTop. to LSD Blues
By LESLIE FISH
First, Phil Ochs is a pretty bad
folksinger. His flat, heavy voice,
best adapted for Blues, is loaded
with Pop empty affectations.
"I used to sing along with the
radio . . . Elvis, Buddy Holly. I
got my voice to go along with
them," he says; but what fit
Elvis didn't fit Ochs.
His guitar playing is a droning
monotony of heavy, featureless
flatpick slam only rarely colored
by painfully deliberate "3-finger"
But Ochs as a songwriter is
something else again. The mark-
able thing is that for all his grudg-
ing respect for Dylan ". . . he made
it by straddling two mainstreams")
and his arrogant misconceptions
of folkmusic ". . . it didn't pro-
duce any real creative artists with-
in the idiom; either PP&M types,
or rehash artists like Doc Wat-
son. . ."), Ochs is definitely mov-
ing in the same direction that
Dylan took two years ago.
Like Dylan, Ochs began on
"Folkmusic with a touch of Pop"
(as his tunes and harmonies re-
veal), as a straight "Topical Sing-
er," a propagandist. Now he's
shifting into subjective symbol-
Ochs is now where Dylan was
on his third album.
In his worse songs he's clinched
in phrase, sloppy in fitting words(
By JOHN JAROSH]
"The Circus," a 1928 Chaplin
film having its revival at the Cin-
ema Guild, is outlandishly silly
rather than exceedingly hilarious.
However, this silliness acquires'
such an extra-ordinary resonance'
throughout, that the film escapes
depicting a mere farce.
It was inevitable that sooner or
later Chaplin should join the cir-
cus. These pale-faced clowns who;
wander round the ring with their
putty noses, disconsolate expres-
sions, and jesters' rags, are after
all Chaplin's brothers.
Almost from the very beginning
and when he appears as a clown,
Chaplin is believable, but as a
tight-rope walker in a morning
coat he is gleefully beyond belief.
Aside from the cold calculation
and elaborate chill that runs
through it, "The Circus" is re-
markably homogeneous and rather
deftly constructed. In all aspects
"The Circus" seems to display the
classic unities. It tells a single
story in a single place at a single
time. Actually no real plot is evi-
dent because none ever existed.
The film is a succession of var-
ied fast-moving incidents and a
number of subtle themes that are
interwoven, compounded, blithely
torn apart, for other more mirth-
ful themes immediately take their
Chaplin's actions are performed
as a conjuror might play them.
The rabbits disappear, monkeys
and lions come from nowhere,-the
conjuror's patter continually mis.
leads, and his baleful eye senses
the hoped-for reaction from the
It is the wholly credible nature
of the setting that makes it nec-
essary to use silly ingenuities, hap-
py inventions and clear, sharp im-
ages. To create a balance between
the magical forces controlled by
Chaplin and the magical forces
of the circus, the film was com-
promised. The lion he is confront-
ed with is a sleepy lion with no
lust for human flesh and the
clowns are seriously incompetent.
The pathos of this film is con-
scious and deliberate. Chaplin is
at times humorously lost in his
famous mannerisms. Chaplin even
looks as though he's tired of the
whole weary weight of the world.
Chaplin joins a circus by the
purest accident, staying long
enough to turn it upside down
and to insure the marriage of the
little equestrienne (Merna Kenne-
dy). The circus then moves on
with Chaplin left behind in the
bleak glare of the morning sun.
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services at 10:30 a.m., Sun., May 22.
Supper at 5 p.m., followed by speaker
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"What's Ahead in the Social Sciences?"
7 p.m. Devotions.
Newman Student Association, Picnic,
May 22, 1:30 p.m., 331 Thompson.
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SATURDAY, MAY 21
Bureau of Industrial Relations Sem-
inar-"Decision Making: Rational-Crea-
tive": Rackham Amphitheatre, 8:30 a.m.
Baseball - U-M vs. Michigan State
University: Ferry Field, 1 p.m.
High School French Horn Ensemble
Concert-Hill Aud., 4 p.m.
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3G, Michigan Union.
VOICE-SDS: General membership
meeting; discussion of the student
movement-where it came from and
where it's going. Plans for summer
program, Tues., May 24, 8 p.m., Room
3G, Michigan Union.
Doctoral Examination for Ergun Ar,
Mathematics; thesis: "On the Helmholtz
Equation for an Acoustically Rigid
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Applications now being accepted, forms
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WBFO-FM Educational Radio Service,
Buffalo, N.Y.-Chief engineer desired to
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PHIL OCHS is shown in concert
to line and rhyme, foggy in imag-
ery and clumsy in melody and
"Joe Hill" and "Chaplains of
the War" are sloppy yamp. But
Ochs at his best is an eerie blend
of hallucinegenic imagery, terse
clarity, sharp observation, and
some brilliant satire in a flam-
ence-Blue idiom with touches of
Folk-Rock (like the Kafkaesque
"Trials," or Freudian "Crucifix-
His best to date is "The
Party," which even gets in an
ironic kick at himself, showing
that humor may save him yet.
"The big question facing the
20th century is: 'Will Death Bring
You Down?'" Thinking this way,
he may reveal as much talent as
"I'm just a writer, a recorder
of sense impressions, political and
social vibrations," says Ochs; and
on this self-appraisal he may well
SHOWS START AT
7:00 and 9:05
Spring, Loren Save Judith',
Western with A Difference
Ike supreme suspense of a woman wronged beyond words, almost beyond revenge.,,,.
By JOHN ALLEN
At certain times of the year it
is enough to say of a movie, by
way of recommendation, that So-
phia Loren is in it. Fortunately for
"Judith," now at the State Thea-
tre, it is that time of year.
The latest Loren film has neith-
er the poignancy of "Two Women"
nor the lightheartedness of
"Houseboat." It lacks a few other
things, as well, but it does have
Miss Loren, and that should satis-
fy all but the most serious of film-
In all fairness it must be ad-
mitted that it is a novel exper-
ience to watch a typical Western
when the setting is not Fort Apa-
che but the Gates of Galilee Kib-
butz-and when the settlers and
Indians turn out to be Jews and
Arabs. It is more than a novel
experience; it is good intellectual
exercise: Just how many stand-
ard gimmicks can you recognize
beneath the kibbutz clothing?
There is a certain type of West-
ern which goes something like
this: into a community of settlers
comes a strong, hard woman, bent
on getting even with the no-good
snake who done her wrong. He is
the common enemy of the com-
munity as well, having sold guns
to the Indians. The women, and
the community, for different rea-
sons, have a common goal: re-
s always, the juxtaposition of
a personal vendetta motif upon
the pattern of society seeking its
own, leads to conflict among the
Good Guys before the Bad Guy is
snatched away from the Chief's
tepee and the final battle scene
can get under way. If it is a more
or less contemporary Western, it
ends without a sunset and without
final victory-but with a thick
aura of hope mixed generously in-
to the clearing smoke of battle.
"Judith" is just such a Western,
though it happens to be set in the
If you are not opposed to watch-
ing Westerns with a difference,
"Judith" is good exercise in the
construction of mental parallelo-
grams. It is true that the rather
corny plot is only thinly disguis-
ed, but then the garb of a kib-
butz worker doesn't exactly alter
Miss Loren beyond all recogni-
You might keep score while you
watch the film: one point forI
every intentional resemblance to a
Hollywood Western you definitely
recognize. Thirty or better is just,
passing. No points for recogniz-
ing Miss Loren, however - unless
you consider that the whole point
in the first place.
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