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Friday, October 3, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

Fridoy, October 3, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

Pick of the Week:
Give 'Em Hell,
Harry!
Fifth Forum
The country judge frim Inde-I
pendence, Mo. brought' a re-
freshing sense of simplicity to
the White House when he rose ma movement that flowered im- Boy.
to the presidency in 1945. Unlike ' mediately after World War II. De Niro is the. standout here'
his wealthy Harvard-educated I In sharp contrast to the glossy as he involves the audience in
predecessor, Harry Truiaa.1 fit appearance of the typcial Hol- a somewhat loony character
the ideal mold of the common lywood product of the late '40's, who blows up mailboxes, throws
American man - the enterpris-! DeSica's movie is raw and crude money away, and brawls in
ing Horatio Alger-type who in the extreme. barrooms with ilttle or no pro-
made it to the top by putting Filmed on location in haste vocation. You get the feeling
his nose to the proverbial grind- with amateur actors and a that Scorsese seems to be more
stone and relentlessly pprerv- shoestring budget, the movie is, interested in depicting details
ing at hi strade. nevertheless, much more power- of characterization than in tell-'
The amiable yet forceful Tru- ful in its depiction of everyday ing a coherent, meaningful
man that James Whitmore rich- reality than more "professional" story.
lv portrays in Give 'Em Hell, works. Bicycle Thief tells the The plot is, admittedly, con-
Harry impeccably cantures the story of Antonio, a poor worker fusing at times and the ending'
colorful character that presi- whose most prized possession, is violent to an inappcoprite
dential lore so vividly recalls. his bicycle (which serves as his degree, but the atmosphere of
Using text actually drawn from only means of transportation to Mean Streets is unmatchable.
Truman's writings and sneeches, work) is stolen by an even poor- Down to every manerism, the
Whitmore presents a remark- er and more desperate citizen characters are living, breath-
ably introsnective depiction of than himself. ing 1 human beings, a qaah ty
the humble and totally forth- In the end, it's Antonio's re- that many American films are
rieht personality that motivated lationship with his son, Bruno, sadly lacking.
both the personal and olinical that provides some solace, an -Jeff Sorensen
boliefs of the nation's 33rd pr-s- example of real human com- * * *
ident. munication in an unfeeling Coie With The Wind
This film version of the origi- world. DeSica takes the sub- UAC Mediatrics
nnl stage nroduction is rrinted stance of ordinary life and .,
from a videntnne prepared dur- colors it with personal experi- Fri., Sat., Sun., 7:30
ing a national tour Witrvre ence of the most vibrant, dra- 'irt thevetvhing about Gone
made earlier this year. The matic kind. This movie still pro- Wit th W i r to ess
tane-to-film conversion ,rocss vides a much needed breath of but it's that particular kind of
isn't perfe'ted vet, but new fresh air. reveled in.
laser 1yrinting technology bemns -Jeff Sorensen het yo,'r on
sunn *resfi somP of the erost * * * Whether you're on your first, {
.ot, f rth (or sixth . . . ?) time;
and grain. What neradillos re Meia Streets ro'Md, try matching the minar,
main are w-ll wnrth "earanrn. Cinema tI characters, especially Ona Mun-
fnr Whitmor 's enthnsiasm and Friday, Saturday 7, 9 !on as Heart-of Gold Belle Wat-
sbril in . ;ii'-"t role m k; Mean Streets (1973) is ore of ling. George (Sinerman) Peeves
GTh'e 'Em Hell, Harry a major those rare American films that is a Tarleton Twin and Laura'
release. avTaeon And Lura

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What's playing this Cinema Weekend
This weekend in cinema has a rather political tinge to
it, but the combinations are unwieldy. Lina Wertmuller s
Seduction of Mimi is a hilarious yet at times bittersweet
accounting of an earthy politico who goes bourgeois on the
job.
UAC \Iediatrils brings back that slushy Civil War epic
of epics, Gone With the Wind. And on Sunday, the weekend
blows wide open, as Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway re,
turn with Chinatown, Roman Polanski's mesmersing and
brilliant film of 1930s Los Angeles.
And if none of those seem appealing, there's always
Wcek of Two of the State's Animation Holiday, this week
featiring that entrancing garden of dreams, Fantasia.
Friday-Seduction of Mimi, Cinema Guild, Arch. Aud.,
7, 9:05; Mean Streets, Cinema II, Aud. A, Angell, 7, 9;
Gone With the Wind, UAC Mediatrics, Nat. Sci. Aud. 7:30;
The Andromedia Strain, Couzens' Coop, Couzens Cafeteria,
8, 10:30.
Saturday-Seduction of Mimi, Cinema Guild, Arch. Aud.,
7, 9:05: Mean Streets, Cinema II, Aud. A, Angell, 7 9; Gone
With the Wind, UAC Mediatrics, Nat. Sci. Aud., 7:30; The
Andromeda Strain, Couzens' Coop, Couzens Cafeteria, 8,
10:30.
Sunday-Point.of Order, Cinema II, Aud. A, Angell, 7,
9; Bicycle Thief, Cinema Guild, Arch. Aud., 7 9:05; China-
town New World Film Coop Nat. Sci. Aud., 7, 9:30; Gone
With the Wind, UAC Mediatrics, Nat. Sci. Aud., 7:30.

of the music - which includes
works by Bach, Beethoven;
Schubert and Stravinski. How-
ever, episodes like the one based
up(. Dukas'. "The Sorceror's
Apprentice," where the music is
already built around a story, al-
low a translation into a cartoon
episode that isn't nearly so jar-
The Seduction of Fantasia ring for the viewer.
Mimi State Theater In these scenes that do work,
Cinema Guild Although most of Walt Dis- Disney is at his delightful best,
Friday, Saturday, 7, 9:05 ney's pioneering work in anima- as he fills the screen with an
The important seduction in tion from the '30's and '40's has amazing variety of colors, in-
this movie isn't sexual. A young dated considerably, Fantasia triguing animals, and other vis-
worker, Mimi, travels the famil- (1940) is still every bit as fresh ual delights. In such segments
iar odyssey from idealist to today in its appeal to the senses, as "The Dance of the Hours"
bourgeois worker, and only when The film - Disney's most am- from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcrack-
he has renounced his former be- bitious work - accompanies a; er Suite," Disney's imagination
liefs is his surrender complete. number of pieces of classical continues to boggle the mind of
The subplot involves Mimi and music with short, animated even the most jaded 1970's ls-
the two women he's involved films. tener. Because of this "Disney
with, his wife and lover. But The movie is generally quite touch," Fantasia still stands as
even in love, Mimi is more mo- successful, but it must be ad- one of the finest, most enduring
tivated by social concerns than mnitted that some of the scenes examples of filmed animation to
sexual ones. When he discovers that depict cavorting centaurs, dat
his wife is having an affair, he's elephants and mushrooms are date.
angry at her for making flcompletely at odds with the tone -Jeff Sorensen
m ockery of him in tow n. ... ..
Lina Wertmuller has made aVI
poignant film here, using farceFRDY N
as a tool to mask the real grav- FRIDAY ONLY
ity of the subjects considered. Academy Award-Winning
It's worth viewing. CA '"THE PAPER CHASE"
-Stephen Selbst 7:00 and 9:00
* * *Openat64
Open at 6:45

tempests tha
lett so handso
See it on th
the tube shr
pizzazz.

t Rhett and Scar-!
omely endure. '
e big screen before
inks down all the
-C vnthia Cheski

-David Bmq ist iiu~~j~bIa J~U1LCI
Davi Blmcigist is oreotapersonal vision toan bone _ rewes as Htnt iityont. - n ti cS
*tba factory-line production. Di- Also be aware of the mam-
rected by Martin Scorsese, the' moth score by Max Steiner and F w ll M Lovely
Bicycle Thief movie is set in the "Little Italy" the marvelously effective and;
Cinema Guild section of New York City. lar- an-ro'riate Technicolor. Michigan Theatre
Sunday, 7, 9:05 vey Keitel stars as a young mob- GWTW is not a movie to on- Here's a flick for trash lovers.
Vittorio DeSica's Bicycle Thief ster and Robert De Niro co- der deenly while seeing. The fun According to the old censorship
(1948) is the most enduring film stars as his friend, an aimless comes from being helnlessly red standards, any court could ban
from the Italian neorealist cine- drifter/gambler named Johnnyithrovah all the travails and it; Farewell My Lovely is to-I
ifRobertson caps careel

tally without socially redeeming
value. But that doesn't mean it's
all bad. In fact ... well, even if
I can't quite bring myself to call
it a good movie, I can say I en-
joyed it tremendously.
Forget the fact that Robert
Mitchum is old, and acts like it.
Forget the foolish drug scene'
where Mitchum's head spins like'
a top. Just lie back and enjoy
Charlotte Rampling's perform-
ance as the ultimate witch. The
dialogue tries hard to crackle,
sometimes it snaps, but on the
whole, it's good for a few
laughs.
Definitely a good movie for
after an hourly.
-Stephen Selbst

Chinatown
New World Film Co-op
Sunday, 7, 9:30
For my money, Chinatown is
easily the best movie of the
1970's. Roman Polanski's look at
Los Angeles in the sleepy, sleazy
1930's is beautifully evocative of
the period. It's an example of all
that movies can be and why
they're such a perfect reflection
of our dreams.
Faye Dunaway is tough, beau-3
tiful and inherently amoral;
she's the leitmotif of the movie.
Jack Nicholson's private eye
owes a tip of the hat to Sam!
Spade and Phillip Marlowe, buta
it's not just a cheap ripoff, it's
a brilliant synthesis that will
stand alone without excuse.
A so-called thriller about a
public water system sounds,
duller than freshperson English,'
but this is one movie that made
me glad I bought my popcorn
before the lights dimmed. The
pace is relentless.
-Stephen Selbst

Sat. "Zardoz" (R)
Sun. "Marigolds"
(PG)

Mon. "Rabbi Jacob"
(G)
Tues. "1 s
Harrowhouse" (PG)

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By :JAY SHARBUTT did he get the flying bug? working all the time and the
AP Television Writer "Oh, Christ, I soloed illeg- government takes most of it,"'
It's sort of ironic that Cliff ally when I was 14," laughed Robertson said. "I wasn't hav-
Robertson is appearing in a Robertson. "In the summer, I ing any fun. I was single then
made-for-TV film called "Re- used to go down to an airport and I said, 'What the hell. Ij
turn to Earth." The earth isn't near San Diego and I was an should be doing something on
really his element. The sky is. airport rat, the side that I enjoy. What doa
The old-time kind of sky. "In exchange for cleaning air- I want to do?'
Consider: He owns and flies planes and working around the "And I suddenly realized I1
one of the most famous fighters shop, I'd get a free ride and a wanted to get back into flying."
of World War II Britain's lesson at the end of the day. He began with gliding, "andj
Spitfire. He also has a lesser- And I wasn't alone. There were from that I went into old an-
known relic of that war, a Ger- other little airport rats. tique airplanes because that,
knon relicfttrwar."In those days it was all kind was really the romantic age of
man ME-1Ok trainer. of romantic. Now, the kids, flying, the biplanes and the
wind-in-e-wire listnohe's gotthey're so jaded." aerobatics and all that."
wind-in-the-wires flying, he's got He sighed and muttered Robertson bought all six of;
them 1934vintage avllandre osomething about kids who are his antique airplanes before his
them 1934-vintage DeHavilland so dense they don't realize how marriage nearly 10 years ago
Tiger Moth trainers much fun the wild blue is. to actress-socialite Dina Mer
fourth a French-built Stampe' "Anyhow," he went on, "after rill, heiress to the multimillion-j
His only modern crate is the I soloed, I kind of got away dollar General Foods fortune.!
twin-engine Beech Baron he from it for years." "When I got married," he3
keeps at an airport in Farming- I nthose years, he attended laughed. "I told her, 'You know,
dale, N.Y., and rents out when Antioch College, working his I've got seven kids.' She said,<
he's not using it to add to the way through as a general as- 'No, you've only got one, - II
1,500 or so flying hours he's signment reporter for the had one by a previous mar-
logged. Springfield, Ohio, Daily News, riage - but I said, No, theret
Robertson, a lanky,.easy-going but found "I didn't have the are six others.'
La Jolla, Calif. native who won liver for newspaper work." "And I said 'If you want me'
an Oscar several years ago for By this he meant the rumor to reject or neglect them, for-
a movie called "Charly," is the that newspapermen drink. get it.' So I had to make an
sort of pilot whose flying occa- Then came wartime service agreement. I used to balloon,
sionally seems to dovetail with as a nonflying Navy officer on so I gave up ballooning. Also
his work. He has what you ammuunition ships. After that, gave up the little black book."
might call the "any excuse will he got the acting bug, studied Said book contained phone num-1
do" syndrome. at the Actors Studio in New bers of lady friends, not flying
Forexample, in 1964 he star- York, and worked his way to hours. "So, that was, my sacri-
red in a fine war movie called fame after lean years of pave- fice," he said. "I kept the old
"663 Squadron," which just ment - pounding and audition- airplanes."
happened to be about a British ing In "Return to Earth," which
fighter-bomber outfit that flew "About 13 years ago, I took ABC-TV says will be shown in
and he got to fly - a ship stock of my life, just looked November or December this
called the Mosquito. back at it, and I said, 'Jesus, year, Robertson portrays astro-
After an interval of nonfly- I'm breaking my back and naut Buzz Aldrin, the second
ing roles, he produced and
starred in "Ace Eli and Rodger * 'K
of the Skies," a nifty barn- THE UNIVERSITY OF MICMGAN
storming film released about a* ;
year ago. He flew an old Jenny * PROFESSIONALTHEAT RE PROGRAM
biplane in that. This year, he's * 'r.
worked in four feature films, * Iil'
but only one of them, "Mid-
way," has a flying theme -
the Battle of Midway in World
War II.
No matter. He's currently try- *
ing to line up financing for a
World War I flying comedy
which he'll write, produce and
direct. It's called "I Shot the
Red Baron -I Think." * and
Oh, yes, he'll also star and *'
fly in it. 'K
A silly question, but when
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WADE MAINER
STEVE LEDFORD *
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Ledford String Band { WILLIAM LEACH
Mainer and Ledford were the * GUEST ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
leading string bond of the * w e Ir o 10 'K

man on the moon.
The film, based on the book
by Los Angeles Times newsman
Wayne Warga, concerns the
mental anguish Aldrin endured
when he returned from the
moon and faced a new - for
him -- frontier of endless in-
terviews and public appear-
ances. According to the book,
he suffered such severe de-
pression he required hospitaliz-
ation and psychiatric help.
Robertson said the show
gives relatively little emphasis
to the preparation for Aldrin's
historic flight or the flight it-
self. "It's really more of a
character study than it is a
study of capsules or the actual
logistics of space flight," he ex-
plained.
After finishing the film, the
actor said, he'll goof off for a
few weeks, then go from the
world of astronauts to the worll
of ancient open-cockpit flying
with his Red Baron movie pro-
ject.
It was mentioned that Robert-
son is sort of an actor's version
of aviator Richard Bach, the
"Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
author who used to write more
than he flew, but now does both
in equal proportions.

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