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Doge Two

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, February 25, 1972

Page wo TE MICIGANDAIL

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Editor's note: Tf
were compiled by th
viewing staff: Kyle
Gabler, Richard GI
Munsing, and Bruce
THE STRA U
Michigan Th
By trimming a few
a rape (there's on
from his Straw Dog
inpah got its sente
.from "X" to "R".
I'm told, needn't f
the surgery apparer
noticed: Dogs is stil
still bloodcurdling,
A highly regarded
rect or, Peckinpa
course this time a
story in modern d
England, where a-
ed mathematician
man) has emigrated
fromn sinstained Am
else? Alas, one of
men has designs of
can's Bsritish-born v
thing leads to anotl
rurals surround the
cottage and force7
it out. In the" film's
apy, we are suppose
watching the .thin ve
ization being scrape
really not sure wh
nausea,: is any reco
for art. I'll tell yo
seen the film.
* *
DIRTY H
State Thea
Ever since Dirty
ed here five weel
tried to hammer h
siderable artistic m
because I think the
of people who wu
have passed it by;
cuse on principle
critic, should discus
ily in terms of go
n'ot agreeable and(
and third, because a
the first-thing that
into the trashcan
None of this is to
thetics are somehom
noraIs (if anything
is the case) or that
myself included,
moral judgments wt
the theatre; ethic
legitimately apart
sibilty. I would c<
ever, that. while
humaneness of grea
artist qua artist w
mand humanity. Ar
is gravy.

hese reviews
he Daily's re-
Counts, Neal
latzer, Peter
Shlain.
DOGS
eater
murders and

C lC

IQQ 3Q d

people who have seen the film
agreed with him. Reputedly
light, witty, and delighttul,
Trouble concerns two poli1ied
and charming crooks (played
by Miriam Hopkins and Herbert
Marshall) who attempt to s:win-
dle the chic, rich, and unsuspect-
ing Marianne Colet (Kay Franc-
is). I'll be surprised if Trouble
in Paradise isn't top-notch en-
tertainment.
This film not seen at press
time.

ly one left) On the first count, that of the
's Sam Peck- artist's intentions, Harry g e t s
nce reduced acquitted of one charge and con-
But purists, victed on another. It is innocent
ret, because of fascism, propaganda, exploi-
ntly goes un- tation, and sadism. There is ad-
l distressing, mittedly a strain of look-how-the
still sadistic. courts-have-tied-the-hands-of-the-
Western di- police (though this is fascism
,h changes only by a very broad definition
nd sets his of the word), and if that were
ay Cornwall, the sum of Siegel's message I'd
mild-manner- have to agree that the picture
Dustin Hoff- was possibly immoral and intel-
to get away lectually bankrupt to boot. There
erica. Where is, of course, quite a bit more
the towns- to it than that, but for some
n the Amer- odd reason many people over-
wife, and one look the last two minutes of the
her until the movie, just as so many people
e professor's overlooked the epilogue in Bat-
him to fight tie of Algiers. In that earlier pic-
s shock ther- ture the Algerians go on revolt
d to get sick spontaneously years after Ali's
neer of civil- death. So. much for revolution-
d away. I'm aries, Harry, in Siegel's epilogue,
ether or not toses away his badge. He real-
)mmendation izes that by going outside t h e
u after I've channels of justice to get the
sniper he must now forfeit his
-N.G. place in society. We live by the
* . rules and even Harry knows you
4RRY can't transgress them and then
iter pretends that everything is all
Harry open- right.
sag 'e- 'As I pointed out in my initial
smago I review; Harry's realization no
ome its con- more mitigates his crime than
eit 'first, Raskolikov's conversion lessens
re are a lot the gravity of his crime. And
ld otherwise this is where the film is guilty:
second, be- The real immorality of Harry is
I believe a not the bogus accusation of fas-
art primar- cism, but the picture's altimate
ad and bad, reliance on violence to solve its
disagreeable; problem. Countering fascism, Sie-
tget icsheaved gel really 'hasn't stacked t h e
getheaed deck against liberals; they are
these days. not portrayed as stupid or evil
say thataes- - in fact they seem quite rea-
h sporto sonable and articulate. 1'h e
Sthe oposite Mayor tries to apease thesnp
any viewer, er. Why not when the only alter-
can bansh native is more mayhem? The
hen he enters District Attorney tells H a r r y
s are quite that the sniper poses a threat to
of ourse society but that even a criminal
:ontnd, ow-.has civil rights. Is this foolish-
we demand ness? Sadly, the trouble w i t h
t men, of the Harry's liberals (and here Sie-
'e shoud. de- gel does stack the deck) is that
nything more they're ineffectual. When their
reason fails, the last resort is
' Harry. Siegel may think this is
realism, bu I don't like it.
>r Harry probably also stands
guilty on the second count (aud-
ienee reaction), since itwill no
y, ~doubt reinforce the. opinions of
law and order nuts. This is a
lesser crime, I think,because
audience reaction isn't -wholly
the film's faulti Siegel, like a
good mythologist, has translated
values into narrative ,action; isf
film doesn't impose.so much as
reflect. Needless to say, ours is
?: < a violent country in which bru-
'itality more often than not takes
human if not precedence over rationality. At
as taken a least Harry has to pay a price
m the moral- for his violence, and morality
it fascistic, wins a slight victory.

gether has no sexually redeem-
ing value.
Good porn should be erotic,
sexually stimulating. Mere ex-.
posure is not enough; other-
Wise -you could just as we4l ogle
the imagazines at Fourth Ave.
Adult News.,Together is in fact
anti-erotic,. destirmlating, a n d
not even very revealing at that.
Sure there's tit, and even a gi-
gantic dong, massaged to turgid-
ity with a flower no less. But'
dongs and tits alone do -iot good
porn mkke.

HAROLD AND MAUDE
Campus Theater
Tired of sarcasm? Those nat-
tering nabobs of nihilism getting
you down? Ready for some op-
timism? Well, here's Harold &
Maude, as nice a film as Walt
Disney -ever produced-the type
of film Woodstock Nation might
send its kids to. It concerns the
love of an introverted 20-year-old
boy for a 79-year-old woman,
who "Would like to change into
a sunflower." A liberated Little

Only a lobotomized
could enjoy Together, a
pite what the ads say,
no redeeming social val
fore you pay your two
think of how the adverti
tempts to manipulate y
if you're not a moron
leave, richer, happier
Together is so bad I. the
was a parody at first. T,
is: abysmal boring, cras
efluent, fake godawful i
ous etc., etc.
THE FRENCI
CONNECTIO.
Fox Village

cretin
nd des-
it has
le. Be-
dollars
sing at-
ou, and
you'll
wiser.
sought it
[ogether
ss. dull,
iorrend-
-P.M.
H'
N

Daily-John Upton
Old Lady from Pasadena, she
initiates him into dope, sex and
love.
The film is directed by Hal
Ashby and a number of scenes
show great potential for the type
of comic-tragedy he used in The
Landlord. Unfortunately these
are e i t h e r overextended or
drowned in a sea of mindless
sunshine philosophy. Coaxed on
by such aphorisms as "Live-
otherwise you got nothing to talk
about 'in the locker room," and
"Everybody has the right to
make an ass out of themselves,"
the film ends with Cat Ste vens
singing "If you want to sing out,
sing out; If you want to be free,
be free." And it's non-fattening,
all-sacharine too!
-P.M.
LOS OLVIDADOS
Cinema II
Friday and Saturday
Cinema II has changed their
schedule; instead of fristana
they'llbe showing Los Cvidados
(The Young and the Damned)
tonight and Saturday. Olvidados,
made during Bunel's Mexican
period, documents the delin-
quency of Pedro, pathetic and
unloved by his mother, %nd Jai-

bo, sadistic and very much lov-
ed by Pedro's mother. In their
spare time, the boys amuse
themselves by toppling legless
beggars out of carts and tor-
ment blind men. American crit-
ics found the film either a shock-
ing, sordid, pointless waste or a
brilliant liberal expose )f t h e
horrors of city life, bu just
about everyone agreed - t h e
movie's powerful stuff.
This film not seen at press
time.
--R.G.
* * *
CHAPPAQ UA
Cinema H
Chappaqua is Conrad Rooks'
autobiographical study of his
heroin addiction and withdraw-
al, produced with $500,000 of hi
father's money over a three year
period. The result is an encyclo-
pedia of photgraphic techni-
ques, displayed rather than
used.
The film centers around the
actions of Rooks' subconscious,
the larger part of this basically
plotless film. The problem is that
Rooks appears so often, whe-
ther as Dracula, Cagney, or him-
self, that the imagery becomes
overbearing rather than insight-
fully introspective. While t h i s
may make for great therapy for
Rooks the result is a psycho-
dramatic home movie.
At the moment Rooks is in his
fourth year of filming Sidhartha,
and says "Hesse answers three
questions. Who am I? Why am
I here? Where am I going? If
I can make a film showing this,
I can reassure people of the
meaning of existence."
-P.M.
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never seen an Ernst
movie, so I'm especialy
for this week's festiva
ema Guild. Lubitsch,a
comedian turned didec
how imbued silent com
wit and drawing-room s
tion, and soon enoug
wood moguls, thinking
would be salable com
brought the man and h
to America. In fact,
proved to be one of
foreign directors to fi
wood 'and the subse
vent of sound well suit
films and abilities.
TROUBLE
IN PARADI
Cinema Guild
'Friday=
Ernst Lubitsch has
for pure style, I think
nothing bet r or as
Trouble in Paradise,"

Lubitsch
y 5rrateful
i at Cin-
a German
tor, some-
nedy with
soohistiCa-

gh .polly- CLUNY BROWN
his films Cinema Guild
nmodities, Saturday
is talents Jennifer Jones, as C 1 u n y
Lubitsch Brown, a lady plumber, predates
the few Josephine by about twenty years.
'id Holly- Set in pre-war England, Cluny
quent ad- Brown's about the heroine's
ted to his friendship with Adam Belinsi,
(Charles Bayer), a patriotic
S-R.G. Czech poet forced to flee his-
native land, and about her job as
E . pipe doctor on the Carmel Es-
tate. Although Cluny (Lubits h's
SE last completed movie) gets some
Jabs in , at the English aristo-
cracy, every critic I've read ex-
said, As tolls the virtues of the film's
breezy, urbanely racy - wit.
I've done This film not seen at pr e ss
. ... time.

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.Dirty Harry, a h
humane picture, he
good deal of flak fro
ists. They called

propagandistic, exploitative, and
sadisti - .in a word, immoral.
Which raises the question,
"What exactly do they mean
by 'immoral'?" I'll have to use
inference, but if I interpret the
complaints properly, the com-
plainers are saying first of 'all
that they find the artist's in-
tentions offensive; specifically
these critics condemn director
Don Siegel's glorification of po-
lice repression and his deroga-
tion of the liberals who hamper
aw -enforcement. Secondly, de-
. .ractors are saying that the re-
action the film elicits i: o n e
they don't want tothave and
one they don't want other people
- ve, a criticism seldom lev-
eled at Battle of Algiers (a film
nich provoked mindless hur-
rahs every time a Frenchman
't blown to smithereens). For
some people morality is incon-
Utant.

-N.G.
* * *
TOGETHER
Fifth Forum
In my review of Ginger I stat-
ed the critical canon that cer-
tain types of movies have to be
judged by standards different
from other films; in this case
is it or is it not good porn?
Now, when I said that Together
is the worst film I've ever -een,
apparently people thought I was
talking cinematically. W h-t I e
Together is execrable cinemati-
cally, let me now say that To-

The French Connection is so
much less affecting than Harry
that moral issues never get rais-
ed. New York cop Popeye Doyle
(Gene Hackman) whacks a junk-
ie around. Intellectually %ve may
care but .Popeye bursts in-
to a black bar and bullies the
patrons. Intellectually we may
' fre but... Popeye argues with
his superior while two accident
victims are carted away. Intel-
'lectually we may care but...
The postscript tells ,us t h a t
Doyle and partner Russo were
transferred out of Narcotics. Ho
hum. Connection has two assets
in director William Friedlin and
star Gene Hackman (both Acad-
emy Award nominees), and
Hackman conveniently points up
the film's dilemma. His p e r-
formance is so naturalistic ne al-
most puts the film in the cate-
gory of documentary, at the ex-
pense of impact. If Paul New-
man had played Doyle the pic-
ture would have gained affec-
tiveness but at the expense of
realism. The viewer is the only
one who wins, and he just for
two fun hours with no aftertaste.
-N.G.
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