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January 13, 1980 - Image 6

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Ann ArborCivic Ballet
In celebration of. its Silver Anniversary, the
Civic Ballet will be performing "AURORA'S
WEDDING" at Power Center Theatre in the
Auditions Wed., January 16
7:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sylvia Studio, 525 E. Liberty-668-8066
(Male and female dancers must be 14 years of age. Pointe shoes
required for audition.

Page 6-Sunday, January 13, 1980-The'MichiganDaily




Our national standard of mediocrity,
fostered by television and the vast
majority of motion pictures released
from the faith studior, causes all con-,
temporary manifestations of mere ar-
tistic respectability to shine with an
unearthly light.
Is it really so extraordinary when

Musical Stager
Stage Manager
Technical Director
Business Manager
Publicity Director
Props Master'

Musical Director
Vocal Director
Set Designer
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer

producers and directors come out with
a product that doesn't reek of commer-
cialism, cheapness, and cloying
cuteness? Apparently, because
whenever a fairly good film is
released-such as Kramer vs. Kramer
from Columbia Pictures-the major
critics burst blood vessels shouting that


the work is a remarkable breakthrough
worthy of much note.
Indeed, Kramer vs. Kramer deserves
such attention, but not because of any
rare artistic genius. It is a serious,
thoughtful American film that does not
descend to simplicity and sen-
sationalism to sell tickets. How very
virtuous I
What nicer way to indicate to the
public that the film is very "real" and
"adult" than to give it an impossibly
dull title; a title that sounds like a
wrestling card? Behind this title, for-
tunately, is a story of frustration, love,
and the complex conflicts between
estranged martial partners. Dustin
Hoffman plays Ted Kramer, a rising
advertising executive-goodhearted
but misdirected-who places his career
interests ahead of those of his wife and
young son in the mistaken belief that
what is good for him is eventually going
to be good for them. Even as the film
begins, Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep)
is walking out the front door for good
(the precise nature of the domestic con-'
flict and attempts at resolution are
wholly unclear) to begin a new life
absorbtion has blinded him such that he'
is genuinely puzzled by his wife's
behavior, and is initially convinced that
she will return home soon. The
premise, then, of Kramer is that true
professional success in today's business
world is not especially compatible with
being a good family person. Com-
promises are necessary, and com-
promises are at the root of the film,

Applications Available at the UAC Office,
2105 in the Michigan Union
DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JAN.'17th-5:00 p.m.

Star Dustin Hoffman, director/writer Robert Benton and producer Stanley
Jaffe relax on location for "Kramer vs. Kramer."


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from the legal and moral struggles to
the personal interplay of the charac-
ters. The only way matters can work
themselves out is if everybody gives a
Initially, Hoffman must come to ter-'
ms with his six-year old son. The two
hardly know each other, but as they
learn together how to cope without
Mom, their bond becomes very tight.
Hoffman recinds his job commit-
ment-to the point of getting fired and
taking an inferior, less demanding
position-and allows himself to reach a
healthy balance between serving -him-
self and serving others.
Once this balance is reached-and it
takes a healthy chunk of the film to ac-
complish it, with many latter-day Cour-
tship of Eddie's Father type
scenes-who should return but Streep,
Joanna Kramer, who wants her little
Take a ds tiI break
... you deserve it!

boy back? She left her husband, she ex-
plains, because her life was going
nowhere and she grew tired of always
being "somebody's daughter or wife or
mother." Having traveled around the
country and stared a professional life
of her own, she has come to terms with
herself and now feels capable of being a
mother again.. After her son and ex
husband have worked so hard to
achieve some sort of equillibrium, she
arrives to destroy it.
HOWEVER, SHE has right on her
.side as well. Though the filmmakers
barely pay lip service to her side of the
story (Hoffman is clearly the hero
throughout), Streep is only seeking
some form of justice. Hoffman's selfish
ladder-climbing forced her out of the
marriage and ruined her sense of per-
sonal worth. She'pleads in court for he
son, claiming that she is ready now to
be his mother and deserves the chance
she never bad.
The leagal battle for the custody of
the youngster is as ambiguous as the
question itself. The film offers no clear
choices, and 'either way the court
decides will have some element of in-
justice; both parents have valid claims
upon the child.
This is where the ultimate unfairness
comes in: while Mom and Pop wrestle
the problem to the mat, their child is
kicked around in the middle. Adults can
compromise, but little boys can't,a nd
their voices don't matter at all in the
custody fight. This, then, is the tragedy
of progress, tie invitable consequence
of rising expectations in the world.
Hoffman wants everything; Streep
wants everything. They do not allow
each other the communication and op-
portunity to grow individually that i
crucial, because they are both, in thei
way, obsessed with advancing them-
WHEN STREEP walks out on the
marriage, the implication is that this is
her only remaining option. All over her
now-famous face is the anguish of a
long-suffering martyr who has tried
everything, but can no longer make the
effort. Surely the failure of the
marriage between Kramer and

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