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Saturday, Moy 29, 197

Page Four

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Violence a hit at Cannes


CANNES, France A'--Films
with violent themes got many
of the prizes at the Cannes
Film Festival yesterday, de-
spite a condemnation from
American playright Tennessee
Williams. president of the jury.
"Taxi Driver," an American
production directed by Martin
Scorsese, was chosen best film
of the festival. In the film, a
psychopathic cab driver plots
the assassination of a presi-
dential candidate and commits
murder to free a 12-year-old
prostitute from her pimp.
"W A T CII IN G violence
an the screen is a brutalizing
Ixperience for the spectator,"
Williams told a news confer-
ence. "Films should not take a
voluptuous pleasure in spilling
aloud and in lingering on ter-
ible cruelties as though one
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were at a Roman circus.
'Violence is an element of
human character and should
not be ignored, but in the fu-
ture I hope the cinema will
dwell less constantly on offen-
sive values without sacrificing
truth," he said.
The jury for the ecumenical
prize did not make an award,
saying, "The 1976 festival was
marked by grave and desperate
films, some of which reflect a
rare violence. We fear that vio-
lence will answer violence and
that instead of denouncing it,
these scenes will lead our soci-
ety to a new escalation."
TIlE PRIZE for best male
acting went to Jose-Luis Gomez
for his role in the Spanish film
"Pascual Duarte," in which a
dog is shot and a mule butcher-
ed. At a news conference, direc-
tor Ricardo Franco Rubio said
the scenes had not been faked.
The female acting award
was shared by Dominique Sa-
nia of France for "L'Heritage
de Bolognini" and Mari Tore-
ski of Hungary for "Where Are
You Mrs. Dory?"
Ettore Scola of Italy won the
prize for best direction for
"Ugly Dirty and Mean," which
showed members of a Roman

shantytown family trying to
murder the half-blind chief of
their clan.
THERE WAS a marked drop
in pornographic movies at the
festival. The showing of one
hard-core feature, "Sock jt to
Mr. Baby," was ended after
a reel or two.
The sensation of the two-
week directors' festival was
the Japanese "Emprie of the
Senses" by Nagisa Oshima, in
which a woman castrates her
lover. A dozen extra projections
were needed to satisfy the cur-
In the critics' week showings,
Henry Jaglem's "Tracks," rep-
resenting the United States,
told of a Vietnam veteran who
returns home to shoot down
anyone who comes in range of
his machine gun.
THE CANNES Festival is a
mammoth film market attend-
ed by representatives of all
sectors of the industry. In ad-
dition to the films shown in the
competition, p r o d u c e r s
in search of distributors hire
local* theaters to show their
An Anthrax epidemic killed
thousands in Rome in 80 A.D.

MAY 29
Coconuts-(Cinema II, 7:30 &
9:30)-The Marx Brothers' first
cinematic venture comes across
like a photographed stage play
(which, indeed, it was), but was
hilarious then and still is today
-nearly half a century later.
Underground-(Cinema Guild,
Arch. Aud., 7:30, 8:30 & 10)-
A recent documentary film fo-
cusing on some of the remaining
American revolutionaries in the
U.S. Underground and its mak-
ers ran afoul of FBI investiga-
tions and subpoenas, and as a
result the film has been exhib-
ited in only a handful of places.
This is Ann Arbor's premiere
of a picture featuring a good
deal of Ann Arbor-spawned ac-
tivity, and thus should prove
quite interesting.
MAY 30
Robin hood - (Cinema Guild,
Arch. Aud., o8only) - Douglas
Fairbanks' silent film version of
the English outlaw-hero. Admis-
sion is free,
MAY 31
Memorial Day
Nothing scheduled.
Fires on the Plain-(Ann Ar-
bor Film Co-op, Ang. Aud. A, 7
only)-View of World War II
at $1.00 per hour
Sat. thru Mon.
OPEN 1 p.m.

from the Japanese side, direr
ed by Kon Ichikawa.
Rashomon-(Ann Arbor Fl
Co-op, Ang. Aud. A, 9 only)
Kurosawa's most famous filb.
a study of a rape-murder in
Japanese forest seen throe
the perspectives of four diffe
ent people. This examination
the relativity of truth is one
the greatest of all cinema
works, and not to be missed
doesn't come around here ye
City Lights-(Ann Arbor l
Co-op, Ang. Aud. A, 7 & 9)
Chaplin's L i t tle Tramp
friends a blind flowergirl, ul
mately sacrifices all in ord
to give her a sight-saving o
ation. Probably the most f
ous Chaplin feature and certa
ly the most definitive exam
of his unique blend of farce a
pathos. This one's perhaps
little too weepy in spots,
is justly revered and thoroug
Monty Python and the I
Grail - (People's Bicentenn
Commission, MLB, 7 & 9)-
Python crew takes on the
thurian Legend. Predictab
some of it's hilarious, much
it just sophomoric. You'll pt
ably enjoy it, as long as
don't set your standiird-
Woodstock-(Ann Arbor 1
Co-op, Ang. Aud. A, 0:36
9:45)-Nostalgia trip, came
drama, sociological study
beyond those, Woodstock
purely and simply the best d
mentary film ever Iade
America a b o u t Americo
film to be seen again
new fine arts center will be
tablished ,in the dnt isa I
Angeles area, accordiisg 'u
lantic Richfield Co., d fhi)
providing finainciat suppert
the facility.
The center is exlpeCtd
open by May 1.

"Should the Church Be Political?"
8:00 p.m.-Sunday, May 30
Ecumenical Campus Center
between Hill and Oskiand
NEXT SUNDAY: Feminism, Relition and Social Justice

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