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Thursday, January 16, 1975

THE 1'vtl MIGAN DAISY

Page Five

Thursday, January 1 6, 1975THE MICHIGAN DAiLY

Gr"ad
By JIM VALK
Hopping between the Residen-
tial College, Classics Depart-'
ment, and LSA, John Allen has
returned to Ann Arbor. The
former Michigan grad turned
film critic has come back to
his alma mater for the fifth
year in the Residential College,
while making his debut in the
Classics Department and LSA,'
not considering, of course, his
three years as a grader hashing
through some "beastly" papers
in Marvin Feldheim's now in-
famous American Studies film
course.
Allen returns here for the
"availability of film on cam-
pus," and to indulge in the Ann
Arbor Film Festival, which is
"at least half a reason for
wanting to live in Ann Arbor."
But even more, he misseds
having a kind of live audience.k
"I missed a sense of who was
out there," he explains of his
time as film critic for the Chris-
tian Science Monitor. Returning
to the academic arena where
the "classroom situation pro-
vides instant feedback," Allen
feels he is closer to his audi-
ence.
The transition from amateur

turned pr
to professional status in film hours spent at old films is veryG
criticism is owed partly to his slight."
work at Michigan. "If I must In order to write the type of
give credit where credit is due, criticism that he feels is need-
it goes at least in part to the ed, Allen prefers to "expose
Michigan Daily." himself to Japanese classics
While applying for a general and some of the better early
news position at the Monitor, American comedies."
the six film reviews he wrote Allen sees Francis Ford Cop-
". .academy Award voting is often shap.
ed by a sense of being in the public eye.
I think they are always worried about the
image of Hollywood."

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an an
Kubricl
terestir
maker
ing jus
view u
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Allen
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ecdote involving Stanley
k, whom he sees "as in-
ng an American film-
as is alive today". Hav-
t finished a glowing re-
f 2001 that appeared in
ristian Science Monitor,
was 'ushered into his
ck's) presence" at a
ing of the film.

problem of censorship and whe-
ther Hollywood is or is not be-
ing socially responsive to the
needs of the nation."
He sees a number of the
awards given to be a reinforce-
ment by the industry, prompted
by a desire to say "Yes, we are
socially aware. You see, we
vote for films like In the Heat of

UAC Concert Co-op
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TONIGHT
and his band
THURS., Jan. 16, POWER CENTER, 8 pm.
Reserved seats $4.00. Avail. UM Union 11-5:30 daily
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hall, keep good music on campus.
--

-John

Allen

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for the Daily one summer were pola's The Conversation as
seen by the editors of the pub- "the best American film since
lication, who promptly gave j Bonnie and Clyde," a pair only
him the position of film critic. to be joined by The Graduate
Ironically, while coming up j and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
through the American Studies "Chinatown," he says "is pretty
program here, Allen has little brilliant film - hokey at mo-
fondness for- the contemporary ments - but certainly one of
American film. "I have seen'the best four or five films to
only a fraction of the new films come out of Hollywood in recent
of the past year - including the ' years."
major ones; the number of 2001 holds a special place in
hours spent at new films com- his cabinet of memories as a
pared with the number of film critic. He eagerly recalls

Allen gleefully recalls Ku- the Night. I can't think of any
brick's words to his press ag- cinematic reason for choosing
ent: "While I'm talking to Mr. that as best film of the year."
Allen, I want you to go and get With the oncoming of New
ahold of the New York Times. Yorker film critic Pauline Kael
We've got to get this article to the Ann Arbor campus in Ap-
reprinted . . . this is too good ril, Allen is predictably excit-
to be buried in the Christian ed. His thesis for his doctorate
Science Monitor." The result, bears the title "Pauline Kael,
needlesshto say, wasta reprint- Art, and the Movies," a caustic
ing of the entire article in an switch on Kael's classic piece
ad for the film in the Sun- "Trash, Art, and the Movies.
day New York Times.
Like any knowledgable per- As playful as this tug-of-war
son in his field, Allen has opin- may seem, Allen's approach to
ions on those successful in the Kael's writing, which he main-
craft, notably directors like tains are "full of very inter-
Godard (" . . . started out to esting contradictions," is one
be an interesting filmmaker"), of a scholarly tactician. His
Altman ("very indulgent"), Po- ammunition consists of a 300
lanski ("uneven", Cassavettes plus page thesis that Allen
("as powerful work as anybody hopes to someday have publish-
around"), and Bergman and ed.
Fellini ("two of the four or five Although having never met
greatest filmmakers who ever his cinematic antagonist face-
lived"). to-face, John Allen is confident
Also consistent with other
knowledgeable persons in hisM NIC
field is his disdain of the Aca- MINI C
demy Awards. Allen does not INTERDISCIPLINS
doubt the validity and authen- OF VI RG I (
ticity of the awards, as he be- MARGARE"
lieves the men and women of Assistant Prof
the Academy really do express TH U R
their feelings when they vote January 16, 23,
for the films the way they do. 7-9 P.M.
"I think their voting is often This m -s P.M.
shaped by a sense of being in Tisminicus will look at
hpd bya s beg Bloominaton Group, her crit
the public eye. I think they are of feminism and androcvnv
always worried about the image of Philosophy from the NeA
of Hollywood. They are fre- will give a guest lecture.
quently concerned about the REGISTER AT 1058

John Allen

in his knowledge of her psyche,
as he states, "I may know Pau-.
line Kae ,better than she knows
herself, at least in terms of
knowing her public persona."
Should these two meet within
striking distance sometime dur-
ing Kael's visit in April, you
can bet I'll have a ringside
seat.

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