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Happenings (condiiuu ed)

f. oil;Ilit rc "i fr(,: 1,; ' . -
sophical treatise on moan's need
for illusion in the absence of
God - and it winds up being
not enough of either.
The Wild One -- (An >Arbor
Filmn Co-op, MLB 3, 7:15S oly)
The first of the bike epics,
and probably the best "bad'
movie ever made Supercool
but vulnerable Marlon Bhrando
and his cycle gang invade a
small Western town wretch-
edlh made, but determinedly
outlandish and wonderful. If one
were to pick a film for a 100-
year time capsule, this one
wotldn't be an illogical choice
On the Waterfront - (Ann
Arbor Film Co-op, MI 3, 9
only) - This prize-winning film
of longshoreman corruption was
supposedly created by writer
Budd Schulberg and director
Elia Kazan as a justification
for naming names to the ('om
munist witch - hunting commit
tees of the time. Such dubious

mooraliin aside, the film itself
is one of the most finely-crafted
and toughminded of all Ameri-
can cinema ,and deserving of
every award it received.
Alice in Wonderland -- (Anne
Arbor Film Co-op, MLB 4, 7,
8:45 & 10:30) - The rock-bot-
tom worst of the Disney amal-
gamate s literary hatchet jobs
this time bowdlerizing Lewis
C arroll's satirical wonder into
a dull TV-level cartoon com-
plete with detergent - white an-
motion that doesn't hold a can-
dle to the book's original illus-
trations - local publicity
blutrbs otlwithstanding.
Murmur of the Iheart -
(Cinema II, Ang. Aud. A, 7:30
& 9:30) - Louis Malle film
about a French teenager and
his life with his family. The pic-
ture has achieved some meas-

ure of fame for its un-sensation-
ai-zed treatment of incest, but
is reportedly a fine film above
and beyond its taboo theme.
Looney Tunes Rev iew -- (Peo-
ples' Bicentennial Commission,
Nat. Sci. Aud., Part 1 at 7 & 10,
Part 17 at 8:30 only) - Two-
part collection of some of War-
ner Bros. best animation.
McCabe and Mrs. Miller --
(('inena Guild, Arch Aud.,
7:30 & 9:30t - See Friday
Foolish Wives - (Cinema
Guild, Arch. Aud., 8 only) -
Silent film by Erich Von Stro-
heim, dealing with a family of
con artists who prey on rich
women on the Riviera. Adnios-
sion is free.

The Last Detail - (Ann Ar-
bor Film Co-op, Ang. Aud. A,
7 & 9) - A slick, entertaining
tragi - comedy about the adyes-
any of two Nvavy MP's and a
likeable, born - victim prisoner
they -transport to a far-away
Ness' England brig. Jack Nichol-
son and Otis Young are excel-
lent as the MP's but are over-
shadowed by the remarkable
Randy Quaid as their young,
gullible ward. *
Arthur Penn: Themes and
Variants - (Summer Film -
Showcase, MILB 3, 7:30 only) -
A rarely - seen 8970 documen-
tary on a premier American di-
rector. The study chronicles
Penn's filmmaking career with
many excerpts from his work
Bonnie and Clyde, etc.) and,
utilizing shots of the director at
labor, provides an unusual first
hand view of the often tedious
but passionate dedication that
goes into creating a motion pic-
Most remarkable is a se-
quence showing Penn watching
one of his films on TV (The
Left - landed Gun), and agon-
izing over the shoddy ending
studio executives forced him

and Faibano)
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Friday, July 16, 1976
to tack on in place of his orig-
inal, vastly superior climax,
Penn's helpless, visibly raging
anguish strikes home as no
printed word could the eternal
art-v-business paradox which
has hamstrung every American
director from Griffith through
Altman, with no real solution
in sight.
The absorbing profile is easily
the best film bargain of the
week - it's free Don't miss
it ' -
Masbeth and Mary, Queen of
Scotts - (Ann Arbor Film Co-
op, Ang. Aud. A, Macbeth at
7:00, Mary at 9:30) - A pair
of failed films, for diametrical
ly opposing reasons: Polanski's
production of Macbeth received
considerable criticism for the
undue amounts of gore spilled
across much of the film, but
actually his sometimes garish
stylistics provide a rather re-
freshing offbeat alternative
to the more traditional interpre
tations of The Bard.
The film's problems lies in
its performances. It is incon
ceivable that the two unfortu
nates playing Lord and Lady
Masbeth ever took an acting
lesson in their lives - their
portrayals are so stoney, so
utterly devoid of the remotest
comprehension of or compas-
sion for their characters, that
the entire story collapses on
their incompetent shoulders and
crumples into triviality.
Mary, Queen of Scotts is sad-
died with a reverse albatross:
The high - powered dramatic
duo of Vanessa Redgrave and
Glenda Jackson struggle vali-
antly to breathe life into the
historical Queen Mary-Queen
Elizabeth conflict, but are de-
feated by a script and produc-
tion as stodgy as any textbook
ever foisted on a ninth-grade
history class.
It all adds up to an evening
of fine directing and fine acting;
unfortunately . . **
Camelot - (Ann Arbor Film
Co-op, Ang. And. A, 7 & 9:45)-
This screen version of the
Broadway musical received al-
most unanimous critical brick-
bats at the time of its release.
but really isn't all that bad. If
one can tolerate Richard Har-
ris' soupy King Arthur plus
the elimination of many of the
best songs, the show's deeply
moving story line remains eq
sentially intact. ***
209 Motels-(Ann Arbor Film
Coop, Aug. And. A, 7 & 9) -
Frank Zappa's exercise in self-
congratulatory foolishness, mas-
querading as an expressionist
profundity. For hard-core be-
lievers and masochists only.*

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