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Page 6-Thursday, February 2,1978-The Michigan Daily
RTS ARCADE. .. a weekly roundup

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S Polanski skips town
a SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Film di-
'rector Roman Polanski fled the country
.;,yesterday rather than appear in court
_Y for sentencing on a charge of having
0sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old
girl. Superior Court judge Laurence J.
,-Rittenband immediately issued a bench
% warrant for Polanski's arrest and said
1P he would give the director ten days to
c. surrender.
+k -Attorney Douglas Dalton stunned a

packed courtroom when he announced,
"Your honor, I received a call from Mr.
Polanski this morning, advising he
would not be here this morning."
Dalton said "I do not believe he is in the
United States," and asked the judge to
allow him time to persuade the director
to return for sentencing.
The 44-year-old Polanski, whose film
credits include Chinatown and
Rosemary's Baby, was released from
the California Men's Institute at Chino
last Friday - 48 days short of the 90
days alotted for a diagnostic study. He
faced sentences ranging from being re-
leased on probation to a maximum of
fifty years in prison.
Polanski had begun work on a new
movie, Hurricane, during the litigation.
But last month, while he was impri-
soned, producer Dino De Laurentiis an-
nounced he was dropping Polanski as
director of the multi-million-dollar Ta-
hitian epic.
Amin too rotten
to be waxed
LONDON - Elvis Presley was his-
tory's biggest hero to the Christmas
crowds at Madame Tussaud's. and
Ugandian dictator Idi Amin the most
hated and feared man, although the
world-famous wax museum doesn't
have a statue of either one. Presley re-
placed Joan of Arc and Amin ousted.
Adolf Hitler in the popularity-
unpopularity poll taken each Christ-

mas.
The museum is going to install a
statue of Presley this year, but not one
of Amin. It said he can't get into the
chamber of horrors because he hasn't
been executed, and most visitors would
object to having him among the world's
political leaders.
Look what they started
LONDON - "We didn't really know
what we were getting into with this
Adam and Eve thing," said Eric Lister.
"Although after last year we should
have known."
Lister is co-owner of the Portal Gal-
lery, which for 19 years has specialized
in naive and primitive painters. He has
just written the first book about
Britain's Grandma Moses-style artists.
Not long ago he told some of these
Sunday painters he would mount a show
on "The Story of Adam and Eve."
Then came the flood.
"We started off with about 45 art-
ists," Lister said, standing among
Adam and Eve paintings hung three
and four deep, stacked on the floor,
leaning against tables and cabinets.
"But the artists kept saying, 'Look,
my friend wants to do one, too.' Now we
have about 70 artists, many with more
than one painting. John Allin over there
didn't decide to paint one until after the
show opened."
Allin's painting, showing no signs of
haste, depicts the "First Couple" as
modern English teen-agers. Adam is
hoisting a'gartered Eve on his should-
ers to pick an apple from the tree.
In one garden of Eden we find Adam
and Eve sprinting across a lawn toward
a present-day English canal boat.
In another they are two doleful senior
citizens outside a country cottage.
There are Adams in top hats, gaily
dressed Eves, Adam as a pipe-puffing
farmer with his Eve a little girl in a
yellow dress.
Royal relics on PBS
NEW YORK - The stars of the latest
PBS British television import are
things, not people - and an incredible
and priceless collection they are.
In a series of nine hour-long
programs check local listings PBS is
presenting "Royal Heritage," with
former BBC managing director Sir
Huw Wheldon leading the audience
,through the- British.-Royal ~Collection,
hich is the-largest private. art collec-
tion in the world. Its treasures range
from Rembrandts and Titians to stam-

ps to what may be the world's most
fabulous doll's house.
The programs were assembled by a
team that included Sir Huw, producer
Michael Gill and J.H. Plumb, professor
of modern English history at Cam-
bridge University from 1966-74.

ordinance.
The Golden Banana's owners main-
tained the ordinance violated their Fir-.
st Amendment right of free expression.
In rejecting the owners' arguments,
Garrity said dancing is not "any more
or less artistic - in the First Amend-

Pseudo Elvis
Chicagoan Rick Saucedo practices his
moves while rehearsing for the upcom-
ing New York production of "Elvis:
The Legend Lives,"

have embarked on such foreign adven-
tures only to return home without pay.
Laugh, dummies,
it'sfunny!
LOS ANGELES - Why must TV
comedies have a laugh track? George
Schlatter, of, "Laugh-In," offers this
theory:
"The laugh track is now used to such
a degree that the home audience really
expects it," says the quick-to-laugh pro-
ducer. "Without a laugh track, they're
just sitting there hanging...
"The trick is to under-use it. Many
times we even take out laughs because
they go on just too long and overlapthe
dialogue."
Schlatter, whose "Laugh-In" specials
this season had studio audiences rang-
ing from 25 to 300 fans, has more of a
laugh track -problem than sitcom-
makers.
For starters, his skits and gags aren't
taped in sequence. The work 'is stop-
and-go. Some is outside the studio. And
it's all literally pieced together in the
editing room. Each show, he says,
averages 1,100 tape edits, 300 film edits
and 300 sound effects.
On occasion, as when the audience
has left but the producer needs to re-
shoot a scene, "Laugh-In" laughmeis-
ter John Pratt will add some ho-hos
from his stock of cassettes containing
1,200 laughs of varied length and in-
tensity.
But, like Schlatter, he feels that when
using either imported or domestic
studio laughter "less is best.
In the 1950s, when capned chuckles
came to TV, he said, producers treated
it like a new toy, demanding a full-
volume roar for even the Most feeble
joke, but they're in the minority now.
"Generally, it -- the laugh track - is
more in true context now with what's
happening on the screen because of the
criticism it's gotten," he says. "People
are a lot more wary about it now."
Recent deaths
* Gregory Herbert-A saxaphonist for
the jazz-pop group Blood, Sweat and

Roman Polanski

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"By modern history, we mean the
last 1,000 years," Sir Huw said, smiling
broadly.
"They gave us a million pounds $2.4
million then and told us to come back in
two years. It's the only way."
The royal family were almost as help-
ful as the million pounds.
"The Queen and the Duke of Edin-
burgh decided to'give us freedom to go
where we liked, choose what we liked,"
Sir Huw said. "Firstly, it's the policy of
the palace nowadays to make these col-
lections and buildings more available,
more accessible, and television was a
marvelous method of helping make that
possible."
Is it art or is it dirty?
BOSTON - A federal judge, determ-
ining nudity doesn't make dancing any
more ar\istic, says communities have a
right to impose restrictions on such ac-
tivities in bars.
U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur
Garrity Jr. heard legal arguments and
watched a videotape of a nude dance
routine before deciding Thursday to
deny a preliminary injunction sought
by the owners of the Golden Banana
nightclub of suburban Peabody, Mass.
The nightclub, which alternately
features nude dancing and boxing mat-
ches, sought the injunction against"thE
city of Peabody and the state to block
enforcement of a recently passed city

ment sense - by taking one's clothes
off. That is not part of the artistic con-
tent."
Qu'est-ce tu dit?
HOLLYWOOD - Observes Peter
Graves: "When things went wrong on a
movie set, an actor used to be able to
call his agent and say, 'Come on down
and fix it.' But what do you do when
you're filming in the middle of Iran."
Graves expresses the perplexity of
his fellow actors in dealing with totally
new film business. No longer is the
movie world controlled by eight Holly-
wood companies with direct lines of au-
thority. Films can now be financed by a
network of consortiums and/or govern-
ments, with locations in far-off lands.
Consider Graves' recent film, tenta-
tively called Cruise Missile. It was shot
in Iran with these elements:
1. An American producer, Yugoslav-
born Ika Panajovtavich, who supplied
director Leslie Martinson, the screen-
play and U.S. actors Graves, John Car-

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Self - Liberation
4pm WALTER BLOCK PW D

Defending The
Undefendables

Pushers, Pimps, Slumlords, Libelers
Blackmailers, Scabs, Profiteers, etc

"STARTLING AND ILLUMINATING" Robert Nozick
Friday, February 3rd. Henderson Room

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NOON LUNCHEON
* Homemade Soup and Sandwiches 50C
FRIDAY, FEB. 3
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Director of Midwest Academy
"Women Organizing Change"
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Betty, brass, and jazz
Betty Alridge appears with members of the Harold Dejan Olympia Brass Band
in "Fat Tuesday and All That Jazz," to be aired on most PBS stations at 8 p.m.
next Tuesday, the night New Orleans breaks loose for Mardi Gras, The show,
not just for serious people, is a brassy, sexy, bluesy celebration of the dance and
music of black New Orleans, taped at the performing arts center of Wolf Trap
Farm Park in Virginia.

radine, and Michael Dante.
2. German financing, actor Curt Jer-
gens, an actress and production per-
sonnel.
3. Spanish financing, an actress and a
cameraman.
4. Italian money, cameraman and
production personnel.
5. Iranian money, an actress and
workers to fill out the movie crew.
"Now I know what the Tower of Babel
was like," said Graves. Many Ameri-
can actors, including some big names,
. The Universityof Michigan
pl.) Professional Theatre Program
SAVES
(A FlAy yElo BoniD)
Februady 1-4et Spm
Trueblood Theatr
Universiy Showcase oduc*ons
General admission $2.00
Tickets at Trueblood
Box Office 6-8 pm

Tears, Herbert died in Amsterdam ear-
ly Wednesday morning. A spokesman
for the group said that he was found
dead in his hotel room, and that the sus-
pected canse of death was an overdose
of drugs. A concert the group was to
give in The Hague Tuesday night has
been cancelled, and a European tour is
now uncertain.
" Tim McCoy - Cowboy star Tim Mc.
Coy, whose career spanned the Wild
West shows, silent movies and talkies,
died Sunday in a hospital in Fort
Huachuca, Arizona. McCoy, 87, had
been under treatment for a heart ail-
ment for several months. Featured in
89 pictures, McCoy won an Emmy for
the "Tim McCoy Show," and was in-
ducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in
1974. His last movie role was in Around
the World in 80 Days.
"
The Arts Arcade was compiled
from the AP and UPI wires by Arts
staffers Owen Gleiberman, Mark
Johanssen, Peter Manis, Alan Rub-
enfeld, Mike Taylor, and Tim
Yagle.,

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