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Wednesday, June 7, 1972

Page Two THEMICHIGAoDAILYWednesdy, June7,197
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McGovern wins 3 states

(Continued from Page 1)
Henry Jackson (D-Wash.), three
per cent, Rep. Shirley Chisholm
(D-N.Y.), two per cent.
McGovern captured his home
state's 17 delegates to the Demo-
cratic National Convention with-
out opposition in yesterday's
South Dakota primary.
President Nixon won the 14
GOP convention delegates with-
out opposition.
Sen. James Eastland (D-
Miss.) easily won renomination
in the Democratic primary yes-
terday to a sixth term, and civil
rights figure James Meredith
was defeated in a bid -for the
Republican nomination.
Eastland, who had waged his
most spirited campaign since
1954, jumped into the lead with
the first returns and quickly out
distanced both attorney Taylor
Webb of Leland and state Rep.
Louis Fondren of Moss Point.
Businessman Gil Carmichael
of Meridian whipped Meredith of
Jackson, whose enrollment in the
University of Mississippi in the
96es attracted national atten-
tion, for the Republican nomina-
tion and the right to oppose East-
land in the November general
1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Today Is
75c until 5 p.m.
XY& aZee

Two independents have al-
ready announced for the race.
Meredith led in six of the 82
counties, all of them areas with
heavy black voting strength.
With 2,e03 of 2,522 voting units
reporting, the Democratic vote
was Eastland 149,109 or 69.8 per
cent, Webb 51,375 or 24.0 per
cent and Fondren 13,242 or 6.2
per cent.
The Democratic turnout was
almost 10 times heavier than the
GOP vote.
In other Senate nomination
-Republican Sen. Clifford Case
of New Jersey easily won re-
nomination. Paul Krebs, a for-
mer Congressman, won the Dem-
ocratic nomination . to oppose
-Rep. James Abourezk won
Democratic nomination to the
Senate in South Dakota. The Re-
publican race was not decided.
The seat is now held by ailing
retiring Sen. Karl Mundt.
--JacksDaniels, a banker and
former state legislator, won a
25-way race for Democratic Sen-
ate nomination in New Mexico.
Pete Domenici of Albuquerque
was the Republican choice to
seek the seat of retiring Sen.
Clinton Anderson.
-Sen. Lee Metcalf swept to
Democratic renomination in
Montana. Helena rancher Henry
Hibbard led in the Republican

X, Y, and Zee bored the hell
out of me the first time I saw it.
Yet, lookirg back, I thought I
had seen glimmers of themes
that someone, somewhere, some-
how had injected into this rau-
cous, bloated mess of a movie.
Themes like the impossibility of
honesty, the difficulty of self-
liberation, the totality of human
role-playing, etc, etc, etc.
After all, some reasonably in-
telligent mind could have con-
ceived the basic outline and then
passed it on to grossly inferior
hands. Zee (Liz Taylor) and
Robert Blakely (Michael Caine)
are unliberated, party people.
Philanderers both, but firmly
attached to each other. Stella
(Susannah York), a young wid-
ow, is also a feminine type:
docile, vulnerable, defenseless.
Stella hits it off with Bobby at
a swinging soiree, and Zee,
jealous, possessive bitch that she
is, declares war. Zee's tactics: a
sudden flight to Spain, designed
to send Robert into a rage; an
even more sudden return to
London the following night, one
that spoils Bobby's romantic
plans; an auto accident that
somewhat ruins the lovers'
weekend Scottish tryst; and ul-
timately, as one might expect, a
failed attempt at suicide.
Is there an answer for this
happy trio? A light begins to
glimmer when Stella agrees to
visit Zee in the hospital during
her suicide convalescence. The
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two achs):(- an honest, open
rapport unlike anything seen
thus far in the film. No ap-
parent role playing here. Stella
shyly tells Zee of her Lesbian
tendencies. Zee tells Stella of an
event from her past that she
has never had the courage to
tell anyone previously.
Inevitably, Zee comes to
Stella's apartment and seduces
the girl. True love at last?
Hardly. Robert happens over to
the apartment, sees his wife
answer the door, views Stella in
bed, and slowly, confusedly be-
gins to comprehend what has
happened. Zee smiles a bitchy,
scheming, victorious smile. Stel-
la buries her head in the pillow.
The End.
Certainly, there are possibili-
ties here for a cynical film about
all those themes I've mentioned
and more. Add some lines like,
"I'm sick of the way I'm ex-
pected to be," and, "Her whole
life is a lie," and those ghosts
of themes might actually seem
to exist. Masochist that I am, I
went back to X, Y, and Zee to
search for ghosts.
No such phantoms exist. X, Y,
and Zee is an irredeemable 200
megatonner.- The movie is one
big gimmick from its cutesy
title to the opening shot (white
ping pong ball against black
background, then slow motion
shot of Liz frantically gyrating
in an attempt to make the
paddle meet the ball) to the
closing one (stills of the three
stars intercut while Three Dog

Night blares on the soundl k.
Brian lutton's direction is care-
less and flashy, a poor attempt
at a VirWoni. Woolf-style shock
treatment that just doesn't
work. "Frankly, Scarlett, I don't
give a shit," coming from the
mouth of Liz Taylor might have
had an effect in the mid '60's,
but it doesn't now.
All this is compounded by the
film's terrible miscasting, Liz
does her Virginia Woolf thing-
the bitch with the heart of brass
-and does it more hysterically
than before. She is shrill and
unsubtle, unsympathetic and
seemingly invulnerable, when
the character she plays should
be exactly the opposite. Michael
Caine does a smooth rehash of
Alfie. He too is slick, relying on
a small collection of mannered
expressions rather than trying
for a more varied and genuine
style of acting. Susannah York,
pretty, fragile, and defenseless,
is more closely fitted to her role
(though I'll be damned if I can
see why anyone as youthful as
she would be attracted to the
paunchy, sagging, middle-aged
Blakely's). Yet she too fails to
project the depth or sensitivity
demanded by the role.
As for those themes and things
I thought I'd seen; set a monkey
at a typewriter and he just
might come up with a word. I'll
be damned if those stereotypes
were intended as such or if
those conversations about hon-
esty and other peoples' expecta-
tions were conceived with any
larger purpose in mind.

U.S. court overturns
Richmond busing order

as taught by

(Continued from Page 1)
sible to integrate schools real-
istically and fairly only by go-
ing outside the city's boundaries.
"Only a plan that encompas-
es all or part of the metropoli-
tan area can guarantee the con-
stitutional rights of all the peo-
ple in that district," he h a s
said in explaining why he pro-
poses consolidation of Detroit
schools with surrounding sub-
Judge Robert Merhige Jr. of
Richmond, who was reversed
yesterday by the circuit court,
concluded there were too fewv
whites left - Richmond is about
75 per cent black - to do any-
thing meaningful about school de-
segregation without reaching out
to mainly white Henrice and
Chesterfield Counties.
A similar solution appears in
the offing in Indianapolis, At-
lanta and elsewhere as judges
wrestle with the fact big-city
schools reflect the growing black
character of the population.
The question is one the Su-

preme Court will have to resolve.
However, its answer will not
come until after the new school
year has begun - and probably
after the 1972 presidential ele-
The justices already have post-
poned until next winter t h e i r
consideration of a school case
from Denver that could clear the
air considerably. It calls for a
more precise definition of of-
ficially sanctioned segregation.
Federal judges are not about
to erase political boundaries or
to order children onto b u s e s
without evidence of segregation
by official action, or at ]east
purposeful inaction.
As Chief Justice Warren Sure-
er said last year about the
Charlotte, N.C., school case: "It
is important to remember that
judicial powers may be exercis-
ed only on the basis of a con-
stitutional violation."
The high court never h a s
stated directly whether judges
can consolidate adjoining school
districts to accomplish integra-
Whether the judges have pow-
er to restructure the inernal
government of a state alsom ust
await the outcome of the ex-
pected appeal in the Richmond
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