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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, June 6, 11972 A

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Adrift: A good Czech film

Jury Prize
Award Winner
1972 Cannes
Festival
"SLAUGHTERHOUSE-
FIVE"

By CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS
The Czechoslovakian "n e w
wave" reached the United States
in the early sixties. Directors
like Jan Kadar, jiri Menzel,
Milos Forman and Ivan Passer
brought to the screen films of
sensitivity and social awareness
that most Americans thought im-
possible from an Eastern Euro-
pean country.
Two films - Jan Kadar's
Shop on Main Street with i t s
stirring anti-fascist theme and
Jiri Menzel's Closely Watched
Trains, a story of an adolescent
growing up in Nazi-occupied
Czechoslovakia - -won Acad-

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emy Awards, besides being ex-
cellent films.
But with the Soviet invasion
of 1968, the Czech "new wave"
ended. Milos Forman, Jan Kad-'
ar, and Ivan Passer ended up
in the United States and t h e
Czech film industry regressed
to circa 1950, producing party
propaganda films.
In the United States, t h e
Czech directors produced a
chain of mediocre commercial
films, including Angel Levine
and Loves of a Blonde.
Adrift, directed by Kadar, is
the last film of the Czech "new
wave." Shot mostly during the
summer of 1968 before the Rus-
sian invasion, assembled and re-
leased three years later, it is
finally reaching large movie
audiences in the United States.
It is a traditional film which
displays Kadar's masterful com-
mand of the cinematic medium.
The film is based on a novel by
the Hungarian, Lajos Zilahy,
which provides the framework
for the tense psychological tone
of the movie.
The story is circular and un-
folds as a disjointed, often fuz-
zy, flashback. A poor fisherman
rescues a beautiful girl f r o m
the Danube River and his wife
nurses her back to health. The
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girl remains a mystery to the
couple - they know nothing of
her past, only her name, Anada.
Anada remains with the fam-
ily as a companion for the fish-
erman's wife, but becomes the
cause of discord within the fam-
ily. The husband is torn be-
tween love for his young and
not unattractive wife and the
beauty of the mysterious strang-
er.
Tension increases for the hus-
band until his wife comes down
with typhus. He decides to pois-
on his wife with an overdose of
her medicine. However, just as
he is about to give his wife the
lethal dose, Anada disappears in-
to the river for a second a n d
final tine. After a frantic search,
the husband realizes that Anada
is gone and then suddenly re-
members the poison he had left
for his wife.
In the final sequence he rush-
es toward his home as the cam-
era pulls away - and his house
fades farther and farther into
the background. Presumably, he
has lost both his wife and the
stranger he never quite pos-
sessed.
Jan Radar is best known for
Shop on Main Street, a film
that reduced the ominous as-
pects of fascism to a personal
level. Adrift operates on t h i s
same personal level but with a
more romantic theme. Its classic
structure, of man pursuing an
unobtainable beauty has univer-
sal implications.

The setting adds to the ambi-
ance of the story. The country-
side of the Danube River and
the everglades north of Bratis-
lava are richly captured by the
images of Vladimir Novotny.
Rade Markovic and Milena Dra-
vic provide intense and believ-
able performance.
Levels of reality are import-
ant in Adrift and the film moves
freely between actual events and
those interrupted by the fisher-
man's imagination. It is the
viewer's own ability or desire
to be caught in the film's flow
of events which determine his
level of interest.
For some people Adrift may
not be an easy film to under-
stand, but it's worth taking the
time.
Four arrests
for Diag dig
(Continued from Page 1)
. Plamondon also announced
before turning herself in, that
"the Tribal Council has decided
that the weekend of July 16 and
17 would be a good time to do
the whole thing over again."
"Some people are even talking
of covering the whole city with
bomb craters," she added later.
At last night's City Council
meeting, DeGrieck criticized the

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