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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Arts & Entertainm ent Thursday, March 3, 1977 Page Five

'Cassandra

Crossing

Limp disaster

By MICHAEL BROIDY

at political "awareness" occurs,
when we learn that the virus

TH"flE HOLLYWOOD disaster is part of an illegal experiment
sweepstakes continues with by the United States, making
its latest cataclysmic entry, They things rather sticky for Burt
Cassandra Crossing, now play-, Lancaster (very busy these days
ing at The Movies at Briarwood. at playing military officers),
What this misbegotten ven- who is assigned to prevent both
ture lacks in intelligence, it at- panic on the train and embar-
tempt's to make up for with assment to his country.
sheer profusion of disasters as
painfully familiar as these
things are likely to get.
Very little of the film makes
even the slightest bit of sense.
This problem hays not kept oth-
er similar movies from attain-.
ing at least some modicum of
success as carefully construct-
ed thrillers (witness Robert Ald-
rich's Twilight's Last Gleam-
ing). But Cassandra Crossing
lacks even this safety valve, and
ends up being nothing more thanj
a terrible embarrassment toz
all concerned - especially its C
audience, who shelled out good
money to see otherwise compe-
tent performers ambushed by a
ludicrous script and direction
which borders on sheer care-!
lessness.y
THE FILM OPENS as a mem-
ber of some terrorist group isk
exposed to a deadly plague vi-
rus during an attempt to bomb Simpson
the International Health Organ-
ization headquarters in Geneva. As the "thousands" of pas-
He then boards a train headed sengers (we see only the 10 or
for Stockholm, in the process so big-name cast members plus
exposing the 1,000 passengers to a few extras) sweat it out, Lan-
the deadly virus. caster and medical assistant In-
The film's rather limp attempt grid Thulin (of the Ingmar Berg-

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man repertory company) re- and quite busy); Sophia Loren Cosmatos wrote the original er films of this genre to evade
route the train to Poland. This as his twice divorced wife; O.J. story and much of the material the pratfalls inherent in dis-
means going over the Cassandra Simpson as a government agent seems to have been gleaned aster flicks. A relatively ui-
Crossing, a bridge that has been! masquerading as a priest in or-, from other films in this or oth- known Greek filmmaker, Cos
closed since shortly after World I der to grab heroin smuggler er genres such as Panic In The matos does display a flair for
War II and doesn't look as if Martin Sheen; and Lee Stras- Streets, The Andromeda Strain, action. But this talent is giv-
it could hold a caboose, much' beirg as an elderly Jew who and, of course, the rather ob-, en little chance to manifest it-
less this elongated and im- fears returning to Cassandra scure mystery, Murder On The self. Cosmaltos, however, has
mensely weighty express train. and facing horrible memories. Orient Express. The dialogue only himself to blame - he co-
Robert Katz and George Panithat has been given to these scripted, after all.
K actors (courtesy of the Robert THE INITIAL break-in and
a.:i:i{<rl Katz-Tom Mankiewiez-George subslequent exposure to the virus
fPan Cosmatos screenplay) mak- is constructed very nicely with
es that of the lowliest television some breathtaking montage and
drama look like Paddy Chayev- fluid camera movement, but the
remainder of the film is apt
Thg direction, by George Pan to induce, at best, drowsiness.
Y Cosmatos is lacking in the styl- Even the climactic scene as the
S vc u e htrain arrives at the Cassandra
rstic. flourishes that permi oth-Crossing lacks the technical ex-
pertise and special effects usu-
ally exhibited in this fare.
± rC .s f dThe film as a whole just
y II $ II U doesn't work. One leae' the
film hoping that it is not an
Rea and s indicator of things to come in
' 'on this much maligned , but often
fascinating genre.

"I HAVE CALLED YOU*;BY YOUR NAME"

Lancaster
THE EQUALLY immense and
stellar cast are wasted in this
ill-ventured vehicle; caught in
the mire and muck are Rich-
ard Harris as a neurosurgeon
(the only doctor on the train,

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By MARA BRAZER anguish in love, the full moon,
Y A M I N I KRISHAMURTI, contemplation of beauty, anger,I
recognized as one of the praise, or fruit hanging from a'
most proficent and polished ex- stem.
ponents of South Indian dance, The 'mountain peak hand,' a
performed elegantly on the closed fist with the thumb up,
stage of Rackham Auditorium can denote the god Eros, liba-
Monday night. tion to ancestors, a bee enter-#
Both Monday night and in a ing a flower (the mountain peak
lecture-demonstration at Rack- hand gesturing toward a lotus:
ham on Tuesday, Yamini show- hand), a phallic symbol, a recol-I
ed Ann Arbor the "Bharata lectiorn and the embrace ofl
Natyam," an ancient traidtional lovers.
dance form.
Bharata Natyam was original- The last hand Yamini demon-:
ly a dance of the great southern strat d is the 'index finger
temples. It spans the spectrum hand,' which is like the moun-
of the sacred and secular, com- tain peak hand with the index
plementary elements essential finger raised. Combing hair,j
for the wholeness of body and slenderness, thorniness, and a
spirit which the Hindu strives to s u p r e m e person ("number
reach. one") may be symbolized by!
this formation.

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dancing: speed, stability and were strictly choreographed and
line. performed as she learned them;
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Yamini explains, the 'prism' of felt the moment she arrived oni
the dance breaks the sentiments stage. She likes to dance with
of Sri Rama (a national folk various musicians because "dif-r
hero) into nine parts. Each ele- ferent minds m different direc
ment blended subtly and quickly tions yield different patterns"
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YAMINI EXPLAINED that all=
girls (mainly those of the upper
castes) learn the traditional
forms of dance from an early
age in order to become enriched
and develop womanly charms.
She herself decided to become
a profesisonal dancer at the
age of 12.
The hands are the most impor-
tant means of spiritual and epic
expression in the classical
dance, with the eyes and face
depicting what is felt in the
heart. The movements are high-
ly stylized and comprise a,
storytelling vocabulary in them-
selves.
There are four basic hand,
movements. One is called the
'upspreadhand,' which is a flat,
closed-fingered hand, palm out-
stretched. It may be used to
convey many things - clouds,
woods, light, a river, horseback
riding, severe sunshine, opening
doors, denotion of the equality
of things, and the seven case
endings of the Sanskrit nouns.

YAMINI'S HAND and body
movements spoke fluently to the
accompaniment of three musi-
cians and a vocalist with whom
she occasionally joined in. Dur-
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Yamini said she learned from
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