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Thursday, October, 19, 1972


Page Three

Thursday, October 19, 1972 rHE MKHIGAN DAILY

04 sq208 W. Huron

Beatles film:

The Beatles: Away With Words
is a rip-off.
Its promoters claim that "it is
a multi-media presentation." Lit-
erally I suppose this is true, but
it might more prosaically be de-
scribed as a movie with strobe
lights running for about two
minutes. Even the strobe lights
are disappointing, since they're
merely flashed obnoxiously at
the audience instead of being di-
rected at moving bodies, as

they're u s u a i1 y employed.
Watching them flash is about as
enjoyable as having several
flashcubes go off in front of you.
The "presentation" is adver-
tised as featuring "360 degree
sound." This seems to imply
that the sound is at least quad-
rophonic. From my seat, it didn't
even sound like 360 degree
sound. All the music I heard
seemed to be coming from one
direction, and the only speakers
I saw were in front of two-thirds
of the audience. I guess you

Directed by JAN KADAR and ELMAR KLOS
. . Totally without pretension, with two great
performers creating unforgettable portraits, it stands
a sone of the fine films of our time, for all time."'
8 P.M. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22
at Hillel, 1429 Hill

I Ittetti . . .brilliant!

Ernesto Bitetti, Classical Guitar
Tuesday, October 17, Rackham Au-
ditorium Guitar Series of the Uni-
versity Musical Society; Sanz, Span-
ish Suite; J. S. Bach, Suite No. 1 for,.
Cello; Sor, Variations on a Theme by
Mozart; Torroba, Sonatina; Grana-
dos, Danza No. 5; Albeniz, Leyenda;
Villa-Lob os, Study No. 11; Brouwer,
Elogio de la Danza.
The guitar's status and reper-
toire have suffered. for many
years due to a multitude of hacks
who have reduced it to little
more than a nightclub prostitute.
Ernesto Bitetti's performance
Tuesday night, however, remind-
ed us of the guitar's rightful no-
The program consisted of a
wide variety of selections from
the 17th through 20th centuries,
including Baroque and classical
styles, avant-garde contempor-
ary, and several Spanish folk
dances in traditional and modern
idioms. Unfortunately, the domi-
nance of Spanish works made
the program a bit lopsided.
Many of the selections were
plagued by imprecise tuning and
an overemphasis on certain mu-
sical lines, thus obscuring other



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The three Baroque and clas-
sical selections of the first half
of the program were specially
arranged for the guitar. Bitetti's
interpretation of them was ex-
quisite. There were gay Eliza-
methan galliards, stately French
pavanes, and vigorous flamen-
co strums in the Spanish Suite
as opposed to the flowing melo-
dies and embellishments of the
Bach Cello Suite. The Sor work
was fascinating being a Roman-
tic composer's treatment of a
classical work. The product
was a fusion of the two styles
into a work of rich chordal pro-
gressions. What should be em-
phasized is the importance of
using just the right amount of
dynamic and tonal interpretation
in these early works. Too much
will be artificial and schmaltzy
and too little will be boring and
lifeless. Bitetti for the most part
kept a judicious balance between
the two even beyond the demand-
ing technical work.
The second half's five selec-
tions (and two encores) were all
basically Spanish-styled dances.
Sonatina and Danza No. 5 were
far more substantial from a
compositional viewpoint than
were the others and, for that
matter, most works written for
guitar. Leyenda and Study No.
11 contrasted sharply with the
two preceding works. Not only
were they structurally and ex-
pressively inferior works present
in any guitar student's reper-
toire, but Bitetti's performance
of them was atrocious! He ruin-
ed many lyrical parts by rush-
ing or dragging the tempo,' and
his tendency to over-emphasize
certain parts was worse than
ever. The lack of preparation of
these selections was apparent
in the sloppy tremolos and ar-
peggios. After a rather non-
descript atonal work, Bitetti
made sure that no one walked
out disappointed by eagerly
playing two encores. Both were
charming Spanish flavored
dances which ended the evening
on a humorous note.
rated low
NEW YORK (P)-The national
Nielsen television ratings for last
week are in and they show con-
tinued woe for NBC's durable
Bonanza. The program was
smote by CBS' Maude for the
third straight week.
The venerable NBC Western
began its 14th seasontlast month
on a bright note. It came in
fourth in the national ratings and
was seen in an estimated 16.2
million households. But then it
Maude picked up steam the
next week and the estimated
number of households watching
the Cartwrights dropped by
nearly five million. It dropped
Bonanza to 39th place in the
week's national rankings.
C aca
7-10:30 P.M.
Admission $1.50

Andy Warhol. 1966.
This important avant-
garde event is expensive-
Support your own educa-
tion as well as the oldest
Ann Arbor film society,
and see this series of
films If yo udon't liLe


-a rbage!
have to count reflection.
The promoters boast that they
use "26 separate projectors."
You might think, after reading
this, that they also use 26 sepa-
rate screens. Wrong again. All
the projectors were aimed at one
movie screen. Since all these
images could have been present-
ed using only one reel of film at
a time and two projectors, pre-
sumably the only reason they
truck around 26 projectors is so
they can claim to use 26 sepa-
rate projectors.
All right, folks, what we have
here is a movie going for $2.50
a throw. What kind of movie is
A terrible one. The sound
track consists of bits of old
rock'n roll songs splicedtogeth-
er, followed by bits of Beatles
songs handled in a similar man-
ner. Not bad, but hardly worth
the price. The visual part of the
show consists of a jumble of
stills and actual moving pictures,
often superimposed on one an-
other and/or juxtaposed. The
subject matter portrayed is a
mixture of pix of The Beatles,
newsreel clippings, paintings,
artsy porn, abstract designs not
even worthy of the Ann Arbor
Film Festival, and just about
everything else the film's cre-
ators could find lying around.
At times, the visuals manage to
enter into some sort of dis-
tant relationship with the sound
All in all, The Beatles: Away
With Words is a worthless piece
of garbage whose promotion bor-
ders on false advertising. The
members of UAC responsible for
its, coming here should be at
least tarred and feathered, if
not drawn and quartered. Better
yet, they should each have to
shell out $10.00 and watch all
four of its showings.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell
you the theme of the film. They
stated it right at the beginning:
"Yes, the Revolution has be-
gun ...."



"I feel like I'm battling the
downfall of classical concerts
due to the popularity of records,"
says Lyndon Lawless in describ-
ing his situation as director of
Ars Musica, a small locally
based Baroque chamber orches-
Realizing that it is a hassle
to go to a concert which might
not turn out to be as good as

6:00 2 4 7 News, Weather, Sports
9 Eddie's Father
50 Flintstones
56 Sewing Skills
6:30 9 Jeannie
50 Gilligan's Island
56 Secretarial Techniques
:00 2 Truth or Consequences
4 World Series Pre-Game Show
7 To Tell the Truth
9 Beverly Hillbillies
50 I Love Lucy
56 Dateline America
7:15 4 World Series
7:30 2 What's My Line?
7 Half the George Kirby
9 Irish Rovers
50 Hogan's Heroes
56 Behind the Lines
8:00 2 The Waltons
7 Mod Squad
9 News
56 Advocates
50 Dragnet
8:30 9 Word of Power
50 :Merv Griffin
9:00 2 Movie
"The Legend of LylahClare"
(1968) Unknown actress reach-
es for the life style of a late
movie queen.
7 Assiginent: Vienna
9 Woods and Wheels
56 International Performance
9:30 9 Countrytime
10:00 4 To Be Announced
7 Owen Marshall
9 News, Weather, Sports
50 Perry Mason
56 Masterpiece Theatre
10:20 9 Nightbeat
11:00 2 4 7 News, Weather, Sports
9 Cheaters
50 Golddiggers
11:30 2 Movie
"Damn the Defiant?" (1962)
E n g 1 i s h vessel command-
er troubled by opposition by
second in command.


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listening to a record, Lyndon
feels, "We ought to emphasize
what a concert has that a record
doesn't, which is people and the
interaction of performers and
their audience."
To encourage and enhance this
essential interaction of a con-
cert, Ars Musica tries to create
an open, relaxed and informal
atmosphere that allows the audi-
ence to perceive the musicians
as real people. The musicians,
whose average age is 24, try to
relate to the audience by remov-
ing the artificial formality that
typically envelops classical con-
Instead of wearing tuxedoes or
formal attire, the performers
just wear n o r m a 1, informal
clothes. "We're not showing dis-
respect for the music; we're just
r e f 1 e c t i n g contemporary life
styles that are comfortable and
relaxed, conducive to human in-
teraction," Lyndon explained.
The 15 musicians who play
string and wind instruments take
turns providing verbal program
notes, thus giving the audience
an opportunity to learn about
music and also become familiar
with the personalities of the per-
formers-something records can-
not capture.
Also, the musicians don't dis-
appear during intermisison and

Hamm and Clov converse in a scene from University Player's production of Samuel Beckett's play
Endgame which opens tonight.
Go Baroque wIth rs Musica

FILM SPECIAL-UAC presents tonight at 8, 10 in Power,
The Beatles: Away with words, a multi-media presenta-
tion using 26 separate projectors operated by computer
and a 360 degree sound system. An experimental "journey
into your soul" that pays homage to musical genius.
DRAMA-University Players production of Samuel Beckett's
Endgame opens tonight at 8 in the Arena Theatre,
Frieze Bldg.
POETRY-Richard Tillinghast reads his poetry this afternoon
in the UGLI Multi-purpose room at 4:10.
FILMS-Cinema Guild shows Underground Retrospective-
Program 6 tonight at 7 in Arch. Aud.; AA Film Coop
shows Taking Off tonight at 7, 8:45 in Aud. A. About this
film, Daily reviewer David Gruber writes:
Taking Off presents a kid's-eye view of the generation
gap. It follows the half-interested, fumbling efforts of
two parents to first find, then understand their runaway
daughter, who definitely can not understand them. The
subject is treated with a good deal of humor, and its
emphasis on the parents' problems is a pleasant change
of pace.

4 Johnny Carson
7 Dick Cavett
9 Movie
"I'll Never Forget What's 'Is-
name" (1967) Story of a busi-
nessman unsatisfied with his
life, yet unable to change.
50 Movie
"Saddle the wind" (1958) Gun-
man turns rancher, only to
then take up his guns against
his younger brother.
1:00 4 7 News
1:30 2 Movie
"Hey Boy! Hey Girl!" (1959)
Musicians aid a charity ba-
3:00 2 News

after the concert; instead they
try to be available to talk with
Another important element of
the informality is the use of a
small place for concerts, which
seats no more than 300 people
in a semi-circle around the per-
formers. "We're just trying to
create the type of concert we'd
like to go to, and people seem to
be responding," Lyndon said. In
fact, the response has been so
great that there is more demand
than can be accommodated in
the room at St. Clare's Episcopal
Church. But instead of moving
to a larger hall, the group de-
cided to quadruple its number of
scheduled performances in order
to preserve the intimacy and in-
dividuality of the small room.
Individuality is another attri-
bute of the live concert that Ars
Musica tries to emphasize in con-
trast to r e c o r d s. "We're all
homogenized by records - we
grew up saturated with the great
performers on records and end
up with a fear of moving too far
out of the bounds of recognized
greatness in interpretation and
style," Lyndon said. Ars Musica
tries to infuse the classical with
individuality by returning to au-
thenticity. Discovering the com-
posers' intentions through actual
research of treatises and ac-
counts by contemporaries, the
group works together under Lyn-
don's leadership to create 'an
authentic yet individual sound in
terms of style, tempo and inter-
The group feels that authen
tic Baroque music has great ap-
peal and meaning. "The music
of Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and
other Baroque composers is
more practical 'and direct than
19th century bombastic dramati-
cal romantic music; Baroque
music has shorter movements,
more s t e r 1 i n g theme, lilting
tunes . . . it's more immediate
and colorful on a small scale. In
fact, some of it is beauty that
cuts right to the soul. It doesn't
have the universal impact of
rock; Baroque music is more
subtle and cerebral. But there
ought to be a place for all kinds
of music." Ars Musica attempts
to make this subtle music avail-
able in an informal, comfortable
"We try to eradicate the psy-
chological and physical barriers
between the listeners and the ar-
tist and replace them with lines
of communication and under-
standing: we hope to foster a
feeling of fellowship among ev-
eryone gathered to experience
the music. It's not just a gimic.
The whole purpose is to get peo-
ple closer to the music by get-
ting involved.

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