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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, September 7, 102

Page Ten THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, September 7, 1972

more
groovy films

(Continued from Page 3)
"All power to the people!" Now
it's not everywhere you can get
that and a movie too.
CINEMA II: Way back around
World War I, or so I was told in
a history course, some statesman,
in a lapse of statesmanship, called
Turkey the "sick man of Eu-
rope." To borrow that sobriquet,
the "sick man" of campus film
societies is Cinema II, operating
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
out of Auditorium A. This isn't
merely a personal judgment,
since the society, having fallen
over the artistic edge a few
years ago, is now teetering on
the edge of financial collapse
as well. Why? Perhaps because
it has been sploshing around try-
ing to find its niche in Ann Ar-
bor's film community and has
yet to find it. There is room for
another society on campus, one
which can take some of the
burden off the Guild by showing
recent, mainly foreign, films that
don't get a screening in the com-
mercial houses; but Cinema II's
board has moved instead for a
hybrid schedule of relatively new
bad and worse movies, an occa-
sional Bergman, and some jazz
documentaries. V e r y exciting
stuff. So the patrons stay away
and ship sinks. Such is the way
of capitalism. -
ANN ARBOR FILM COOP-
ERATIVE: Along with the now-
defunct Orson Welles Film So-
ciety (the Welles organization
was closed down for various
crimes against humanity), the
Coop is the group that really
put a dent into Cinema II's au-
dience, though I'm told that
they aren't in the best of finan-
cial health either. Who is these
days? The Coop, like Cinema II,
uses Auditorium A which, with
its 35 mm projectors, is prob-
ably the best facility on cam-
pus. Again, like Cinema II, its
schedule leaves much to be de-
sired from an aesthetic stand-
point, being constituted mainly
of movies that everybody likes
best (damning praise) - Mid-
night Cowboy, Women in Love,
Yellow Submarine, Wait Until
Dark. You get the idea. But un-
like Cinema II, there is a meth-
od to the Coop's mediocrity: the
purpose of the group is to
raise money for film projects in
Ann Arbor, so the film-showing
is secondary to the Coop's real
activities. The more money they
collect in admissions, the more
projects they can fund.
Up to this point I've been de-
scribing places for kids-places
where the admission is cheap,
the decor shabby, the company
fellow freaks. But every Fri-
day and Saturday night, by
some mysterious spontaneous
generation,. a whole different
group of people materializes on
our streets. The girls, luscious
bon bons, wear nylons, and lit-
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tle, neatly pressed print dresses,
and buffed shoes, and ribbons
in their long hair, and golden
tans on their hides, and dashes
of perfume behind their ears.
Perfume ! Their dates wear
crisp slacks with combs stuck in.
the back pocket, and sweaters,
and not-too-long hairdos, and
wing-top shoes, and they drive
shiny Chevys and Mustangs.
These folks don't go to the
Guild or the Conspiracy or
Cinema II or even the -Coop.
No, every weekend they pop out
of fraternities and sororities
and bathtubs and shower stalls
to hit the commercial theaters.
And then they pop right back
and we don't see them again for
another week.: Amazing.
Of the local commercial thea-
ters these dry-cleaned people
frequent, t h e most simpatico
(because it too is dry cleaned)e
is the National General Cor-
poration's Fox Village out at
the Maple Village Shopping
Center. The Village, a typically
suburban theater of the kind
that's replaced the old Roxy,
has a modern, spacious interior,
cushioney seats, a gargantuan
screen, an exceptional sound
system, and it usually features
blockbuster films; The Gradu-
ate, 2001, M*A*S*H, Woodstock,
Patton and, more recently, The
French Connection and Cabaret
all opened there. Alas, if you
don't have a car, the trek out
may take you over forty-five
minutes; but every so often,
regardless of the feature, it's
almost worth the walk-like by-
passing Pizza Bob's and going
to a fancy restaurant for the
atmosphere, not the food. (The
pull of civilization) Another
faraway moviehouse where you
feel obliged to obey the admoni-
tion on the pop machine-DO
NOT TAKE DRINKS INTO
THE THEATER-is the Butter-
field chain's Wayside in Ypsi-
lanti. There's the same plas-
tic-palace interior, the same
huge screen, the plump seats,
but unless you like Disney and
Grade-Z Westerns, the films
here probably won't interest
you; even the pull of civiliza-
tion has its limits.
If, as is likely, your taste
runs more to the nostalgic, to
the dark, old-fashioned, moldy,
neighborhood cavern with a big
marquee jutting out front
bright as a circus calliope, Ann
Arbor has the in-town Butter-
field theaters. Rabid school
boosters will be happy to know
that the chain is part University
Ann Arbor
Dance Theatre
is an
organization of people
interested in all phases
of dance production:
concerts
'workshops
classes
studio performances
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owned; that way you know
your dollars are going to a good
cause, I guess. At any rate the
admission prices aren't nearly
as outrageous as tuition, and
the atmosphere, as I've said, is
comfy. The State Theater, one
of the first sights many Ann
Arbor visitors see, has a yum-
my floor, perpetually sticky, and
a stale odor from ghosts of
crushed popcorn boxes splotch-
ed with butter. Moreover, in
some odd, campy way, the man-
agement - no doubt uninten-
tionally - plays off the State's
tarnished venerability by show-
ing "youth" pictures like Easy
Rider, Alice's Resturant, 200
Motels, when they aren't show-
ing common commercial drek
like Skyjacked, Nicholas and
Alexandra, The Great White
Hope.
The Campus Theater, on
South University, is more low-
slung and fiftiesish, which is in
keeping with its programming;
this is the "art" house of the
Butterfields, the place where
foreign films, soft-core porn,
and rerun double - bills are
screened. (Another feature of
the Campus is its recorded mes-
sage by theater manager Lois
Granberg; she imparts "Thaaa-
aaank you for calling," with a
kind of musical, Chinese into-
nation.) But the Big Bertha of

the Butterfields, Ann Arbor's
home to Catch 22, Love Story,
and The Godfather, is the
Michigan, just down Liberty
from the State. The Michigan is
more like the State than the
Campus, old and ornate, only
on a larger scale-more gilt,
classier balustrades, a bigger
lobby. It is also, with the State,
one of two theaters in town
where, on a Saturday afternoon,
you can be pelted with candy
from the balcony. Sweet memo-
ries!
There is, finally, Ann Arbor's
independent, Ma and Pa com-
mercial theater, the Fifth For-
um, tucked away on Fifth Ave-
nue like a miniature on a shelf.
The Forum at ope time had the
reputation of being a semi-art
house, with an aluminium sculp-
ture in the lobby, two modern
wood-cuts flanking the doors,
and a tiny coffee lounge. The
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that reputation because it's been
juggling the art with soft-core
porn; nevertheless it still looks
like an art house, small and
cozy, and that's some conso-
lation if you pine occasionally
for New York's Second Avenue.
A word of warning, however:
it's become a joke that some of
the Forum's seat cushions are
broken and slide downward.
Contortionists won't have any
trouble; normal people will.
Good luck and happy movie-
going.

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