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June 06, 1975 - Image 5

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Freddy; June 6, 1975


Page Five

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

survives marriage

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-
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-
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
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
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
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-
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.

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)
7:30 & 9:30 ADM. ONLY $1

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


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