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ts &ent THE MICHIGAN DAILYI
S n Cr an Friday, January 30, 1976 Page Five
Arts~. LII~III.IJI1IIIII1THE ICHGAN AIL

OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE Presents

Cifemc

week

Pick of the Week: his best performance since again proves he really isn't that
Goodbye, Columbus. funny).
The Sunshine Boys But the picture, directed with But what he does from there
The Movies, Briarwood little flair by Herbert Ross, be- is chaos. The plot, admittedly
longs to Matthau. Matthau's feeble, never surfaces to the
There's nothing very deep in wily characterization unques- point of even providing a frame-
Neil Simon's plays. Simon em- tionably ranks as one of the work for an excuse. There are
ploys the simplest forms of con- great acting jobs of 1975-second a couple amusing bits, most
flict, and clearly defines each only to Jack Nicholson's work notably an elegant luncheon of
plot twist and emotional burst. in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's cheese and crackers in a seemy
There are few hidden implica- Nest. basement, but the majority of

end
Young Frankenstein.
This may well prove to be
Brooks' best film, as the direc-
tor pours gags on the audience
while consistently keeping to his
premise.
Mary Shelley's monsterous
characters, dipped in Mel
Brooks' own sauce, produce
unique results. The film begins
with a scattered paranoiac

W hat's playing this Cinema Weekend
Friday-Phantom of Liberty, Aud. A, 7, 9; It's A Won-
derful Life, Arch. Aud., 7:00, 9:05; Young Frankenstein,
Nat. Sci. Aud., 7:30, 9:30; Freaks, MLB 4, 7, 10; Even
Dwarfs Started Small, MLB 4, 8:15.

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Saturday-Greetings, Aud. A, 7, 9; Marnie,
7, 9:05;Young Frankenstein, Nat. Sci. Aud.,
The Devil in Miss Jones, MLB 3 & 4, 7, 8:30, 10.

Arch.
7:30,

Aud.,
9:30;

tions or ambigious passages of -David Blomquist the elaborate visual puns are F brainsurgeon, played with zeal
dialogue in one of his scripts. * * weak, with Wilder himself com- by Gene Wilder, who attempts
But what makes Simon's work igoftewre
so special-what differentiates Sherlock Holmes' ing off the worse. to escape the implications of
Plaza Suite, The Odd Couple, or With his usual embarrassed the fact that his grandfather
SSi sue fo aSmarter Brother charm gone, his timing on every was the famed Victor Franken-
any othe monsuccess from State scene becomes such a gross mis- stein. The young Frankenstein
a run-of-the-mill situation corn-ca
edy-is his remarkable agility The mere thought of Gene calculation, it's embarrassing. is condemned to follow in bis
to capture a character with Wilder writing, directing and: Perhaps something can be said grandfather's footsteps, travel-
amazing precision and detail, acting in a film over which he for a film that extracts its ing to Translyvania and finding
Simon's home base is Broad- has virtually total control ap- novelty from a spontaneous Victor's notes entitled "How I
way, of course, and some of his peared an idea too good to be song and dance number (a la Did It."
drama has not fared well-in- true. And the result, The Adven- The RulingClass)vthat ultimate- F
deed has seemed rather stilted tures of Sherlock Holmes' Smar- IV proves the movies highlight. siFrankenstein's hunchback as-
deedtnt hasr seemed rahe stiledy
-when transferred to film. But ter Brother, is a disappoint- (Wilder must have thought so Feldman, has a hump that's not
this MGM-Ray Stark version of ment. too. He uses it twice-the second F ta hasy and he as
Sunshine Boys sparkles, even if Wilder is a consummate actor time to close the film!) But Frankenstein iary, ang ais
Franknsten increating ahis
it is a bit long. who handles the art of comedy whatesber that something is, it
Simon here projects a sad in a manner unlike any other remains a muddled mystery tos monster, played by Peter Boyle.
Dressing the monster in top hat
dilemma of old age with unusual screen personality, but the me.--James Valk and tails, he takes him to a
warmth. A once-great vaude- truth of the matter is that he - * * medical convention for a ren- {
ville star, portrayed exquisitely has simply spread himself too dition of 'Puttin' On the Ritz.
by Walter Matthau, refuses to thin. Young Frankenstein
admit an inevitable loss of phy- Starting with the lucrative Nat. Sci. Aud. The monster becomes an ob-
sical endurance that has inexor- premise of a stylish detective 7:30, 9:30 ject of interest to Frankenstein's
ably slowed down the pace of genre films, Wilder assembled stuffy fiance, Madeline Kahn,
his career. the former Mel Brooks troupe While Mel Brooks suffered for some mysterious reason .
George Burns nicely plays of Madeleine Kahn (who is suc- bouts with the critics over his And so the film goes on end-I
Matthau's former vaudeville cessively losing her charm with low-brow, a-joke-at-any-cost at- ing with the audience literally
partner, a role originally intend- e v e r y performance), Marty titde in Blazing Saddles, his laughed out. Brooks' humor is
ed for the late Jack Benny. Feldman (who proves that those refined taste and seemingly anything but tactful, yet still
Richard Benjamin, playing Mat- eyes alone really aren't that matured wit have given him a manages a genuine charm.
thau's nephew-agent, turns in funny) and Dom DeLuise (who'first-class comedic effort with -Veronica Smith

Sunday-Experimental Film Festival, Aud. A, 8; The
Damned, Arch. Aud., 7, 9:05.
All weekend-Take the Money and Run, Matrix (994-
0627; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Sunshine Boys,
The Hindenburg, The Movies, Briarwood (769-8780); Dog
Day Afternoon, Fox Village (769-1300); Romeo and Juliet,
Michigan (665-6290); The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'
Smarter Brother, State (662-6264); Le Secret, Campus
(668-6416).

Peter Gary
Frampton Wright
TON IGHT-8 P.M.
EMU-BOWEN FIELD HOUSE
Tickets available at the door
Available at Huckleberry's Party Store, Ann
Arbor Music Mart, All Hudsons, Wards, Mc-
Kinney Union B 0

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Open at 6:45
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age

By JEFF SELBST
T OOT is not a bad play. It
shows its age, with such
dated satirical targets as the
Catholic Church, the police,
bureaucracy, and, unusually,
the medical profession. But it
is funny and conscientiously
jogs the audience into a laugh
fairly often. Performed in well-
intentioned manner at the
Arena, under the auspices of
the University Showcase Pro-
ductions, it made for a most-
ly enjoyable evening.
The trouble is with the play
itself. It seems strange to watch
and find it creaky - it first.
saw the light of day in 1967
- but one is aware of two
things. First, the play is of the
genre of cynical black comedies
that includes The Real Inspec-
tor Hound and Black Comedy,
but neither aided in the crea-
tion of nor enlarged the genre;
secondly, it could only haveI
been written then.
Instantly it evokes the mod
world of Georgy Girl and Carn-
aby Street with its bright and
(hopefully) shocking British-
isms. Homosexuality is no long-
er considered a taboo subject,
but the audience tittered pre-
dictably at many homosexual
references.

PAUL D. PALMORE, anr
alumnus of the Boccaccio Festi-
val's Mandragola last fall, play-E
ed Inspector Truscott. One can1
just imagine director Kathleen1
Conlin telling him repeatedly
what pigs policemen are. Pal-,
more obligingly bellowed every
line as if competing with cult I
star Divine for volume.
Pruett and Martin were some-
what better. Not so obvious, not
saddled with such underwritten
roles, they gave the impression
of sly, engaging young crooks.
They weren't as depraved as
Orton would have liked. Thisi
is an asset, because their moral
turpitude would be ridiculous
if played up. Martin's conceal-
ing smile and his neurasthenic
'portrayal of the undertaker cum
bank robber was perfect.
Denise Cole tried her best.
The Agatha Christie-type role
of the private nurse who mur-
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ders her charges for Loot, is audience had to be hit over the,
a caricature, and she played it head. Where is imagination, in
like that. She was a good car- Conlin's scheme of things?
toon, a sort of lovable witch, The set was functional. The
though her character, written' Arena Theater is not hospitable'
with all the depth of a postage, to large sets or anything more
stamp, was not engaging. As the than mere suggestion, and so
play tended to be more and the little furniture that appear-
more fantastic, interest in the ed on stage was adequate. TheI
proceedings waned. Her char- focal point was, after all, Mc-
acter was largely responsible Leavy's brilliant orange coffin.'
for this.

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Key Issues
FEB. 2: Susan Wright, Don Michael
"Community involvement in
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STARTS TONIGHT
Shows at 7:10 & 9:10
Open at 7:00
See it from the beginning!
Magazine. "S T U N-
News. "SUPERIOR,'
FILM NIGHTMARE,"

continued discussion

EATMAN WAS SHOCKED. He
spent two and a half hours be-
ing shocked. His face went from
mild disapproval to a Milton:I
Berle-type mugging of disbelief.
The direction, of which I've
already made mention, was
overdone. Pace and tempo are'
one thing, but every movement
was rushed, every sexual over-
tone played to the hilt, and no
prescribed writhe or wriggle
overlooked. One would think the'
ACC YU IC I

AS A MUSEUM piece, the play.
is fun and interesting. Close
See LOOT, Page 3

FEB. 16: Further discussion

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N I N G," N.Y. Daily
L.A. Times. "A TAUT
S.F. Chronicle.

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(Tod Browning, 1932) MLB 4-7 & 10

DUN 1 M1S3 t n15

To people his nether world of the circus sideshow, Ted Brown-
ing used not only real dwarfs but a family of "humans"
whose deformities are today confined to medical iournals.
Brownina treats the "small" people in a completely straight-
forward way, and then lets them win out against the so-called
"normal" humans. Andrew Sarris calls it "the most compas-
sionate movie ever made. about the human condition."
Even Dwarfs Started. Small
(Werner Herzog, 1970) MLB 4-8:15 only
Twenty-seven dwarfs, inmates of a reformatory, rebel when
one of their own, a grinning halfwit named Babe, is put
under harsh restraint after making sexual advances towards
the institution's cook. Grotesquely humorous, bizarre. All
dwarf cast. German with subtitles E
NEXT WEEK: JOHN FORD MOVIES

$1.25
Single Show
$2.00
Double Feature

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THE CONTRIVED plot con-
cerns the efforts of two bank-
robbers(James Martin, Glen
Pruett) to hide their Loot (get ---
it?) from the inquisitive Inspec-
tor Truscott of the Yard (Paul
D. Palmore). It also involves
private-duty nurse Fay McMa-
hon (Denise Cole) and old Mr. FRI.-SA
McLeavy (Rodney Eatman).
You see, McLeavy's wife died
(murdered by McMahon) and
the loot is hidden in the coffin
by Dennis and Hal, the robbers.
Now Hal loves Fay, but Fay
wants to marry McLeavy for
his loot. Meantime, one by one, S
they are all drawn into the
robbery coverup, and the body long re
of Mrs. McLeavy is tossed as one
hither and yon while ... oh, you writersa
get the idea. has bee
Ronstad
The director was either aware
that the gags were all somewhat' Fel
more .than twice-told, or per-:
haps she thought that the audi- 1421
ence wouldn't understand them;

T.-SUN.

$3.00

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PAUL
SIEBEL
INGER-SONGWRITER

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cognized by other performers
of the finest singers and
of the decade, Siebel's music
n recorded by many, including
t. David Brombera, Emmy Lou

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Shows Tonight
at 7:00 & 9:05
Open at 6:45
YOU'LL LAUGH YOUR WINKLE* OFF
Gene Madeline Marty
Wilder Kahn Feldman
OC,

Bonnie Riatt, Linda
Harris, etc.

b. 2 Mon.: TOM PAXTON
H IL LST. 8:30 761-1451

in any case the effect was the
same. The lines were spoken
with the subtlety of Hurricane
Clara, although they were aid-
ed by the playwright himself
who insisted on giving away
every good gag ten minutes be-
fore it ripened.
TONIGHT
UNIVERSITY
SHOWCASE
PRODUCTION
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BY
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