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Pick of the week:
Paper Chase
Cinema U, Aud. A
Fri., Sat., 7, 9
This caustically witty little
drama arrives back in town this
week at just the right time - and Christmas season, neig
immediately following the first borhood theatres are having
round of hourly exams. resort to the old standby+
For although Paper Chase is MGM's "Fabulous Four", Go
actually the tale of the adven- With the Wind. Running jt
tures of a first - year student at short of a whopping 240 mi
Harvard Law School, it is more utes, the film seems to gaina
generally a piece of film with a hour with each successive view
totally refreshing outlook on all:' ing.
of those day-to-day hassles each Based on the massive no
of us must suffer through as by Margaret Mitchell, Vict
students at the Big '. Fleming's 1939 film covers tf
Timothy Bottoms portrays the now-infamous escapades
student "chasing" after that all- Rhett B u t I e r and Sca
important piece of paper - a lett O'Hara set against the Ci,
diploma from Harvard Law. Be- 'it War, with Clark Gable ar
hind-the-scenes veteran John Vivien Leigh filling the no
Houseman turned actor for the classic bill.
first time in this film, playing Butthe classic itself is no
Bottoms' irascible contracts somewhat an exercise in tole
professor - a rough old man ance. Just when the audienc
on the outside, but a lovable, sees Clark and Viv wanderi
admirable brain within. into the sunset, complete wi
In a sense, though, the appeal swelling music, one expects t
of this picture might be too lim- credits to roll and end the mar,
ited and specific. I'm not sure thon, but instead gets just a3
an audience removed from col- other fade and the show go

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ed cast of characters set asail
on the luxury liner Britannic,
only to be notified once far out
at sea by a mysterious black-
mailer, Juggernaut, that a
bomb will rip the ship open
"like a can of sardines" (kill-
ing 1200 men, women and chil-
ganzas of Metro-Goldwyn-May- dren) unless a huge ransom is
er. paid.

movie a masterpiece, but those
who don't should be warned
that this movie is a total "gross-E
out" and impossible to tolerate.
The movie opens with a shoti
of a razor being stropped. Sec-
onds later, this razor slices a
woman's eye in half. Need more
be said? The picture is made
up of a series of dream images
which have no relation to each
other but which explore Freud's
ideas on the subconscience.
Fortunately, the movie is
mercifully short (17 minutes),
and once the opening scene is
over, there are a lot of ideas
concerning truth and human
emotions which are really
worth seeing. Don't go out of
your way to see this movie, but
it is a classic of early cinema.
If you're in the neighborhood,
give it a try.
-Mark DeBofsky
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ean coast. Naturally, the game1
backfires and the plot takes
off into endless twists and sur-
prises.
The Last of Sheila is saved
from the ranks of commercial
pap largely by the intricacy of
the puzzle. But it's Hollywood,
all the way - from the soap;
opera to the sassy self-parody.
-Judy Lopatin
* * *
Uptown. Saturday
Night
The Movies, Briarwood
Uptown Saturday Night is a7
film reminiscent of a 1930's De-j
pression comedy. Director Sid-
ney Poitier runs all those
wholesome qualities - love, loy-,
alty, cheerfulness and fast talk
-by us one more time, but this:
time with the special twist of
an all black cast.;
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lege by a couple of decades on. Fantasa name
could really understand what It appears that the local thea- Campus by Poitier) and his friend, War-
Paper Chase was trying to say , tre owners know they have a In the 35 years since its initial dell Franklin (Bill Cosby), man- r
-which is really quite sad, be- guaranteed audience - that be- release, the Walt Disney pro- age to lose a prize lottery tic-r
cause the film does make some ing those hard core, card car- duction of Fantasia has grown ket in the robbery of an under-
valid points about the value or ' rying members of some quasi- from a critically acclaimed box- world "hot spot". In their at-
lack thereof of the traditional 'existent Gone With the Wind office dud into a minor phe- tempt to retrieve it, some en-
grading system. fan club who physically require nomenon for those young peo- joyably far-fetched misadven-
By the way, there are only , a dose of sentimental schmaltz ple among us in relentless tures befall them.-
two or three sequences in this to make it through the next search of separate planes of Harry Belafonte plays a char-
film actually shot at Harvard. twelve months. reality. acter comic in its resemblance
The rest, interestingly enough. My only advice to them is to In all honesty, Fantasia is no to Marlon Brando's Godfather.
was done at the University of catch it in glorious 70 mm be- more than the Disney studio's Notable also is Richard Pryor
Toronto. fore NBC shrinks it to 21 inches! exploration of the artistic possi- as Sharp Eye Washington.
--David Blomquist sometime next year. bilities of animation. The film This is no work of art, but it
--Jim Valk is comprised of several cartoon is a black package of cor-
vignettes, each set to a partic- plete entertainment, tied neat-
Chinatown ular piece of classical music, Iv with one of those unbeliev-
The Movies, Briarwood and united as one by intermit- ably happy endings.
i rg~in Spring itemi--David Crumm
There's something hopelessly Cinema Guild, Arch. Aud. tent and often irritating silhou-.* * *
beautiful about Roman Polan- C, ettes of the Leopold Stokowski*l
ski's new film, Chinatown. Per- Sat., 7, 9 orchestra at work. Island of I2ost Souls
haps his memory of Sharon Ingmar Bergman, who usually Fantasia is a fascinating vis- Cinema II Aud. A
Tate is fading: the streaks of deals with the enigmatic, sym- ual experience, but not at all Sun, 7, 9
violence that have so much bolically complex film, breaks the other-worldly mind-trip that If by chanc there is an
characterized his more recent ' with tradition i Virgin Spring. its typical audience's cannabis- Erle C. Kenton cult thriving
films have disappeared. Spring is a simple, 13th - cen- induced cries of "Oh wow!" somewhere in the basements of
Jack Nicholson plays Jake, an tury tale of moral righteousness, would seem to indicate. I would most diehard horror film fans,
ex-Los Angeles Chinatown cop revealing the overwhelming con- recommend that serious film I'm sure they would designate'
in the '30s who is in the small- flict between the pagan urge for students see this one straight Island of Lost Souls as his direc-
time and somewhat sordid rac- revenge and the Christian ideal for maximum appreciation of! torial masterpiece.
ket of spying for suspicious hus- of forgiveness. the classically inspired anima- II. G. Wells's Island of Dr.1
bands and wives on their mates.!. The film depicts with brutal- tion. ode he b for
Evelyn Mulrae (Faye Duna- istic, minute detail the rape and -Chris Kochmanski this 1933 production, which is
way) comes to Jake with such a murder by two goatherds of a * * * surprisingly lavish when one
problem, and Jake suddenly aser candleswto csurch e Last of Sheila thinks of the horror picture's
zarre scandal vn the Los An- father, in a primeval rage, ruth- Mediatrics, Nat. Sci. Aud. traditionally low status among
gresWatrdeparn tmentosn- alessly kills the two men. How- Fri., Sat., 7:30, 9:30 film genres. Charles Laughton
scanda that becomens for u ever, he also murders an inno- Murder mystery aficionados chews up scenery as the madly
the incarnation of all the sec- cent young boy, reminiscent of should delight in The Last of ambitious Dr. Moreau, who
tes andcrrptionswith t s- his daughter, which eventually Sheila. This high-gloss Holly- j tampers with nature and cre-
rets and corruptions withnthis causes him to repent. wood whodunit is a stylish syn- ates a legion of man-beasts, led
Chinatown is about this s- Despite the unrestrained rea- thesis of the brain - teasingby Bela Lugosi in one of the
ciety - its aching need for jus- lism and simple plot, Virgin Sleuth and every murder story Hungarian actor's strangest
tice and love and the incredi- Spring is worth seeing and Agatha Christie ever concocted roles.
ble tides that crash you back should be especially intriguing (especially And Then There For anyone who has ever
for followers of Bergman. Were None). purchased adcopy of Famous
to Chinatown, back to the filth, --Cinthia Fox Writer - producers Stephen Monsters of Fimland, Island of
back to the absurd horrors of Sondheim and Anthony Perkins Lost Souls is a must, for almost
the street.It's Nicholson's most hn Chien Andalon haveassembled an allstar cast any issue of this magazine is
in-depth role to date, and Dun-' V Che Anao ; (Richard Benjamin, James Co-' sure to feature at least one
away is, from every stand- Couzens Film Co-op burn, Raquel Welch, Dyan Can- juicy still from the flick. Ev-
point, stunning. Couzens Cafeteria non, and James Mason) to por- eryone else is encouraged toi
U-David Weinberg Fri., Sat., 8, 10 tray a rogues gallery of Ho- ee
* +* U ian ~.Anelolm~i UtWU ,IWKS [fle V''Utvn jJ with aLL ncU of. where.

to a director attacking a Shake-
speare play is that of finding
some kind of new approach to
the classic text without de-
stroying completely The Bard's
intentions.
In many ways, Franco Zeffir-
elli succeeded. His 1968 Romeo
and Juliet somehow manages
to successfully examine the
greatest British writer from a
distinctively Italian viewpoint.
I don't agree with all of his
touches, but somehow, in the
end, they work.
Probably Zeffirelli's most pro-
mising idea was his choice of
two (then) teenage actors, Leo-
nard Whiting and Olivia Hussey,
to fill the lead roles tradition-
ally filled by much older thes-
pians. The script suddenly as-
sumes an entirely different per-j
spective, even if hampered by
an occasional hesitant line now
and then.
Pascqualio de Santis's photog-
raphy is the most delightful ele-
ment of this generally pleasur-
able film, however. His stun-
ning lighting effects give the in-
teriors a slight yellow cast that
remarkably imitates the colors
of a Renaissance painting and
amplifies the period atmos-
phere.
-David Blomquist
* - *
California Split
Fox Village
Robert.Altman more than re-
,deems his spring flop, Thieves,
Like Us, with this terribly sub-
tle yet terribly complex tale of
two gamblers on an almost un-
believable winning streak.
Elliot Gould is the professional
of the pair - the man who
thrives on the risk of high-low
poker and the close, sweaty at-
mosphere of the dice tables.
George Segal, meanwhile,'
portrays a magazine writer
working in Las Vegas (while:
separated from his wife) who
has only a passing interest in
gambling - until he meets up'
with the pro.
But the icing on the cake is
Altman's superb use of sound to

emphasize and heighten the
pace pace of his film. S o u n d
mixer Jim Webb presided over
no less than 13 microphones in
a daring attempt to convey a
more in-depth cinematic im-
pression of the frenzy-filled
world of the casino. The tech-
nique proves to be largely suc-
cesful, and at any rate is fas-
cinating to listen to.
-David Blomquist
S* *
Animal Crackers
State
Animal Crackers, a classic
Marx Brothers comedy, has re-
turned to the world of the liv-
ing. For 20 years this film
has been kept off the market,
for one reason or another. But
, now another studio has re-re-
leased it, and it is as funny as
every other Marx Brothers film.
Shot on Long Island in ;he
early thirties, this film is an
excellent opportunity to gee the
Marx Brothers as young men.
It is easy to see the seeds of
greatness in these four young-
sters.
What can one say about a
Marx Brothers film? Only thatj
if you go to see it, you will
laugh for the entire evening.'j
--David Warren

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pretentious and overdone at The Groove Tube
times, but it remains a mag- The Movies, Briarwood
nificent tribute to one of the The Groove Tube is much like
most imaginative genres of Where's Poppa? It contains
film history. something to offend nearly ev-
--David Blomquist erybody, no matter who you
* * * are. But it's also wildly funny
in spaces and is a beautiful
Juggernaut roasting of the bland dreadful
The Movies, Briarwood pap which comprises commer-
In keeping with the current 'ial television.
Hollywood craze of disaster The short film is set in a
flicks, United Artists has flush- number of short skits, many of
ed out its pre-holiday sewers which parody familiar televi-
and spilled Juggernaut, the lat- s i o n formats. Predictably,
est greatest sea adventure in there's a Sex Olympics skit,
history, into practically every 'pwith, of course, commentary by
neighborhood theatre in the a former participant describing
world. Obviously, the movie the action. The French Chef et
mogels in Tinseltown know what alia is blasted by The Kramp
they don't have, realizing Easv Lube Kitchens.
they've got to pack the theatres Still, if you're not offended b'
before word of mouth empties National Lampoon humor you're
them. bound to find a great deal of
The movie itself is so simple it funny.
it defies believability. An assort-' -Stephen Selbst

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That's Entertainment
Michigan
That black sheep half-brother
of opera, the musical, has al-
ways been a uniquely American
form of entertainment. In most
of the rest of the world, the
musical has usually been view-
ed as a rather tasteless Yankee
curio. But here at home it has
always remained a perenially
popular mode of entertainment
-whether on the Broadway
stage or the small-town movie
screen.
The heyday of the musical
film has probably now gone by
(to wit this summer's Mame
and Huckleberry Finn). Still,
for nearly 40 years, some of the
greatest productions every re-
corded on celluloid were the
singing and dancing extrava-

Almost all of the "greats" of As expected, it is a race
the '30s and '40s stopped by a against time, with the movie
t Metro soundstage at one time winding down to the final iden-
E or another to contribute to the tity of Juggernaut, which is
legacy that has become That's perhaps the biggest swindle of
Entertainment. Garland, Ga- the entire mess. Richard Harris
> ble, Astaire, Kelly, Rooney, and Omar Sharif head the
Stewart, Chevalier: they're all cast that is sentenced to the
here. s script, discovering they have a
Jfull time job just keeping their
the tin man in Wizard of Oz- heads above water, to say noth-
presided over the editing of ing of keeping a straight face.
MGM's cinematic heritage into , -Jim Valk
this 2% hour film. It's a little

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a-MEDIATRICS
PRESENTS
$"THE LAST OF SHEILA"r
STARRING
JAMES MASON JAMES COLBURN
DYAN CANNON RAQUEL WELCH
7:30, 9 :30
FRI. & SAT., OCT. 4, 5
NAT. SCI. AUD. Admission $1
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* * *Un unen AndaIOU marKs the ,ywa ype u a nULu
combination of the surrealistic scandalous secrets.
Gone With The Wind minds of director Luis Bunuel The fun and games begin
Fifth Forum and artist Salvador Dali and is aboard ringleader Coburn's
In an attempt to fill the fall rife with the traditional images yacht, where he outlines an ela-
drought of commercial enter- of both. Those who are able to borate game of detective to be
tainment between the summer understand surrealism find this played along the Mediterran-E

-Chris Kochmanskij
Romeo and uliet
New World, MLB 4
Sun., 7, 9:30
Perhaps the biggest challenge

JESSYE NORMAN
Soprano
in reci tal
SATURDAY NIGHT-Hill Aud.-8:30
MALAYSIAN NATIONAL
SHADOW THEATRE
SUNDAY AFTERNOON-Hill Aud.-2:30
6WWNJ IVERt ITY
CvIUSICAL '8OCIETY
BURTON TOWER, ANN ARBOR
Weekdays 9-4:30, Sat. 9-12-- 665-3717
Auditorium Box Office open I h1 hours before performance
Eastern Michigan University
PRESENTS
BACHMANURNER
OVERDRIVE

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EDITOR'S NOTE - Read- 516 E. Liberty
ers are invited to submit no- From Gary, Ind. comes "Ten
tices of live mnusic perform- High," a seven-man rock group,
ances in the Ann Arbor - Ypsi- Playing the familiar tunes from
lanti area to the Nigh/life cml- the squawk-box in Doobie Bros.
I style. Features three full-time
unn. Address them to Ro"'vocalists, bongos, and some de-,
Tan gdon, cdo The Michigan cent solo work. :Appearing'I
Daily, 420 Maynard 51., Ann through Sunday, starting at 9:30
Arbor 48104. . p.m. $1.50 cover.
By PON LANGDON *
BLIND PIG THE ARK
208 S. First 1421 Hill
Appearing Friday and Satur- This weekend, it's Paul Gere-
day night: "Babyboy" Warren mia, country blues singer andF
and his Chicago blues band. songwriter from Rhode Island.
Show starts promptly at 9:30:Show begins at 9:00. $2.50 covers
p.m. $1 cover charge. the music, coffee, and that:

is $1, but only 75c on Sunday. jazz saxophonist Flip Jackson
Shows start at 9:30. and his quartet will be blowinig
* out "sassy and mellow" contem-,
HURON HOTEL & LOUNGE porary jazz through Saturday*
124 Pearl night. No dancing, but no cover
Ypsilanti charge, either. Music begins at
Long established professional 9:30.
CKLW Presents at COBO ARENA
Wednesday, Oct. 9-7:30 p.m.
JEFFERSON STARSH IP
Grace Slick * Paul Kantner
featuring: John Barbata, Peter Sears, David
Freiberg, Craig Chaquico, Papa John Creech
Special Guest Stars
R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON
TICKETS: $6.50, $5.00
Available at all Hudson's or Grinnell's, or atI
the box office, or by mail order:
COBO BOX OFFICE

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DEL RIO
122 Washington
Jazz jam Sunday afternoon,
with whoever shows up. 4:30 to
9:00 p.m. No cover.
GOLDEN FALCON
314 S. Fourth Ave.
Appearing Friday and Satur-
day night is "Mixed Bag," a
local, all black, five-man jazz
group with flute, offering a var-
iety of progressive, creative,
and "funky" modern jazz.
SUDS FACTORY
N. Huron at Lowell
Ypsilanti
Appearing through Monday
night is the local seven-man
rock group "Masquerade," play-
ing hard-drivinig rock and dance
music with a Jethro Tull style
flute. Cover is 50c on week-
nights and $1 on weekends.
Showtime 9:30.
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tunny tasting popcorn.
THE SCENE
William at Main
Appearing Thursday, Friday,
and Saturday through the month
of October is "Kramer's Kream-
ers." Kramer is formerly of
the infamous MC-5. Cover
charge is 50c on Thursday, $1.00
on weekends. Jams begin
around 9:00.
*

MR. FLOOD'S PARTY 321 W. Jefferson
120 W. Liberty Detroit 48226
Appearing through Sunday is; Enclose self-addressed stamped enveloe with certified
the five-man country rock group ce seyorder
"Jawbone," from East Lansing. check or rnonev order
Features pedal-steel and dobro A BAMBOO PRODUCTION
guitar, and violin. Cover charge
MAE WEST & CARY GRANT in 1933
I'M NO ANGEL
The Grand Dame of sexual comedy throws a few curves at a young Cory
Grant who fields them with the class that made him famous. Mae plays
Tira, a circus beauty (who places her head in a lion's mouth) who plays
with her many admirees in a fabulous boudoir. Short: HIS PREHISTORIC
f/ PAST. Charlie Chaplin.

WITH
BOB SEGER
BOWEN FIELD HOUSE
SUNDAY, OCT. 13--8 P.M.
TICKETS $5.00 & $6.00
Available at: McKenny Union, EMU; Hudsons at Briar-
wood; Hudsons Westland.
o Brass Rina Production
Couzen's Film Co-op presents
A BUNVEL WEEKEND
Two Great Masterpieces by Luis Bunuel:
Los Olvidados
(THE YOUNG AND THE DAMNED)
-winner of the Cannes Grand Prize for Direc-
tion (Spanish with English subtitles)
-AND-
Un Chien Andalon
(AN ANDALOUSIAN DOG)

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