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Friday, November 2, 1573



Page Five

Lawrence of Arabia
Cinem 11, Aud. A
Fri., S t., 6:45, 10:00
A David Lean film is the think-
ing man's epic, an intellectual in-
quiry with a cast of thousands.
As do his other imnortant films
(The Bridge Over the River Kwai,
Dr. Zhiv go), Lawrence of Ara-
bia explores the nature of loyal-
Peter O'Toole (in his first star-
ring role) is brilliant as T. E.
Lawrence, the young British ar-
chaeologist turned soldier who
led the Arabs to victory against
the Turks in World War I.
O'Toole's performance is a pene-
trating study of a man torn be-

tween his duty to his superiors
and his respect and love for the
people of a different culture.
O'Toole's performance, a fine
supporting cast (Alec Guiness,
Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn,
Jack Hawkins, and Arthur Ken-
nedy), stinning photography,
sone of the best battle scenes
ever filmed, and Le-n's master-
fUl direction m ke this a film
that is not to be missed.
Cineml II, Aud. A
Sun., 7, 9
Contempt is one of the more
popular films of director Jean
Luc-Godard's pre-Dziga Vertow

period., One reason might be the
nude scene with Brigitte Bardot
included at the insistence of the
American producer because the
film was too "arty." A better
reason is the jarring us of color
and the unremitting portrayal of
a man unaware of why he is held
in such contempt by his wife and
his co-workers.
Godard has called it "a simple
film amout complicated things."
More than just a story, it is a
further attempt to re-invent the
alphabet of the cinema, and
should be seen in that spirit.
On the Waterfront and
A Streetcar
Named Desire
Friends of Newsreel, MLB
Fri., Sat., Sun., 7:15, 9:30
Friends of Brando can thank
Friends of Newsreel for showing
two of his best films, On the Wat-
erfront and A Streetcar Named
On the Waterfront is a fine
movie, but only enjoyable if you
like Brando at his crudest. The
ads quote Pauline Kael, so I'll

for one man to be a jack-of-all
trades: a bestselling fiction writ-
er, a promising dramatic film di-
rector, and, as Le Sex-Shop illus-
trates, a successful comedian in
the best Woody Allen tradition.
Berri plays the owner of a
bankrupt Paris bookstore who
gratefully accepts a friend's pro-
posal with hopes of solving his
financial woes: convert the quiet
little shop into a porno adult book
store-a "sex shop."
Interspersed through the pic-
ture are some great one-line wise-
cracks. Although Le Sex-Shop
bogs down to a halt at times, it
is for the most part a top-grade
90 minutes of comedy.
The Adversary,
and C handrata
Cinema Guild, Arch. And.
Fri., Sat., Sun,, 7, 9:05
Of these three recent works
of Indian film master Satyajit
Ray (best known for the Apu Tri-
logy), The Adversary (Sun.
night) is the best and newest. It
concerns the plight of Sidhartha,

The Babe Ruth Story, a classic
baseball film. Drum chronicles
the plight of a doomed friendship
between two teammates, one of
whom is terminally ill.
John Hancock's direction.is del-
icate, underscoring the heavy
sentimentality of the screenplay
with h beautifully forced sar-
casm. E sily one of the better
films to come out in '73, Drum
is nice, breezy afternoon-mati-
nee-type cinema. Don't miss it.
,ini Plays Berkeley
and Reefer Madness
This chance t , see Jimi Hen-
drix in action is a rare obpor-
tunity to watch one of the most
spellbinding performers of the
sixties. Jimi Plays Berkeley was
filmed on Memorial Day, 1970, in
California by the overrated un-
derground director Peter Pila-
fi an.
Playing with Hendrix are long-
time E x p e r i e n c e drum-
mer Mitch Mitchell and Band of
Gypsies bass player Billy Cox.
The music quality in general is
quite good, but it is the Hendrix

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The French Connection
Fri.& tS1& 93Nat. S . Aud.

Cinema weekend...

just mention that she considered
it an important movie with a ma-
jor flaw: oversimplification.
Hollywood had to cop out at the
end, but this film wasone of the
first to spotlight the American
lower depths.
Streetcar does not try as hard
as Waterfront to be relevant and
ends up a better film. Blessed
with the best work from one of
our best playwrights, Tennessee
Williams, and a near perfect per-
formance by Brando, the movie
overcomes its staginess.
Rather ironically, since all the
the ads features Brando, the cri-
tical honors and the Oscar went
to Vivien Leigh for what Kael
termed "the greatest feminine
screen portrayal ever."
Le Sex Shop
Fifth Forum
. . . By which Claude Berri
proves that it is indeed possible

who must choose between a revo-
lutionary commitment to causes
or follow the course of a career.
He falls in love instead and tries
to find the most degrading pob
possible. It is witty - and it's
a first for Ann Arbor.
Saturday night, Kanchenjungha
will display a fight for family
control among misty mountains
in Ray's first and finest color
film. A rich and authoritarian
father who forces his children
to marry against their wishes
"gets his" unexpectedly.
Charlata is a well - told story
of a wife's loneliness and a hus-
band's indifference. Filmed in
1964, it shows Ray at his dra-
matic best.
Bang the Drum Slowly
Surprising as it may seem,
Bang the Drum Slowly surpasses

A mtiter of perspective
The Open Theater, a highly acclaimed drama group noted for its
experimental techniques, opened last night at Trueblood. The
troupe, which is also conducting a two-day workshop with Uni-
versity students in improvisational acting, will perform their piece
entitled "The Mutations Show" tonight.
Music o Iran'
of Mideast to

personality that gives the film
its mystique.
Reefer Madness was made in
complete sincerity over 20 years
ago, and it stand the test of
time admirably. It is about "de-
linquent youth gone berserk" un-
der the influence of marijuana
"reefers." I personally went ber-
serk trying to sit through this hi-
larious picture without falling off
my chair.
Chiarley JVarrick
The problem with this picture
is its violently sick direction by
the self - proclaimed expert on
cinematic fascism, Don "Dirty
Ilrry" Siegel.
Siegel has turned what could
have been a promising Walter
Matthau vehicle of bank robbery-
mix-up into a slick and cheap,
fast moving action thriller.
Matthau struggles to cope with
the ridiculous situations Siegel
casts him in but just can't do it;
the circumstances are too sopho-
moric. Along with a friend, he
has robbed a bank of some un-
wanted Mafia money and the
plot works its way down from
If you like senseless violence,
phony blood and a miscast Wal-
ter Matthau, you'll probably see
this picture twice. I refuse to take
this kind of film seriously any-
Also ..*
UAC - Mediatrics presents The
French Connection in Nat. Sci.
Aud., Fri. and Sat. at 7 and 9.
New World Media features Cine-
ma Africa Fri. at 8, free in UGLI
Multipurpose Room.

brings mystique
Rackham Aud.

An extremely well planned and
performed program glittering
with the customs and music of
Persia, greeted those who were
able to make the Music of Iran
concert Wednesday evening in
Rackham Aud.
Sludging in from a day-long
downpour, one was greeted by a
stage decorated with colorful
Persian tapestries, tall, gold in-
cense burners and finely woven
prints - in short, all those arti-
facts which we in the West as-
sociate with the sensualities and
mystery of Persian culture.
The music, too, mirrored these
same qualities. Colorful and vital,
the musicians literally "wove"
their music around the musical
structure of the Dastgah, creating
an effect which was almost al-
ways vibrant, diverse and mys-
The Dastgah is the Persian
equivalent of our scale, the dif-
ference being in the use of semi-
tones or quarter-tones to create
a systent which is enharmonic in
nature. The enharmonic systems

always lend themselves to a more
lush, sensuous sound, which was
readily discernable in the music
One interesting feature of the
Dastgah is the Gushe. These are
short and long melodic pieces
within the structure of a Dastgah
upon which the musician impro-
vises. These Gushehs contribute
greatly to the mood of a piece.
The program itself presented
an excellent cross-section of Iran-
ian music and culture. Beginnang
with a solo piece on the Tar, a
six - stringed lute reminiscent of
the sitar, each instrument char-
acteristic of Iranian music was
presented either in turn or in
combination, with an instrument
previously presented.
The two most impressive per-
formances were an exhibition of
Persian rhythms (of which there
the thirty varieties) on the Zarb,
a drum with an unbelievable
sound repertoire, and a Dastgah
perforyned on the Santour.
The'Santour is a Dulcimer-like
instrument which when played
produces a beautiful, ringing

sound of pure tone color.
Singing is also an important
part of Persian music and this
was in evidence throughout thoe
second part of the concert. This
part of the program consisted of
a typical Iranian suite, where
onoe Gushe, played by a certain
combination of instruments and
voice, is followed directly by an-
other combination.
Her work revolving around a
popular piece of poetry, the sing-
er proceeded to improvise a pas-
sage making sure not to move
her body in any way, thus con-
veying emotion to the audience.
Such emotion is considered vul-
gar to the Iranian.
The accompanying instrument-
alist would then echo this pas-
sage, even as the singer is com-
pleting it. The technique gave a
fluidity and an ethereal quality
to the music which would seem
unmatched, except for the ragas
of India.
The evening was rounded out
with a captivating rendition of
Persian dance music. Rhythmic-

ally oriented, unlike the more
classical parts of the concert,
this magical music moved the au-
dience to clapping, finger snap-
ping and carrying on, stopping
just short of dancing in the aisles.
Hopefully, more fine examples
of Mid-Eastern culture can be
brought to us which are as con-
vincing, exciting and enjoyable.

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