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Freddy; June 6, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

FridayJune 6 1975 HE MICIGANcDILY PaenFv
t y+ r { - rr 'Scenes:' Love even

survives marriage

By ELAINE FLETCHER
In the old story of marital
breakups, long bedroom battles
with a lover or spouse typical-
ly lead to nothing better than
nights on the living room couch.
However, from time to time
a couple like Johann and Mari-
anne in Ingmar Bergman's lat-
est film, "Scenes from a Mar-
riage" (playing tonight in An
g-ell Hall), manage to wade
through their pool of backbiting
and disagreement to come to a
new understanding of each oth-
er.
WHILE TOGETHER, hang-
ups and insecurities exist in the
personalities of Johann and
Marianne. These two charac-
ters deserve their due for hav-
ing made the crucial changes
that salvaged at least a part of
their relationship - many peo-
pfe in real life don't.
The problems which arise in
the seven scenes from this cou-
ple's marriage are rather con-
ventional in spite of their highly
intellectual lifestyle. Marianne
doesn't enjoy sex and has long
asserted that it doesn't matter
in a relationship.
Johann, who initially seems
to enjoy his situation of mar-
riage minus passion, has ,after
five years of buried resent-
ment, taken on a lover and fled
to Paris.
A L T H O U G H this cou-
ple has now embarked on life
apart from one another, both
long at times to return to the
comfortable old married life
of dinner at six and sex twice
a week at ten. However, nei-
ther succumbs to this tempta-
tion.
Instead, seven years later,
Johann and Marianne are offic-
ially divorced and remarried
(not to each other), yet making

a weeKend escape from their
respective spouses - a spon-
taneous escapade they would
have been less than capable of
at the time of their marriage.
Overall, the film maintains a
strong, seadv pace wih a co-
hesive story line that is tightly
tied to everyday reality. And
Bergman has succeeded in de-
monstrating through the cou-
ple's sexual evolution, that the
inability to deal with sex as a
vital part of a relationship can
lead to a slow and silent poison-
ing of feelings.
As Marianne wretches herself
from a ten-year dependency on
her husband, she also takes a
lover and begins to write about
herself, reviewing the relation-
ship with Johann as well as the
conflicts between her role as an
attorney, in a "man's world,"
and her damaged self-concep-
tion as a woman, unable to en-
joy sex.
LIV ULMANN'S ability to
play the role of the insecure,
uptight young wife is unques-
tionable. Her facial expressive-
ness on camera lends a por-
trait-like quality to the closeup
and wide angle shots used al-
most exclusively.
Marianne, comes a long way
toward newly - discovered sex-
nal pleasure in the course of the
film as well as an ability to
think of herself as a full human
being.
Although the film leans heav-
ily on verbiage, it never be-
comes tedious. Coupled with
filming that relates the story
only through short glimpses at
the points of tension in their
relationship, it expresses both
the emotional as well as intel-
lectual conflicts between Jo-
hann and Marianne.

What goes up...
While on maneuvers recently, Shannon Schutz, 5, protected his flanks as well as his rear. lie is
a beginner on his way to top billing at the roller derby. But it seems that he is currently best at
protecting his primary point of impact.
Hart will1 not seek
H nn t
r1rilW enate em

(Continued from Page1)
"I think clearly theRepubli-
cans have a good shot at the
Senate seat in 1976," Milliken
told an informal news conferen-
ce. "I don't think the Demo-
cratic party has any monopoly
on candidates and issues."
FOUR Democrats have been
prominently mentioned as pros-
pective candidates - U.S. Reps.
Donald Riegle of Flint and
William Ford of Taylor, Attor-
ne' General Franktelley and
Secretary of State Richard
Austin.
Riegle, who sought the GOP
nomination for Hart's seat in
1970 before switching parties,
said last week he was "serious-
ly inclined" to entering the
race.
The only Republicans who
have expressed interest in run-
ning are U. S. Reps. Marvin
Esch .of Ann Arbor and Philip
Ruppe of Houghton, and Uni-
versity of Michigan Regent
Deane Baker, a perennial can-
didate.
STATE GOP chairman Wil-
liam McLaughlin said he felt
that former Lt. Gov. James
Brickley, now president of East-
ern M i c h i g a n University

"would be an outstanding can-
didate." Other Republicans
said Brickley is not interested.
There was believed to be
some conservative support for
former U. S. Rep. Robert Hu-
ber, defeated for re-election
last year after just one term
in Congress.
On the Democratic side, en-
tering the primary would be a
political gamble for Kelley and
Austin, who would have to re-
sign their current posts before-
hand. This would not be the
case for congresspersons or
state legislators.
THE retirement of the 64-
year-old Hart also gives some
of the "comers" in the Demo-
cratic party a chance to test
their strength.
Winograd said there are nu-
merous potential candidates in
this category.
These include U. S. Rep.
Richard VanderVeen, the man
who ended 25 years of Republi-
can dominance in President
Ford's old congressional dis-
trict, Michigan House Speaker
Bobby Crim of Davison and for-
mer assistant Watergate pro-
secutor William Merrill.

CATHERINE DENEUVE in 1966
LE CREATURES (FRENCH)
This is the Ann Arbor premiere of woman director Agnes Varda's complex
tale of the supernatural. Fantasy and reality become intertwined when a
writer and his wife take an island house. The writer plays an allegorical-a
game of chess with a magnician-the island's inhabitants serve as pawns
whose pastimes are controlled by the game's movements. Also starring
Michel Piccoli and Eva Dahlbeck.
SAT.: Kurosawa's RED BEARD (at 8 only)
MON.: Kmugasa's PAGE OF MADNESS (free at 8)
CINEMA GUILD TONIGHT AT OLD ARCH. AUD.
7:30 & 9:30 ADM. ONLY $1

ATTENTION-Voters
in WARD 1, PCT. 2
Because of construction at South Quad,
your pollir~g place has been moved from
Sotth Quad to West Quad for the Annual
School Election, Monday, June 9, 1975
ONLY.

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