THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Opening night features mix
of unusual, innovative films
By JIM HYNES
Despite some confusion over tickets, the
Twelfth Ann Arbor Film Festival got off to
a good start Tuesday night, as people filled
the Architecture Auditorium for three dif-
ferent showings of independent films. 17
films, varying in length from four to 83
~....~ .minutes, were shown from 7 until 12:45.
In keeping with the Festival goal of en-
' couraging "the work of the independent di-
rector" and promoting "the concept of the
film as art," all the films were unusual and
Several were very good ; a few were mo-
notorous and unintelligible; all were am-
The 7 and 9 o'clock showings both opened
with Patasourus, a clever mix of film and
theater. The highlights of the 7 o'clock
showing were Pilgrims, a funny film by Pet-
er Hoffman about a conversation at a truck
stop; Enjoy Yourself, It's Later Than You
Think, a humorous documentary about a
senior citizens' picnic in Chicago by Tom
Palazzolo, Bernie Caputo, and Jeff Kreines;
and Moon's Pool by Gunvor Nelson and
Heavy Light by Adam Beckett, two dazzling.
Daily Photo by PAULINE LUBENS studies in visual effects.
Another documentary was shown later in
-enuhi on violin the evening: The Vanguard Story, a hilar-
Yehudi Menuhin performs on violin last night in a concert sponsored by the Musical Society at Hill ious account of America's first attempt to
Auditorium. Menuhin appeared with his sister, Hephzibah Menuhin (not pictured), who played piano. put a satellite in orbit.
Pied Piper pipes in Pim burg
Three animated shorts were shown:
Steve Lisburger and Eric Ladd's Cosmic
Cartoon, a visually interesting work; Eva-
sion Expresse, a French cartoon that
amounted to a sick joke: and S. Alex Kon-
dak's philosophical Hubris.
The ne feature-length film shown Tues-
day was Snapshots, the ultimate in direc-
tetorial self-indulgence. The film was about
the making of the film and the effect of
the making of the film on the director, cast,
It is difficult to say that it is a good film,
for it lacks any semblance of continuity or
polish. Indeed, the producer of the film
says at one point: "Afternseeing the rushes,
I began to wonder what the fuck this film
Yet Snapshots is one of the most dis-
turbing and thought-provoking films that
this reviewer has ever seen.
The film is continually fascinating, like a
snake that is eating itself. It raises some
disturbing questions about the nature of
cinema, questions concerning objectivity
and subjectivity in film.
To what degree is it possible for a film
to be completely truthful in recording a
Snapshots is a very difficult film to ana-
lyze. I'm still not sure if it's the worst film
I've ever seen or one of the best.
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By JODY JOSEPH
El Retablo del Flautista is a
musical comedy with a strong
dose of Brechtian epic theatre.
Like Brecht, the playwright Jor-
di Teixidor borrows his plot from
an old fable, this time, the Pied
Piper of Hamlin.
Teixidor somehow manages to
take from this parable what-
ever suits his political purposes
and places these elements in the
service of a special cause.
In the Spanish department's
production of Flautista, present-
ed in the Trueblood Theatre on
Tuesday and Wednesday eve-
nings, the lovely city of Pim-
burg, Germany, is victimized by
a terible plague of "ratas" (non-
Spanish speakers, just take a
guess at what that means).
The action of the play then
describes the intolerable condi-
tions, the townsfolks' collective
indignation and the inaction of
the proper authorities.
Finally, when these "ratas" be-
gin to infest the very homes of
the privileged, a military-govern-
complex finally bands together,
as usual, to arive at a plan of
minimal effectiveness and maxi-
Following in the tradition of
Brecht, this is a political play
is, the production is filled with
without social realism. That
theatrical affectations in costum-
ing, farcical song and dance
numbers, and set designs.
Of course, the traditional con-
tinuities of time, space and ac-
tion are flaunted irreverently --
this is not the "slice of life'
,approach of earlier theater. Th2
final aim is to reveal truth by
making reality appear strange.
El RetabloFlautista was ori-
ginally performed in Barcelona.
Spain, to a highly appreciative
audience. Many of tile staging
techniques incorporated into the
play at this time were developed
by Teixidor's own company,
Grupo de Teatro Popular.
This company was organized
as a kind populist movement in
theater and many of Teixidor's
plays have toured the rural areas
of Spain as well as poor sec-
tions of the cities.
The acting and directing of
the Ann Arbor production a p -
Although a few missed cues be-
trayed the actors as students in
an amateur production, t h e s e
weren't enough to detract from
the overall performance. Not
only was the production educ-
tional - it was also wildly enter-
The costumes and the set de-
Big rock concerts are going to
be hit hard by the energy short-
age. Shelly Finkel, the promoter
of the Watkins Glen Festival re-
ports that the fuel crisis will be
a major factor in any festival he
sponsors next year.
Finkel says that gasless Sun-
days are going to cause severe
troubles for all concert promot-
ers, and they will either confine
their festivals to Saturdays, or
extend them to three-day events,
concluding on Mondays.
for total campus
-650 AM -
The Rock of Ann Arbor
sign helped to create an atmos-
phere of farcial unreality, but
it's this farcicial presentation
which points up the final evils of
political oppression - which is
what the play is really all about.
If you're an aspiring revolu-
tionary, then, and know some
Spanish, Flautista speaks direct-
ly to you.
In an interview with Britain's
Melody Maker Magazine, J o h n
Lennon was asked about a pos-
sible Beatle reunion. John re-
plied, "I think we're closer now
than we've been for a long time.
As far as I can gather from
talking to the group, nobody
would mind doing some work to-
gether again." Lennon adaed
that there are no specific plans
for a reuniting of the Beatles
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became a legend. '
Peking goes softer
on bourgeois' music
PEKING - A leading Chinese
newspaper today warned that
Western Classical music could
exert a harmful influence on
China's cultural development.
But at the same time the in-
tellectual Guangming Daily ex-
pressed qualified approval for
the works of Beethoven.
The paper however took a
more moderate line than pre-
vious attacks on Western classi-
cal music in the Chinese press,
which included a claim that
Mozart was inferior to modern
Chinese ballet music.
While today's article maintain-
ed the ideological viewpoint of
previous criticism that Western
music generally reflects the
"bourgeois" nature of its com-
posers, observers believe it could
indicate a desire to correct the
impression that anti-foreign feel-
ings were emerging here.
The paper praised Beethoven's
Fifth Symphony as "A reflec-
tion of the spirit of resistance of
the newly emerging bourgeoisie
seeking liberation from feudal-
It added: "We always give
sufficient approval to Beethoven
and to the progressive signifi-
cance of his musical creations in
Bach was cited as proof that
all music reflects the social con-
ditions of a given time through
the minds of composer from a
It said the prominence of re-
ligious themes in Bach's work
reflected his own religious out-
look and the importance of re-
ligion in "backyard and feudal
18th century Germany."
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