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I nursday, April 19, 1973

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Pal' Three

Thu rsdcy, April 19, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Pc!ge Three
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'Siege...
By RICHARD GLATZER erful int
Few American political admin- stitutions
istrations have relished criticism attacked
of their practices, and our pre- Greek g
sent leaders are hardly excep. Then, in
tions to the rule. Indeed, Mr. Nix- took ont
on is quite intent on stifling med- now fina
ia criticism: Shirley Maclaine our own
has recently brought attention to others s
a bill the Administration h a s shock.
proposed that she feels is design- Costa-
ed to silence free expression. lv, run u
Government censorship of art problem
that criticizes American policies while di
is a very real possibility. carefully
Constantin Costa-Gavres' latest allegianc
film, State of Siege, is certainly tical ide
highly critical of our leaders' pol- America
itics. Costa-Gavras is no new- ards the
comer to this sort of thing. or theS
Siege is the third in a series of to take
politically-minded films lament- also avo
ing the oppressive tactics of pow- hard lint

Censorsh

ernational figures and in-
s. The director . f i r s t
the present Facist
government in Z (1969).
The Confession (1971, he'
the U.S.S.R. That he has
ally turned his guns on
American oppression of
hould hardly come as a
Gavras has, until recent-
up against few censorship
s. Z and The Confession,
istinctly liberal in tone,
y avoid any underlying
ce with any strict poli-
eologies, so only t h o s e
ans who feel kindly tow-
administration of Greece
Soviet Union had reason
offense. State of Siege
ids identification w i t h
.e politics, yet the coun-

NEW WORLD

FILM COOP

"Majestic Photography"
-Fifth Estate
2 SHOWS DAILY
7:20 & 9:30
76.1-9700

OU' profs to stage
Java puppet show

2 Matinees Daily
1:00 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.
e
All Seats_

By LORRE WEIDLICH
By now, anyone at all. inter-
ested in music will have discov-
ered the Gamelan, the Indone-
sian orchestra conducted by Prof.
Judy Becker. Those of us around
last summer will remember a
mellow afternoon' on the lawn
by the music school listening to
the sounds of gongs and the re-
hab.

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PARAMOUNTPICTURES PscT A iLMBY
Franco e:FIreUA
HIS FIRST FILM SINCE "ROMEO & JULIET"
"BrOTHer SUn
sisTer Moon"

Tonight, at 7:30 p.m. in Rack-
ham Auditorium, the Gamelan,
with the assistance of Ms. Beck-
er's husband, Prof. Alton Becker
of the linguistics department,
will offer a special free treat -
the Wayang Kulit, the Javanese
shadow puppet theatre.
The performance will be slight-
ly modified from traditional In-
donesian style in that it will last
only three to four hours instead
* of all night, but the atmosphere
will be the same: Perforniers
are hoping the audience, like In-

donesian audiences, will 'feel
free to come and go as they
please.
The puppets themselves are
hand-made, intricate devices of
leather, shaped according to
conventions developed through
long years of tradition - t h e
shapes of noses, for example,
will indicate whether a puppet
is the hero or a villan, a priest
or a ruler. They are delicately
painted, and Indonesian aud-
iences walk freely from the front
to the back of the stage to see
both the shadows cast on the
screen and the puppets them-
selves as they are manipulated
by the puppeteer. The complete
set of puppets numbers about
400, but Michigan owns only
about 200, approximately 25 of
which will be used tonight.
Tonight's drama, like most (f
the puppet dramas, is based on
See JAVANESE, Page 7

try criticized this 'time is our
own. One would expect some Es-
tablishment hostility towards the
film at the very least.
To us paranoids, the recent con-
troversy over State of Siege
might seem to be the first sign
of that hostility. The film was
scheduled to be shown two weeks
ago at the premiere festival of
the American Film Institute's
new Kennedy Theatre in Wash-
ington, D.C. Just as the time of
the theatre's opening drew near,
however, George Stevens Jr., di-
rector of the Institute, requested
that the film be withdrawn from
the festival.
Much has been made of Stev-
ens' actions. Donald Rugoff, the
head of Cinema 5 (Siege's dis-
tributing company) angrily with-
drew other Cinema 5 films that
were to have been shown. Rugoff
then alleged that the A.F.I. was
practising censorship.
Clearly, Stevens' first inviting
Costa-Gavras to show Siege and
then withdrawing his invitation is
rudeness of the first order. M.
Costa-Gavras has every right
to be quite offended. Whether
Stevens was trying to keep t h e
American public from seeing the
film, however, is another matter
entirely. State of Siege opened
commercialy 13 days ago at a
Washington twin theatre and has
since had its New York debut.
Indeed, the publicity given the
entire incident has drawn larg-
er audiences to the film than
might have been interested other-
wise. In the seven days prior to
Siege's U.S. premiere run, the
two Outer Circle Theatres gross-
ed $9500. The film's first four
days play at these same theatres
has, according to Variety, brought
in a "socko" $26,000. That maga-
zine quite aptly summarized the,
entire A.F.I. censorship affair as,
"a great break for the film and
Don Rugoff's Cinema 5."
And you can be sure Rugoff
and Associates are ready and
able to take advantage of their
"great break." Which brings me
to how I managed to See State
of Siege. Mr. Rugoff and asso-
ciates very graciously arranged
for my transportation and hotel
so that I might attend a New
York preview of the film. Not
that I am in any way special -
approximately 100 University re-
viewers were invited to the
screening, some from as far
away as Berkeley, all fromaestab-
lished, liberal colleges that will
most likely supply a large part
of Siege's audience.
The New York preview was as
exciting and .glittery as one
would expect a New York preview
to be. Servants dressed in black
and white served coffee and Dan-
ish. A flamboyantlycostumed
crowd, peopled by New York
poets and personalities (and here
For today's TV listings, see Page ?.

I*pof
and there a self-conscious college
student) mingled before the film.
Everyone was very attentive dar-
ing the movie. Afterwards, peo-
ple applauded for minutes on
end.
The more enthusiastic inem-
bers of the audience (or were
they merely the more demon-
strative members?) shouted
bravos. N.B.C.'s cameras wnir-
red. Even a French TV crew
was on hand to film the proceed-
ings.
A panel discussion of the film
followed, peopled by such cete-

art.
simply refrained from further
commenting.
All too often I had the sense
that these people, celebrities and
audience alike, were simply there
to grind their respective axes
without caring very much about
the film or its makers (who,
for the most played an inappro-
priately minor role in the dis-
cussion.).
Three instances of egotism that
I remember off hand: one dis-
gustingly pretentious spectator
lectured Costo-Gavras on how he
should reject narrative cinema

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"BEST FEATURE FILM
OF THE YEAR:ti
Vincent Canby, New York Times

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A SERGE S L8ERMAN
PROOUCTION
A film by
Luis Bunuel
"THI E DISCREET
CHARM OF THE
BOURGEOISIE"
iCOLOR.

"One of the funniest
pictures ever mde."
-Stuart Byron,
Rolling Stone
WINNER--
ACADEMY
AWARD
BEST
Foreign

AN EASTER VIGIL AND 0
FESTIVAL EUCHARIST '
will becelebrated at
ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH
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brities as Costa-Gavras, Franco
Solinas (Siege's scriptwriter),
Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Jose Yg-
lesias, Allard Lowenstein, and
Nat Hentoff.
The discussion was interesting,
to be sure, though it added more
to the razzle-dazzle excitement
of the evening than it did to
my understanding of the film.
The audience was as inflara-
mable as ever: Costa-Gavras and
Solinas received bravos and loud
applause. Schlesinger f o u n d
himself the sole defender of
Democracy and John Kennedy in
an audience as radically chic as
it could be, and accepted his pos-
ition quite bad-naturedly. When
he'd had enough of all the aud-
ience's hissing and hooting, he

and make truly revolutionary,
Godardian film. Later (after Cos-
ta-Gavras had left), Mr. Yglesias
insisted the director - as ideol-
ogy-freea man as I can think
of - was actually a Marxist.
And Arthur Schlesinger actually
cursedNat Hentoff for attempt-
ing to interrupt him in mid-sent-
ence. It was all ultimately just a
bit silly.
In retrospect, the entire affair
seems typical of the publicity
and promotional hype given to
certain recent controversial films.
All the hoopla does bring the
people in, but it just as frequent-
ly misleads them as to the na-
ture of what they are about to
see. State of Siege is an import-
See STATE, Page 7

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FILM-Cinema Guild shows Bunuel's Belle de Jour tonight
in Arch. Aud. at 7, 9:05; New World Film Co-op presents
I Am Curious (Blue) tonight at 7:30, 9:30 at MLB; AA
Film Co-op shows Stuart's Willy Wonka and the Choco-
late Factory tonight in Aud. A, Angell at 7, 9; Rugby
Benefit Film -shows Them tonight at Nat. Sci. Aud. at
7, 9.
DANCE-Dance Dept. presents Trek, indoor-outdoor dance
theatre at East Quad tonight at 7.
POETRY-Larry Goldstein gives a poetry reading tonight at
the Pyramid Gallery at 7:30.
MUSIC-Music school presents Claudia Edward on organ
today at 4:30 in organ studio 2110, School of Music; U
Philharmonic and Chamber Choir presents New Music
for Orchestra and Choir at Hill tonight at 8; Music
School presents Gamelan tonight at Rackham Aud. at
7:30; Kenneth Miller gives a cello recital tonight at 8 in
the School of Music Recital Hall.

NEW WORLD MEDIA
-presents-
the FIRST U.S. CUBAN
FILM FESTIVAL
-featuring-
MEMORIES OF
UNDERDEVELOPMENT
directed by
TOMAS ALEA
A study of the difficulties a
m iddle class intellectual 'has
adjusting to the new revolu-
tionary society,
RECENTLY SEIZED AT
THE 1972 CUBAN FILM
f >< aFESTIVAL ATTEMPTED
* |BY AMERICAN DOCU-
MENTARY FILMS.
Gold Prize 1971 Moscow Film Festival.
International Federation of Film Critics Award.
WHY MONCADA? dir. Sergio Martinez-ALSO--BRIGADA DE VENCEREMOS (1970)

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"It was a fabulous time, one of those rare, magical
moments of history when cynics are transformed
into romantics and romantics into fanatics, and
everything seems possible For the Cubans, and
for much of the - on-looking world, Fidel Castro
seemed a modern incarnation of the legendary
savior-hero, a bearded Parsifal who had brought
miraculous deliverance to an ailing Cuba."
-Lee Lockwood

The story of the Venceremos Brigade, young
Americans who went to Cuba in 1970 to help
harvest the 10 million ton zafra.
"Everywhere along the harbor, people stood
watching us come in. The Cubans were smiling,
waving and giving us the clenched-fist symbol of
revolutionary solidarity. We had arrived; revolu-
tionary Cuba, a dream in progress in the western
hemisphere. We were ecstatic."
-Glenda Cimino

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