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Page 6-Friday, October 7, 1977-The Michigan Daily

Greased Lightening (State) One of
those mild, inoffensive, unpretentious
films that nevertheless fails to add up to
much. Richard Pryor performs admir-
ably as Wendell Scott, the first Black
race driver.:But, the film is at best luke-
warm. **
Fantastic Animation Festival (Cam-
pus) Although a few of the fifteen-plus
short films included are dull and pret-
netious, the majority of the selections
are truly among the best offerings from
European and American animators.
In the Realm of the Senses (Fifth
A Forum) A film that falls neatly between
the wild praise and rejections it has
received. While the film achieves
moments of universality, it just as often
enters the realm of entirely improb-
able obsession. Although finely crafted
and completely unsensational, In the

Realm never becomes clear, either as a
sexual parable or as a psychological
The Late Show (Briarwood) Writ-
ten and directed by Robert Benton (co-
author of Bonnie and Clyde), The Late
Show features Art Carney as an aging
private-eye and Lily Tomlin as his half-
dazed sidekick. The intentionally ob-
scure plot eventually wears thin.
However, the originality of the char-
acters and the two fine lead perform-
ances give the film a lasting humor and
vitality. All in all, an entertaining flick.
Star Wars (Briarwood) Simple-mind-
ed corniness aside, you'd have to be
either a total stuffed-shirt or a coma-
tose not to enjoy this movie. Those who
haven't seen it, do so. Both of you. ****
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
(Briarwood) While much of this movie
is undeniably cliche, Kathleen Quin-
Ian's excellent performance is not its
only saving grace. Rose Garden makes
several valiant and original attempts to

explore inner psychic space. Some fail
miserably, but others are curiously af-
fecting. **%
MacArthur (Fox Village) Gregory
Peck stars as the infamous General
MacArthur. To paraphrase Woodrow
Wilson, "history written with wet
tissue." No go.
* * *
The Damned (Nat Sci Aud, 7:00 and
9:45) Luchino Visconti explores a
theme similar to the one Bertolucci
tackled in the Conformist - namely
that personal decadence and moral de-
cary we'e the impetus for the politi-
cal dictatorships of World War: II. Vis-
conti's subject is Nazi Germany, where
one finds Ingrid Thulin and Dirk Bo-
garde wallowing in about as much de-
pravity as a viewer can take for two
hours. The theme's logic may have
some holes in it, but in The Conform-
ist, Bertolucci's exotic, virtuostic vis-
ual style was front and center; The
Damned is simply no fun. *1/2
Lumiere (Angell Aud A, 7:00 and
9:00) Jeanne Moreau's maiden direc-
torial effort involves the interwoven
lives of four Parisian actresses. A cam-
pus debut.
The Pink Panther and A Shot in the
Dark (MLB 3, 7:00 and 9:00, respec-
tively) Peter Sellers as the incompar-
ably bumbling Inspector Clousea in
what are probably the two best of the

events and entertainment
for the week of oct. 7-13

Avant garde violinist Leroy Jenkins
graces East Quad Auditorium tonight.
Presented by Eclipse /Jazz, shows are
at 8:00 and 10:30. General admission
tickets are $2.50.

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= ... "Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy played together so expertly in PAT
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Pink Panther series. Excellent Slap-
stick and one of Sellers' most inspired
characters. ***
Pat and Mike (Old A & D building,
7:00 and 9:05) Sports buffs and Tracy/
Hepburn fans love this film, as will
anyone who happens tobe a fan of
human relationships. The chemistry

between these two works fantastically
well. Director George Cukor spins
super-athlete Hepburn through a series
of encounters which will leave even the
most hardened "Superstars" fans diz-
zy. If you wear sweat socks you may not
get in for half-price, but you'll certain-
ly be in the right mood. ***1/a

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The Seven Per Cent Solution (Nat Sci
Aud, 7:30 and 9:30) Despite the gnash-
ing of teeth among hard-line Sherlock-
ians, this film stands as one of the best
in portraying the world of The World's
Greatest Detective. The sets are
beautiful, the photography fine, and the
supporting cast nothing short of bril-
liant. Lawrence Olivier's befuddled
Moriarity, Robert Duvall's stolid Wat-
son (a relief after hundreds of ineffec-
tual imposters) and Alan Arkin's re-
markable Sigmund Freud are all per-
fectuly suited to accent the character of
Holmes, which in this case is a consid-
erable letdown and the film's failing
point. Nicole Williamson has stated that
he never has read Conan Doyle's stor-
ies, and it sure shows. His frantic,-drug-
crazed Holmes just doesn't make it as
the calm reasoner of Baker Street.
Nonetheless, a terrific picture, wel
worth your time. ***
THX-1138 (Old A & D, 7:00 and 9:05
The first film by the guy who made Sta
Wars is a fairly interesting Sci-Fi flic
with a mnodjcum of thoug i4.t it neith
er functions eautifull uwitiii its genr
(as ,star a does) rnefectively
rises above it. The story of an individ'
al's fight against a dehumanizing socie-
ty wears a little thin, even when don
with some taste and visual sense, as i
the case here. **1/2
Mean Streets (Angell Aud A, 7:00 and
9:00) This film catapulted director
Martin Scorcese (Taxi Driver) to fame
and is arguably his best. An almost im
pressionistic look at the triumphs,
guilts and general lifestyle of low-life
hoodlums in New York's Little Italy,
Mean Streets erupts with sequences of
ferocious energy and power. Although
the picture is wrought within a frame-
word of dynamic realism, the screen
nevertheless becomes a showcase for
Scorcese's rich, sensuous style. It stars
Harvey Keitel as Charlie, a man c;ught
up in the conflicts presented by his girl-
friend, his Mafioso uncle and his Cath-
olic background. Also starring is
Robert De Niro, who as the uncompro-
misingly crazy Johnny Boy gives an un-
forgettable performance.****
Face to Face (MLB 3, 7:00 and 9:30)
Ingmar Bergman's tortuous tale of self-
confrontation has a tired look about it,

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