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Saturday, January 17, 1976


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events and entertainment
.7 " " for the week of Jan. 17-23

all week
Nasnville - (Campus) - Rob-
ert Altman's giant country mu-
sic epic back for a return en-
gagement. The most wildly
praised American film in years,
but is it really a soul-searching
X-ray of our society, or just a
smugly simplistic nose- thumb-
ing at Middle America? You be
the judge, but either way a gen-
uine original, and not to be
missed. ***
Dog Day Afternoon.- (Fox
Village) - Sidney Lumet's film
about an actual bungled bank
robbery in Brooklyn, which turn-
ed into a kind of city-wide hap-
pening thanks to the wacky side-
show eccentricities of the felons
involved. In its intimate detail-
ing of the event, the film takes
on a kind of schizophrenic quali-
ty, as what begins as a hilarious
ly botched, slapstick - holdup
gradually changes into ,a grim,
soul-searing vigil between the
thieves and hostages in the bank
and the hundreds of cops sur-
rounding the building. As such,
Dog Day strikes a very tenuous
balance between farce and trag-
edy, and its too-long running
time tends to leave the viewer
in a state of unrest. Even so,
the story involved is very com-
pelling, and the electric per-
formances by Al Pacino as the
exhibitionistic "brains" of the
operation and John Caselle as
his silent, psychotic sidekick
make this a better film than it
perhaps deserves. ***
Hustle - (State) - A talky
but surprisingly diverting police
detective flick starring Burt
Reynolds and Catherine De-
neuve. The film kind of meand-
ers along, but contains a strong
story line and reasonably taught
Robert Aldrich direction. It is
also a show in which Big Burt
foes not go smirking triumph-
antly off into the sunset-which
itself may be worth the price
)f admission. ***
The Killer Elite-(The Movies,
Briarwood) - Why does Sam
Peckinnah seem more and more
a parody of himself? Has he em-
oarked on a conscious campaign
of self-humiliation, or have his
;:reative juices run so dry that
he is really unaware of what
he's doing to his recent films?
His latest is a tired re-hash on
his usual theme of rugged indi-
vidualists selling out to -some
sinister monolith, this time mod-
ernized to incorporate the current
pop theme of the CIA as villain.
On this occasion, paid govern-
ment killer Robert Duvall de-
fects to the highest bidder, as
former co-killer James Caan
hunts him down. All very grim,
straight-laced stuff, but conduct-
d in such a frenzied, satirical
style that one can't believe Peck-
inpah was taking it seriously -
or was he? Either a very funny
or very sad enterprise depending
on how you look at it. ***
A Woman Under the Influence
- (Cinema II, Angel Aud. A,
7 & 9:45 - John Cassavetes'
searing, merciless study of non-
communicative marriage, with
Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk
working the director's impro-

Ott Gould gives his finest per- foothold in an increasingly ni-
formance to date in a film. **** hilistic social structure. The
The Sting-(Barsley W. Cafe- film's prevailing theory that
teria, 8:30 only) - What can moral perversion led to the poli-
one say? If you're looking for tical insanity of the times may
a slick, computerized plastic be questioned, but Bertolucci's
movie, then George Roy Hill's directorial abilities are so awe-
pre-programmed flick admirab- some that they totally envelop
ly fills the bill. If, on the other any thematic shortcoming that
hand, you enjoy thoughtful, seri- may exist. A perverse and bril-
ous studies of the human condi- liant film. ****
tion, then The Sting and the mil- MUSIC
lions it has made should stand Loma Linda-Mixed Bag, jazz,
as a not-so-symbolic menace to 9:30-1:30, no cover.
any progression of film toward Sure Thing - Purple Gang,
a genuine art form. As econom- rock, 9-2, no cover.
ic hard times increase, a long- Chances Are - All In Love,
debated question looms large: rc k, 9, $1 to $1.50.
Are films legitimate artistic EVENTS
creations or simply big business The Robber Bridegroom -
assembly products complete The Acting Company's musical
with strict standard-formula-only based on , a short story by
themes? Only you, with your Edora Welty. Power Center,
patronage, can decide.
Butch Cassidy and the Sun- 3vilab. a $ . ndTickets $7still.
dance Kit - (Mediatrics, Nat. availabl atd $3,5.50and $7.r-
Sci. Aud., 7:30 & 9:30)-George Proctora 5 and Bergman in per-
Roy Hill night continues. This son - Matrix Theater. Also the
film is the original Sting,oes.nly Professionals comedy group and
coiderably mor e palpable. Firseign Theater films, 7 & 9:30.
conHill's direction is as soulless as Faculty Chamber Concert -.
ever, but the script is first-rate works by Milhaud, Britten,
and the visual atmosphere much Poulenc and Chausson. Rack-
less claustrophobic. The first- ham Aud.; 4 p.m.
time Redford-Newman matchup
is exciting and funny, whereas
down in a stale, used-up rou-
tine.*** MONDAY,
The Seventh Seal - (Cinema NJA ARY
Guild, Arch. Aud., 7 & 9:05)-
A small group of travelers in Nothing scheduled
12th-century Sweden struggles music
to escape the symbolic figure of Blind Pig - Boogie oogie
death during the ravages of the Red, blues, 9, $1.
Black Plague. One of the most Chances Are - Mojo Bcogie
significant films ever made; Band,, rock, 9, $1 to $1.50.
Ingmar Bergman's masterwork Golden Falcon - Silvertones,
essentially defined the term blues, 9:30, $1.
"art film," and paved the way Loma Linda - JB and Com-
for acceptance of this personal- pany, 9:30-1:30, no cover.-
ized cinematic form throughout
the world. The Seventh Seal hasd
inspired so many imitations
(and, in some cases, parodies)
that some of its images may TUESDAY JANUARY 20
seem a little overripe now, but JNAR
the film is still tremendously IIE, r
powerful stuff. **** Ivan the Terrible, Part I -
Harold and Maude - (New (Cinema Guild, Arch. Aud., 7
World, MLB 3 at 7 & 9, MLB only) - Eisenstein's huge epic
4 at 8 & 10)-Once again Bud of the Russian tyrant, here pre-
Cort learns how to live, live! sented as a rather heroic figure.
As H & M once again makes The film is characterized by a
money, money! The cultural kind of grand opera style that
phenomenon surrounding t h i s takes the American viewer a
warmed-over little hedonistic little getting used to, but grandly
wet dream continues unabated, entertaining. More comprehen-
as new generations of Ann Ar- sible when seen in its entirety,
borites get sucked into the cult: so you ought to show up for
"The greatest film I've ever Part II next week. ***
seen!" "It makes you feel so Birth of a Nation - (Ciema
good!" Two thoughts come to Guild, Arch. Aud., 9:05 only)-
mind: 1) Why must the only The movies' first superfilm -
criteria of a great picture be The Civil War and its aftermath
that it makes you "feel good"? seen through the eyes of D. W.
2) Just what is there to feel so Griffith. Rather creaky after 60
good about from this archly self- years, and certainly embarras-
superior fantasy which sneer- sing in its racial-political per-
ingly dismisses anyone over spectives, but still an absolute
twenty or under eighty as either must for anyone interested in
an idiot or a fascist, or prefer- the evolution of film. ***
ably both? Get wise, folks; so The Seven Samurai - (Ann
many fine, neglected films come Arbor Film Co-op, Ang. Aud. A,
and go swiftly in this town- 7:30 onlv)-Kurosawa's film of
surely we can latch on to some- seven Samurai warriors who
thing better to worship than an save a Japanese town from
insufferably inflated phony like domination by tyrannical ban-
this one. dits. One of the most stirring
MUSIC action films ever made, inspir-
BWind Pio Dave Workman! _- r_


reality. Belle de Jour is based,'
as is the popular Discreet
Charm of the Bourgeoisie, on
dreams-vs-reality, but is lower-
keyed and munch more subtle.
From the opening, violent dream
to the tantalizing, ambiguous
finale, Bunuel's craftsmanship
spins its wonderful, amorphous
web. An exquisite film. ****
Harry and Tonto - (New
World, Nat. Sci. Aud., 7 & 9:15)
- An elderly man is ousted
from his apartment by a housing
project. He rejects living with
his children, and decides to take
off cross-country with his loyal
cat to see what's happening in
America. Probably the best of
all the "road" films; Paul Maz-
ursky's script flirst with but
never slips ino the mawkish
sentimentality often inherent in
films of this kind. Harry is a
tough old coot, and the movie
reflects his nature. Art Carney
gives the performance of his
life as Harry, and richly de-
served his subsequently unex-
pected Academy Award. ****
The Groove Tube - (Matrix,
7 & 9:30) - See Tuesday Cin-
Blind Pig - Aldaberan, jazz,
9, $1.
Chances Are - Cheap Trick,
rock, 9, $1 to $1.50.
Ark - David Bromberg, folk,
8 and 10:30 (doors open at 7:30),
Loma Linda - JB and Com-
pany, 9:30-1:30, no cover.
The Lady Eve - (Cinema
Guild, Arch. Aud., 9 only) -
Preston Sturges comedy, with
Henry Fonda and Barbara Stan-
Last Tango in Paris - (Ann
Arbor Film Co-op, Angell Aud.
A, 7 & 9:15) - The most con-
troversial film of the '70's,
which has perhaps suffered from
a kind of critical backlash to
Pauline Kael's famous pre-
release super-rave in 1972. The
accepted "in" position today
seems to be to categorize the
film as a good but decidedly
overrated effort. Well, I think
Kael is absolutely right: Last
Tango is the most intimate
and at the same time most
flamboyant study of human re-
lationships in a motion picture.
One of the three or four most
important films ever made, and
also one of the best. ****
Harry 'and Tonto - (New
World, Nat. Sci. 7 & 9:15) -
See Wednesday Cinema.
The Groove Tube - (Matrix,
7 & 9:30) - See Tuesday Cin-
Sure Thing - Purple Gang,
rock, 9-2, $1.
Casa Nova - Him and I, 9-1,
no cover.
Blind Pig - Silvertones, blues,
9' $1.
Chances Are - Cheap Trick,
rock, 9, $1 to $1.50.
Golden Falcon - Melodioso,
jazz, 9:30, $1.
Loma Linda - JB and Com-
pany, 9:30-1:30, no cover.
Heidelberg Rathskeller-Mus-
tard's Retreat, folk, 9-1, no
Pretzel Bell - RFD Boys,
bluegrass, 9:30, $1.50.
f riday

Straw Dogs - (Mediatrics,
Nat. Sci. Aud., 7:30 & 9:30) -i
Sam Peckinpah's one truly great
film, and one of the most con-
plex and affecting motion pic-
tures ever made. An American
mathematician (Dustin Hoff-
man) moves with his wife to a!
small village in England in an
effort to escape U.S. civil vio-
lence, soon finds himself sur-
rounded by it in his new dwel-
ling place. An extremely contro-
versial film due to its notably
violent sequences, but th'3y are
a necessary part of Peckinpah's
exploration of the dark side of
man"s psyche. Is violence an
unavoidable element in the hu-
man soul,, and not necessarily a
negative element? When Hoff-
man, in the final scene, says "I
don't know the way home, i, is
Peckinpah questioning for ail of
us. He is not advocating - he is
simply asking. A magnificently
crafted film aided by Jerry
Fielding's brilliant m u s i c a l
score, which envelopes the audi-
ence like a coiled 'snake. ***
Last Tango In Paris - (Cin-
ema II, Angell Aud. A, 7 &
9:15) - See Thursday Cinema.
The Groove Tube - (Matrix,
7 & 9:30) - See Tuesday Cin-
Ark - Norman Blake, folk, 9,

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Chances Are - Cheap Trick,
rock, 9, $2 to $2.50.
Golden Falcon - Melodioso,
jazz, 9:30, $1.
Casa Nova - Him and I, 9-1,
no cover.
Sure Thing - Purple Gang,
rock, 9-2, $1.
She Stoops to Conquer - John
Houseman's Acting Company in
the classic old farce by OliverI
Goldsmith. Power Center, 8 p.m.
Tickets $3, $4.50, $.50, $6 and $7.

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j~nn ri "av vvi~aiii'ing a nutmber of spinoffs of j
Blues Band, 9, $1 which The Magnificent SevenG
Casa Nova - Him and I, 9-1, is the most famous. Believe me,
no cover the original is much, much bet-
Sure Thing (formerly Bimbo's- ter. Go see it. ****
Ypsi)--Purple Gang, rock, 9-2, The Groove Tube - (Matrix,
$1. 7 & 9:30) - Collection of satri-
Chances Are - City Boys, -cal skits intermingling sex and
rock, 8, $2 to 2.50. TV, about half of which are
Golden Faleon - Melodioso, funny. **
jazz, 9:30, $1. MUSIC
Loma Linda - Mixed Bag, Chances Are - Melodioso.
jazz, 9:30-1:30, no cover. jazz, 9, $1 to $1.50.
Heidelberg - Austrian Quar- Loma Linda - JB and Com-
tet, 9:30, no cover. pany, 9:30-1:30, no cover.
Heidelberg Rathskeller-Mus- Blind Pig - John Mooney and

vn L1IoI nbarAeintuensoa LU R -etard's Retreat, folk, 9-1, no Bob Weiner,, blues, 9, $1. FRIDAY, JANUARY 23
most unbearable intensity. Row- Bo'WiCINEMA, 9"_,-
lands is simply spectacular, de- cBibo'sv-Gaslighters, ragtime The Last Amern Hero and
servdig ngfer on rec- singalong, 6-1:30, 50c after 8. S Bad Company - (Ann Arbor
ord including the Oscar she Pretzel Bell -- RFD Boys, we a day Film Co-op, MLB 4, Hero at
Slaughterhouse-Five - (Mat- bluegrass, 10, $1.50. 1 7.15, Company at 9) - Two
rix, 7 & 9:30) - That rarest Ark - National Recovery Act WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 notably underrated Jeff Bridges
of happenings - a film which (with David Prine and Tyler CINEMA pictures of the early '70's. Hero
actually improves over the nov- Wilson), folk, 9, $2.50. Ivan the Terrible, Part I - describes the on-and-off-track
el on which it was based. Di- EVENTS (Cinema Guild, Arch. Aud., 7 exploits of a stock car driver
rector George Roy Hill (The The Robber Bridegroom - only) -See Tuesday Cinema. (Bridges), while Company tells
Sting, Waldo Pepper, etc.) dis- The Acting Company's musical Three Strange Loves - (Cin- the adventures of two sharply
plays a most uncharacteristic based on a story by Eudora ema Guild, Arch. Aud., 5:05 contrasting outlaws during the
sensitivity in depicting Billy Pil- Welty. Power Center,, 8 p.m. only) - Early Bergman film Civil War. Both pictures were
grim's travels through past, pre- Tickets still available for $3, from the 1940's. The second in given a "B"-picture promo play
sent and future, bringing to $5.50 and $7. a series of Cinema Guild show- when released earlier and both
Billy's story the scope and dig- ings of the (haster's initial ef- deserved much better. An ex-
nity that Kurt Vonnegut's indul- forts. cellent double bill, neither film
gent, self-conscious novel so sBelle de Jour - (Ann Arbor of which you'll probably get a
painfully lacked. A film deserv- Film Co-op, Angel Aud. A, 7 & 9) chance to see again for some
ing of anyone's attention, but -One of Bunuel's best films: A time. ***
they're simply showing it too SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 beautiful, wealthy young wife Holiday - (Cinema Guild,
often around here. ***** CINEMA (Catherine Deneuve) engages Arch. Aud., 9 only) - Not-well-
Little Murders-(Matrix, mid- A Woman Rebels - (Cinema in erotic, masochistic fantasies, known Hepburn-Grant comedy
night showing only) - The best II, Ang. Aud. A, 7 & 9) - This soon carries daydreams into of manners, but said to be very
black comedy since Dr. Strange- 1936 comedy could be termed
love, which unfortunately drop- the first Women's Lib film, as . ,
ped from sight swiftly after its a young woman (Katherine Hep-0c
release several years ago. Jules burn) in Victorian England cru-
Feiffer's fantasy of urban vio- sides for feminine rights. Qivte
lence is at the same moment funny. ***
wildly funny totally terrifying- The Conformist - (Cinema oO
perhaps too much for its original Guild, Arch. Aud., 7 & 9:05) - /O
audiences. Little Murders hope- Bernardo Bertolucci's film of a v ZUNI & NAVAJO JEWELRY r HAND WOVEN
Pailly may now gain the overdute young Italian who joins Muis-
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