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A pair of Eyes: Only one worth seeing

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, September 15 1981-Page 7
Brondeis University

(Continued from Page 6)
forced to continually act against.
&motion, to feel one way and to behave
FABER AND LUCY have a love af-
fair, initiated largely through the
"manipulations of the -German spy.
Although Faber has been absolutely
coldblooded up to this point, ready to
stiletto any adversary without
hesitation, he reveals a surprising sen-
sitivity and understanding in his
manipulations, an enormous human
passion in his involvement.
Still, he does not allow the affair to in-
Oerfere with his patriotic duties and is
at all times working to get off the
Lucy discovers that Faber has mur-
.dered her husband, but, for safety's
sake, she cannot let on that she knows
and must continue in the affair. Even
more complicated, she still loves
Faber. Eventually, she discovers he is

a spy and feels compelled to do all
within her power to keep him from
IN THE FILM'S wrenching final
sequence, an armed Lucy pursues
Faber as he attempts to row out to a
waiting Nazi submarine. She alternates
between tearfully begging her lover to
stop and frantically shooting at him.
With a parallel ambivalence, Faber is-
absolutely unable to stop his flight, yet
he persistently turns around to give
Lucy a mournful gaze.
Eye of the Needle poignantly conveys
the universal human thread connecting
these characters. Ultimately, the only
real enemy here is the inhuman system
in which they interact. We cannot help
but see that, as Faber states with
characteristic conciseness, "War
separates people."
Screening just a flight of stairs away
from this "impressive work is a spy
movie of a completely different class:

For Your Eyes Only, the latest in the
declining James Bond series.
THE PLOT involves themes similar
to those of Eye of the Needle: Charac-
ters with differing national loyalties at-
tempt to retrieve a transmitter capable
of controlling all British ICBM's, as
human relationships progress in a con-
text of international intrigue. But there
is no mistaking it for a film with a real
social consciousness; the goal of this
work is to provide us with a light enter-
In For Your Eyes Only, the splashy,
gimmicky style characteristic of the
Bond films is toned down, and the focus
is shifted more to' the drama. This
proves the film's major failing, because
there is simply no real drama here.
There can be no psychological profun-
dity behind that plastic, ever-mugging
countenance of James Bond as por-
trayed by Roger Moore, whose acting
style betrays his background in
THE FILM must depend on its action
sequences to carry it through. These
sequences are competently done and
include some memorable chases. Yet
even they lack a certain degree of ex-

citement because character
motivations are glossed over and
villains are not nearly so perverse or
compelling as they should be. For the
most part, the film's energy slides
downhill from the opening title sequen-
ce of naked women swimming around
with guns.
Perhaps we can expect some of the
earlier, more sophisticated Bond style
in the next film. The closing credits in-
form us it will be entitled Octopussy.
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