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Arts & Entertainm ent Friday March 19, 1976 Page Five




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Tommy course, one is similarly grimI
Tommyand lifeless.
Mediatrics, Nat. Sci. Aud., From a technical standpoint,
Fri., Sat., Sun., 7:30, 9:30 the film is nearly perfect.
Ken Russell's musical abor- Through its technique of repeat-
tion of the Who's rock opera ilnug a scene again and again,
Tommy is the biggest waste of Conversation truly makes one
time ever to come under the aware of every passing moment.
guise of a movie. Coppola shows how each and
Roger Daltry stars as Tommy, every motion or exchange can
the deaf, dumb and blind boy be twisted in meaning and
who rocks his way to fame via change the events which sub-
pinball machines He miraculous- sequeptly pass.
ly recovers his senses one day In the end, however, the view-
and becomes a preacher of the er is not truly frightened by the
good word. prospect of unknown, personal
Tommy's cast includes many surveillance. If this is the film's
big names-from Jack Nichol- intention, then Coppola has fail-
son to Elton John-but most of ed.
the aoles must have been cast -Chris Kochmanski
to performers simply because * * *
they would draw in the crowds. Conversation
Although Tina Turner's Acid
Queen is great, Ann-Margret as The Movies, Briarwood
Tommy's mother is implausible, It's a credit to everyone in-
and Oliver Reed's performance volved that One Flew Over the
as the Lover is embarrassing. Cuckoo's Nest is an extremely
-Eileen Daley well-made, intelligent film. With
* * (a great deal of acclaim in the
Cuckoo's Negt press and nine Academy Awards
nominations (including best pic-
Ann Arbor Film Co-op ture, actor, actress, director and
ML 3, Fri., 9 screenplay), the viewers' ex-
Although critics have roundlypectations are set critically hWgh.
hailed Francis Ford Coppola's Fortunately, those expectations
The Conversation as one of the are artistically fulfilled.
most brillia t films of recent The setting, a mental institu-
years, I wIsh to take an op tion: the protagonist, a cm-
posing stand. Conversation is mitted jailbird: the antagonist,
surely a frightening, disturbing, a nurse; the supporting cast,
work, but in its utter lack of crazies; are all taken from IFeng
humor, it loses touch with real- Kesey's best-selling novel. Along
ity and never involves the audi- with the appeal of Jack Nichol-
ence in its themes. !son in the leading role, this
A film like Hitchcock's Psycho movie is refresingly stimulat-
makes an indelible impression ing and much more effective
on the viewer (and has caused :han earlier films about the same
sme to forsake showering subect, like The King of Hearts.
altogether), because it combines Dynamic performances, by
nttal illness and murder with .ack Nicholson and Louise
a deadly stroke of black humor. Fletcher, are nearly flawless
In Conversation, h o w e v e r, and serve as a perfect compli-
'Gene Hackman is so grim and ment to Kesey's brilliant novel.
lifeless that one cannot truly Nicholson's R. P. McMurnhy is
identify with him, unless of the classic, tragiv hero. He's a
What's playing this Cinema Weekend
Commercial theatres have changed movies and Ann
Arbor will be treated to four new films. Swept Away,
The Devil Within Her, Winterhawk, and a return run of
Play it Again, 'Sam all hit town this week.
Friday - Mr. Arkadin (Cinema II, Aud. A, Angell,
7, 9 The Rainpeople (Ann Arbor Film Co-op, 7, Aud. 3,
MLB); The Conversation (Ann Arbor Film Co-op 9, Aud.
3, MLB); Tommy (UAC Mediatrics Nat. Sci. Aud., 7:30,
9:30); Night of the Livihg Dead (Couzens, 10, 12)
Saturday - The Ox-Bow Incident (Cinema II Aud. A
Angell 7); Black Fury (Cinema II Aud. A Angell 9);
Sounder (New World Film Co-op, Aud. 3, MLB 7, 9); Tom-
my (UAC Mediatrics Nat. Sci. Aud. 7:30, 9:30); The Three
Musketeers (Bursley Hall Enterprises, West Cafeteria 7:30);
Night of the Living Dead (Couzens, 10, 12).-
Sunday-Ann Arbor 1976 Film Festival Winners (Cinema
II, And. A Angell 7, 9, 11); Tommy (UAC Mediatrics, Nat.
Sci. Aud. 7:30, 9:30).
All Week Long-Flesh Gordon, Matrix (994-0627); Gable
and Lombard, Fifth Forum (761-9700); Swept Away, Cam-
pus (668-6098); The Devil iWthin Her, State (662-6264);
Play It Again, Sani Michigan (665-6290); Blazing Saddles,
Cucoo's Nest, Barry Lnydon, I Will,'I Will for Now, Briar-
wood (769-9780); Winterhawk, Fox Village (7691300).

comic,carefreecharact who I
manages ato fmercifully tlift the' r N IU11al OEI LV1NN Li V
audience out of a tense, medita-'
tive depression. By JAMES VALK and of the performance with the de- Its general excellence in c o n- T AST NIGHT'S 16mm Film Mouris, which made excellent
The picture's emotion-packed CHRIS KOCHMANSKI spondent girl afterwards, drunk temporary drama and prafes- Festival offerings were use of dazling neon colors and
dialogue, players and action and depressed in a public rest sional technique obviously beg- a welcome switch from the vol- speeded-up photography.
leave an unforgettable impres- LTHOUGH the films that room, talking overtly into the ged to be noted, but its confus- ume of borin abstract films
sion on the audience because it copie the 7:00 show- caeab hrcerztos{ufrd f'oig asrc im The second film, however, was
sforces themto usion thae r- ight the Thicamera. ed characterizations suffered that normally comprises t h i s an excruciatingly long, sound-
forces them to question the ra- ing Wednesday night of the Ann1 This unique blend of c' ema from its inability to comproiseaffair. Jn fact, most of its en- less abstract entitled The Cata-
tionale that is used in the ad- Arbor Film Festival were not affair titymiuts
inistatnofn issesitive in- Aofa riula eatc rel verite with quasi-documentary itself to thirty minutes. tries have incorporated some log; it wvas so dull that one could
ministration of an insensitive in-of any particular cinematic results in a sort of poor man's semblance of idea and concep- not help becoming conscious of
results in asotheomassive samounts oofidbeer,
stitution that suppresses the vance, they did provide for a Nashville, complete with Buck's Carnal Bipeds proved to be a tion into their techniques: ,the massive amounts of beer,
ri s Place, a country and western 16 mm farce of 8mm quality,: Wednesday night's second, and yogurt being consumed by
posed to help. est. bar where the auditions took I and derived much of its humor show started a half-hour late at the audience.
After seeing Cuckoo's Nest,' As usual, the program w a s place (a perfectly lowbrow pal- from that very point. The pro- 9:30, but the general excellence
you won't just be able to imply 'marred by the now obligatory ace, complete with Buck him- i duction credits listed the in- of the body of films made the TRUE TO THE festival's car-
walk out of the theatre and dis- "expressionistic geometry" that self - a swaggering fatman famous Curt McDowell, which;wait worthwhile. The program nival-like atmosphere, the aud-
miss what you ve seen - the relies on an orgy of animated with ten-gallon hat and tinted accounted for the sporadic skin'began with Coney, an exciting- ience became extremely rowdy
movie is sure to be a worthwhile, configurations with optional mu- glasses). shots the predictably followed. ' ly visual abstract film by Frank See FILMS, Page 8
thought-provoking experience for sic. Asclepaid was the 7:00 sac- The best animation of the se-
for most viewers. rificial lamb, thus proving that THE FILM succeeds on its lections came from a short film I
-Debbie Lacusta , 3 minutes really isn't that technical merit as well as the that was added to the program
short short of time. 'directorial excellence displayed, agenda. George Griffin's L'Age
Arts briefs: In a move quite inusual for and when teamed with an in- Duor was a remarkable simpleD n dk an
A t e S this festival (or any other, to credibly good performance by exercise in opening doors, whichDi
be fair), all of the remaining the young lady (whose 1 a s t ; ultimately proved that one-min-
John Simon, the noted film entries proved interesting, most scene is so painfully realized I ute isn't very long at all.
and drama critic, will be the notably Ruby Red, a film by question whether it was really
guest lecturer at the announce- Chuck Hidina presented through acted), Rudy Red emerges a "JERUSALEM-FROM ITS
ment of this year's Hopwood the University of Iowa Film curiously thoughtful film. BEGINNINGS TO THE
Awards at Rackham Lecture Workshop. Other entries remained true to DESTRUCTION OF THE
Hall on Wednesday, April 14, at the traditional diversity of the FIRST TEMPLE; AN
4 p.m. THE PREMISE appears sam- programming. Guacamole, SURVEY"
Simon reviews drama for The pie to the point of being trite - which had nothing to do with
d Review and The New an audition is held for a part in the dip of the same name des- PROF. AMNON BEN-TOR
Leader and comments on fil Department of Archeology
fim film, an aspiring young sgnger, Hite snecilation by the crowd, Hebrew University
for New York Magazine. He is short an talent but onVimitic feat-red some excellent nhoto- FRIDAY, Mar. 19-3:00 p.m.
gu and sincere, enters and lo es. tranhv of Mexico, vet fpiled to
Essays on the Theater, 1964-74 But there is no "^ontest" here ^lesce into a statement that Modern Lonq. BIdq. Rm. B-108 R E S TA U R A N T
and Uneasy Stages: A C hr o icle - we ,are told !rn mir's onrnnrterl to derivfe from t h e sponsored by the center forRESTAURANT
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Certainly not the most popular esting switch on an old "heme, off.rinR such traditional tech
critic among the Hollywood set, those who simnlyaren't win- nianles as fade to black after a
Simon's reviews have prompted n rs: HIidima cross-cuts between spawe and an intelligent and ori- S NOT SINCE ROSEMAR S BABY 1
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