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Friday, April 6, 1973

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Three

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The University of Michigan
School of Music Presents
Debussy's Exquisite Masterpiece
PELLEAS AND MELISANDE
opera in English
Josef Blatt, conductor
Ralph Herbert, stage director,
April 13, 14, 15 & 16, 8:00 p.m.
MENDELSSOHN THEATRE
All Tickets $2.50
Inforination 764-6118
Mail Orders: School of Music.
Opera, Mendelssohn Theatre, Uni-
versity of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
MI 48104. Enclose stamped, self-
addressed envelope.
Box office opens 12:30 p.m. April 9

Citizen Ka
Cinema Guild
Fri.
Pauline Kael has c,
zen Kane "the most+
sial one-man show in
tory." Staged by tv
year-old-writer-director
son Welles when he d
the life of William
Hearst, Kane is exhil
its exploitation of the
of movie - making for
effect. International p
tics voted it first a
greatest films of all t

ne

Mizoguchi Weekend

'Ugetsu' & 'Life of Oharu'
Cinema Guild
Sat. & Sun.
There are very few women
alled Citi- directors, and only one or two
controver- have ever made films about wo-
film his- men. But there have always
wenty-five- been women's directors: men
-star Or- who make pictures that . deal
ramatized primarily with women and their
Randolph lives. It is a star-studdedfield
in with Americans like George Cu-
arating in kor and Douglas Sirk and Euro-
mechanics peans like Marcel Carne and Ro-
theatrical berto Rossellini. The greatest of
oll of cri- them all is the Japanese director
mong the Kenji Mizoguchi. Not only are
the protagonists of his films wo-
ime. men, but the values that his
-STAFF films turn upon are those that
have traditionally been consid-
- ered women's values. Instead of
making exploitative films about
samurai and militarism, he
chose to make films about an
inner reality that transcends the
material. Nor are his films per-
udios versely intellectual. They are, as
and Jean-Luc Godard calls them,
"visions of a haunting and radi-

The year after Ugetsu was the
sensation of the Venice festival,
Mizoguchi died. Twenty years
later, Ugetsu was chosen one of
the ten best films of all time in
a poll of critics by the British
film journal Sight and Sound.
Since then, one by one, his films
have been trickling into the
Western world. Many are lost
forever, destroyed by American
"political censors" during the
Occupation of Japan, but two of
his most highly acclaimed fea-
tures are being shown at Cinema
Guild this weekend.
Saturday: Ugetsu alternately
titled Tales of the Silvery Moon-
light After the Rain. A ghost
story set in Japan's turbulent
Middle Ages. One of Mizoguchi's
last films, Robin Wood calls this
his "artistic testament".
Sunday: Life of Oharu. The
story of a woman who attains
enlightenment, not through asce-
ticism and denial, but by accept-
ing every human experience,
even prostitution and beggary.
Typical of his style, Mizoguchi
.. . .*.* . *.*.*. . . . . . .

Paisan
Cinema II
Sat.
In Open City (1946), Roberto
Rossellini founded the Neo-
Realist movement in one import-
ant stroke - a movement re-
sponsible not only for Rossellini's
work, but for. the early master-
works of Vittorio De Sica (Bi-
cycle Thief, Shoeshine) and Fed-
erico Fellini (La Strada, Nights
of Cabiria). Paisan (1947), Ros-
sellini's equally important sec-
ond feature, shares its predeces-
sor's preoccupation with every-
day Italian existence just as it
shares that film's conviction in
the worth and importance of any
human being's life.
Paisan is a collection of anec-
dotal episodes revolving around
the German retreat through Italy
during World War II. It is also
Federico Fellini's second film
job - here as script collobora-
tor with Rossellini. Look for the
4Fellini - influenced episode with

the American priests
marvelous final sequen
Po marshes.

and that
nce on the
-STAFF

You Only Live Once
Cinema II
Sun.
Like an earlier work, Fury,
Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once
is an intense, absorbing, and re-
lentless "pursued tragedy." It
is the story of two people born
under a dark star, born to
tragic destiny-a melodramatic
premise that achieves dramatic
stature through the eloquence of
Lang's direction.
Henry Fonda, as Eddie Tay-
lor, plays the three-time-loser
who is really not such a bad
sort. Leaving prison, he wants
no more of life than a job, a fam-
ily, and a home. But a hat with
the initials "E. T." is found at
the scene of a fatal bank rob-
bery, enough evidence to begin
the senseless and suspenseful
persecution, complete with a jail

break by Taylor.
The dismal rain at the bank
hold-up, the swirling fog during
the prison break, all combine to
lend the film a vague, Kafkaes-
que ambiance of confusion.
-B SHLAIN
Asylum
Friends of Newsreel
Fri. & Sat.
A film by Peter Robinson, tak-
ing us through two weeks in
Kingsley Hall, R. D. Laing's
London therapy center. The mo-
vie is in color and features an
initial appearance by Laing him-
self. Not reviewed at press time.
-STAFF
Inner Revolution
Friends of Newsreel
Fri. & Sat.
A new documentary by Arthur
Janov, author of The Primal
Scream and The Primal Revolu-
tion. The film depicts Janov's
psychological theories in prac-
tice. Added attraction: a video-
taped comment on the film by
Richard Kunnes, psychologist,
author of Your Money or Your
Life, and man who threw a rot-
ttomato at Hubert Humphrey.

caine dealer, and ignoring the
community off which he feeds.
To rectify that situation, and
lend a little credibility to the
story, Parks sho'ild have given
us the usual ending; when the
evil villain is caught. That way,
the audience can admire, ooh
and aah throughout the film, but
also realize that he's going to do
about 40 years in jail.
Ron O'Neal, as the Super Fly,
acted in an appropriately medi-
ocre manner, in keeping with the
other technical aspects of the
film. In testing for the part, the
Director must have reveled in
O'Neal's superior aura of dis-
gust, as he spit out "Nigger,"
"bust your black ass" and
"Sheeet." Those three idiomatic
expressions quite possibly mean
hello and good-bye, for they con-
stitute about 50 per cent of the
screenplay. The other 50 per
cent of the film was a tour of
New York City, courtesy of Sup-
er Fly's car and Parks' cameras.
How else can Parks stretch 20
minutes of plot into an hour and
three quarters, but by riding in
a car for a hour, over every New
York side street, listening to
Curtis-FMayfield?
-JEFF EPST1EIN

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HOW THE WEST
WAS CIVILIZED!
" THE TRUE FACTS!
0 THE STORY THE
OLD-TIMERS TOLD LATER!
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GENERATIONS MADE UP!
r BRUNOSTACY KEACt
(The Watch Bear) (Original Bad Bc
ALL ROLLED INTO TWO HOURS
OF PURE ENJOYMENT!
Enjoy It When You See It-Discuss It Afterwards If You Wish
IN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
2nd Weel
NO SHORTS
If'^ "JUDGE BEAT
PROMPTLY
this ; ,:. P.M.-3 P.N
story 5:05-7:05-9:
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"As Entertain
as 'Butch
Cassidy'',"
-_J.C
' New Y
Maga
"A WILD, WILD, ALL STAR EPIC. NEWMAN BRILLIANT!"
-James Bacon, L.A. Herald-Examine

cinema
weekend
.~...k........

Mondo Can
UAC-Mediatric
Sat.

Not reviewed at press.

time.
-STAFF
rye
es

a

ant beauty."
In 1953, when Ugetsu won the
Golden Lion at the Venice Film
Festival, it was the first Mizo-
guchi film to be distributed in
the Western world. And yet, iron-
ically enough, Kenji Mizoguchi
was not only one of the most pro-
lific Japanese directors, but the
most respected and popular Jap-
anese artist of his day. In a film
career that spanned 34 years, he
made over a hundred features,
ranging from A Paper Doll's
Whisper of Spring ( a film about
small businessmen in Tokyo)to
period films like Life of Oharu
to Red Light District (a film
about prostitution in contempor-
ary Japan). He began his career
as a painter and became the
greatest stylist of the Japanese
cinema. His extensive and revo-
lutionary use of the long take
and the moving camera as well
as his incredible sense of fluid
composition won him great criti-
cal acclaim. As the French cri-
tic Alexander Astruc wrote,
"Mizoguchi is mise en scene."
R.C.'S

planned the film for six ye,
and shot it in two weeks.
-MARY BARKE
Hell's Angels
Cinema II
Fri.
A showing of Hell's Angels
about as rare as an appearar
by its producer, Howard Hugh
Hughes undertook this vent
in 1930, with Howard Hawks
director. For the most part
an action film concerning Wo
War I. The angels are Brit
pilots who bomb the hell out
the Germans, destroying eN
one of their prized Zeppli
Down on the ground Jean H
low is on the make. With Hav
behind the film one can be
sured of a fairly exciting sht
With Hughes behind the filn
may never be seen again. T,
a chance on it.
-STAI
'Three

Mondo Cane was sensational
when it was released, what with
the scenes of natives stomping
religiously on cut glass, woman
dipped in paint and rolling an a
canvas, and the loose, crazed
bulls of Pamplona goring the
townspeople. A directionless mo-
vie, although its real message
may lie therein. At any rate, an
interesting failure as anthropolo-
gy and a not-so-interesting fail-
ure as a film.
-STAFF
Up the Sandbox
Michigan
Irvin Kershner's Up The Sand-
box offers a quasi-sensitive treat-
ment of the tried-old theme of
the frustrated American house-
wife. As mother of two and,
the wife of an up-and-coming
professor of political science at
Columbia, Barbra Striesand drifts
from her unsatisfying world of
kitchens and laundry rooms into
an absurd wish-fulfillment reverie
that finds her, among other plac-
es, in pressaconference with Cas-
tro and on an anthropological sa-
fari.
-G.J.S.
Super Fly
Fifth Forum
I have a real affinity for crime
and heist films, and certainly
Superfly fits that genre. With vi-
carious thrills, I have watched
hardened cons go over the wall
of the Big House or a team of
international jewel thieves ma-
neuver into position from the
ceiling of the grand museum.
Alas, even the most intricate -
capers, like the one in Top-
kapi, fall prey to unforeseen cir-
cumstance and in the end, the
forces of good win out. Just once,
I though it would be appropri-
ate to let Big Al escape from
Cell Block 5 without the warden
pinching him in the end.
Now, after seeing a film that
lets the hero/criminal get away
with it, I feel letdown. Super
Fly is the "coolest, hippest,
smoothest pusher man," and
watching him operate is divert-
ing, but he isn't worth any more
than other film baddies. Many
Responsible Black Citizens have
condemned Director G o r d o n
Parks, Jr. for glorifying the co-

The Wild Bunch
Fifth Forum
.. . This new film is the best
Western I can remember since
Brando's One-Eyed Jacks (1960).
"The time is around 1913, the
place is both sides of the. Texas-
Mexican border. The contrast
between the U.S. and Mexican
cultures is important to Peckin-
pak ...The 'bunch' of tthe title
is a robber gang led by William
Holden; the plot includes two
railroad robberies, flight into
Mexico, conflicts with a crooked
Mexican general and with Villa's
men. From John Ford, Peckinpah
has acquired, along with other
things, a passion for accurate and
revealing Americans, used dra-
matically .
-STANLEY KAUFFMANN
July 19, 1%9
And Yet Another
Week Of.. .
The Life and Times of Judge
Roy Bean-State-,
Cries and Whispers-Campus--
The Godfather - Wayside -
Not to Mention .. .
Jeremiah Johnson-Fox Village
Robert Redford stars as a trap-
per living by 'himself in the
Rockies 150 years ago. Not re-
viewed at press time.

Jean Harlow is 'on the make' in 'Hell's Angels' this weekend.

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By ALVIN CHARLES KATZ
The latest production of the
Residential College Players,
Chekhov's The Three Sisters,
opened Wednesday night at the
East Quad Auditorium. The pro-
duction is much like an uncut
diamond; while basically quite
dull, it shines occassionally when

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presents THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
ORSON WELLES'
CITIZEN KANE
The life and death of a great American newspaper magnate-a man with
almost everything a person could want. Told with all the power, awesome-
ness, and exuberance that film is capable of. Starring Welles, George
Colorus, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Dorothy Comingore.
FRIDAY, April 6
THIS WEEKEND: UGETSU LIFE OF OHARU
7 & 9:05 ARCHITECTURE AUDITORIUM $1.00

caught from the right angle.
One of Anton Chekhov's best
known works, the play abounds
with petty selfishness and tri-
angular love affairs. The plot is
concerned with a brother, An-
drei Pozorov, his wife Natalya,
and his three sisters, Olga,
Masha, and Irma. The s t o r y
follows their lives from the time
of Andrei's marriage, as Na-
talya proceeds to gradually evict
the entire family from t h e i r
own house. The remainer of the
complex plot involves a com-
pany of military men stationed
in the small Provincial town in
Russia where the action takes
place, and the interweaving of
their lives with those of the Poz-
orov family.
The Residential College Play-
ers production had many bright
spots and a good deal to recom-
mend itself, as well as some glar-
ing weaknesses. Performances
ranged from excellent to heinous,
with the emphasis happily on
the former.-
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In supporting roles, Peter
Stroh gave a likable although
somewhat overstated perform-
ance as a high school teacher;
Richard Sale was also quite good
in his role of an Army Colonel.
Cal Vornberger and Scott Cum-
mings were both rather bland
in their respective roles of An-
drei and a lieutenant. Burr An-
derson, portraying an aging doc-
tor, failed to convey any sense of
age, and rendered a gross cari-
cature that came off as some-
where in between George Ber-
nard Shaw and W. C. Fields. Bob
Rose distinguished himself with
the show's most offensive per-
formance, cackling and guffaw-
ing his way through the role of
an old messenger and clearly try-
ing to make much more of "he
part than Chekhov ever intend-
ed.
As the three sisters, Pamela
Seamon, Adele Ahronheim, and
Abbe Hurwitz were all excellent.
In the role of the oldest sister,
Ms. Seamon correctly conveyed
the impression that she always
had a splitting headache; As the
middle sister, Ms. Ahronheim
was nicely haughty, capturing
the spirit of the role. As the
youngest sister, Abbe Hurwitz dis-
played fine control, and did some
very good dramatic acting. The
three worked wet ltogether, de-
livering performances which bal-
anced one another quite effec-
tively.
Notably absent was evidence of
Doug Sprigg's direction. Through-
out the play, characters jump-
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Uneven
ed suddenly from one emotional
level to a very different one with
no buildup or decrescendo, creat-
ing a very contrived, theatrical.
effect. The pace throughout was
too slow (although some of that
fault is the fault of the play
itself), and the fourth act was
milked for all it was worth and
then squeezed some more; in
fact, it was so overworked that
there was very little about it that
could be called dramatic.

The current production of
Three Sisters is certainly
bad. It features some fine

The
not
per-

formances, attractive sets, and
while its general consumption
value is of some doubt, it should
be more than sufficient to satis-
fy most drama fans' hunger for
Chekhov.

CULTURE CALEIMTAR
DRAMA-The RC Players present Chekhov's The Three
Sisters tonight at 8. UAC-Musket presents West Side
Story tonight at the Power center at 8. And the GilberUi
and Sullivan Society presents Princess Ida at Lydia Men-
delssohn at 8.
DANCE-The Dance Dept. presents a Mini-concert at Bar-
bour Gym tonight at 8.
MUSIC-The London Symphony Orchestra performs tonight
at Hill at 8:30.
WEEKEND BARS AND MUSIC-The Ark, Biff Rose (Fri., Sat.,
Sun.), admission; Rive Gauche, Betsy Beckerman (Fri.)
admission; Blind Pig, Boogie Woogie Red (Fri., Sat.)
cover; Pretzel Bell, RFD Boys (Fri., Sat.) cover; Rubaiyat,
Iris Bell Adventure (Fri., Sat., Sun.) no cover; Bimbo's,
Gaslighters, (Fri., Sat., Sun.) cover; Del Rio, Jazz (Sun.)
no cover; Golden Falcon, Fifth Revelation (Fri., Sat.)
cover; Mr. Flood's Party, Diesel Smoke and Dangerous
Curves (Fri., Sat., Sun. at 3 p.m.) cover; Bimbo's on the
Hill, Long Spur (Fri., Sat.) cover.

tonight
6:00 2 4 7 News
9 Courtship of Eddie's Father
20 Ozzie and Harriet
50 Flintstones
56 Operation Second Chance
6:30 2 CBS News
4 NBCNews
7 ABC News
9 I Dream of Jeannie
50 Gillilgan's Island
56 Bridge with Jean Cox
7:00 2 Truth or Consequences
4 News
7 To Tell the Truth
9 Beverly Hillbillies
50 I Love Lucy
56 world Press
7:30 2 What's My Line?
4 Hollywood Squares
7 Wait Till Your Father
Gets Home
9 Lassie
56 Wall Street Week
50 Hogan's Heroes
8:00 2 Pass It On
4 Sanford and Son
7 Brady Bunch
56 Washington Week in Review
50 Dragnet
8:30 4 Little. People
7 Partridge Family
9 Woods and Wheels
50 Merv Griffin
9:00 2 Movie
4 Circle of Fear
7 Room 222
9 News
9:30 7 Odd Couple
9 sports Scene
56 Performance: Jazz
10:00 4 Bobby Darn
7 Love, American Style
9 Tommy Hunter
50 Perry Mason
56 Toy That Grew Up
11:00 2 4 7 News
9 One Step Beyond
11:20 9 News
11:30 2 Movie
"The Nutty Professor" (1963)
4 Johnny Carson
7 Jack Paar Tonite
50 Movie
"White Heat" (1949)
12:00 9 Movie
1:00 4 Midnight Special
7 Movie
1:30 2 Movie
"Ring of Terror"
9 Movie
"Saps at Sea"
2:30 4 News
9 Wrestling
3:00 2 TV High School
7 News
3:30 2 News
wcbn
89.5 fm

TONIGHT -
contact the frontiers of psychiatry
THROUGH TWO NEW FILMS

R. D. Laing
author of The Politics of Experience/Bird of Paradise;
The Divided Self; Sanity, Madness and the Family;
Reason and Violence.
g ASYLUM 1972 color
Laing's therapeutic commune in London-"This is the
only film that shows how we work to help people who
feel that society is trying to destroy them."

Arthur Janov
author of

The Primal Scream

The Primal Revolution

Inner Revolution
1972
The primal therapy of a 35-year-old college teacher,
his actual daily sessions with Dr. Janov, with music by
John Lennon.

-- -- "'--9:b4"Morning After Show
12:00 Progressive Rock
4:00 Folk
7:30 Talkback
8:00 Rhythm and Blues
11:00 Oldies
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