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The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 6, 1981-Page 7
Church leaders assail abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Catholic
leaders condemned legalized abortion
as a "disease of the national spirit"
yesterday and called for a constitutional
amendment permitting Congress and
the states to restrict a woman's right to
end a pregnancy.
"Each day that permissive abortion
on demand continues to reflect a
situation of lawlessness in our country
... the moral fibre of the nation is fur-
ther unravelled," said Terence Car-
dinal Cooke of New York.
COOKE AND Archbishop John
Roach of Minneapolis, president of the
National Conference of Bishops and the
U.S. Catholic Conference, threw the
weight of the church behind one of a
half dozen proposals to reverse the 1973
Supreme Court decision legalizing
abortion. '
The two prelates testified on behalf of
a proposed constitutional amendment
by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that
would allow Congress to restrict abor-
tions and let state legislatures enact

even tougher anti-abortion laws.
Although senior church officials
came before Congress in 1974 and 1976
to oppose legalized abortions, the U.S.
Roman Catholic hierarchy previously
has refused to endorse any specific
legislative proposal.
proposal in testimony yesterday before
the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on
the Constitution that he chairs were Dr.
Adrian Rogers, a former president of
the Southern Baptist Convention, and
Rabbi Seymour Siegal of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America.
But Rabbi Henry Siegman, director
of the American Jewish Congress, said
he opposes the amendment, and -
referring to Siegal's endorsement -
quoted an old Jewish saying:
"Wherever you have two Jews, you
are likely to have three opinions."
SIEGMAN SAID in Jewish tradition
a fetus is not considerred a person until
the moment of birth. Any legislation
which would prevent an abortion to

save the life of the mother would violate
Jewish religious teachings, he said.
Archbishop Roach said the church
had "a change in the game plan" and is
backing a specific amendment because
of the "cumulative horror" of elective
abortions, which now total about 1.5
million a year in the United States.
The endorsement is sure to further
split the already-divided anti-abortion
movement, which has had little success
this year despite the election of a
Republican Senate and a conservative
president who supports anti-abortin


AP Photo
ASTRONAUTS JOE Engle, left, and Richard Truly answer questions from reporters yesterday after the delay in the
-trip into space. Engle and Truly will spend their time in the Johnson Space Center simulators as they wait for repairs to
be made on the Shuttle Columbia.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)- Specialists gained
access to Columbia's contaminated hydraulic system last
night as they sought to determine if the reusable space
shuttle can make its second launch as early as next Wed-
They had to wait until half a million gallons of volatile
fuel was drained from Columbia's external tank and work
platforms were erected before they could get at the three
Auxiliary Power Units.
LAUNCH DIRECTOR George Page scrubbed the first
launch attempt Wednesday after filters in two of the oil-
filled APUs clogged just before scheduled liftoff.
It will take about two days tp analyze the troubled power
units, Page said yesterday. If they need only to be flushed
out and filled with fresh oil, a mid-week launch is possible.

If the units must be replaced, launch won't be until the
following week.
The APUs act as a power steering unit works on a car.
They power hydraulic systems that swivel the ship's three
big engines on liftoff and lower the wheels and control the
movable wing surfaces on landing.
IF ALL HAD gone well Wednesday, astronauts Joe
Engle and Richard Truly would have turned on Colum-
bia's scientific experiments, looked for opportunities to
photograph lightning on Earth and exercised the craft's
never-spacetested robot arm-its orbital crane.
Instead, they accepted the disappointment, rose early
yesterday to make emergency landings at the Cape and
then flew to their home base in Houston to wait out the

192.7 film is genius

(Continued from Page 6)
revolutionary government in Paris is
being split by dissent, In addition to the
inventive editing, the beauty lies in
Gance's use of the camera itself-put-
ting it on tracks, pendulums, anything
to give more movement to the sequen-
Not everything in Napoleon works,
however. After the film's intermission,
the story becomes slightly repetitive.'
Gance tries to humanize Napoleon by
showing his nervous courting of
Josephine. But Napoleon is too often the
perfect hero for that attempt to flesh
out his character.
There are only two sequences in the
second half which are brilliant and,
while that would be more than enough
for most films, the latter part is over-
shadowed by the consistant grandeur
that preceded it.
The first of the great sequences in the
second half is the Victims' Ball.
While disapproving of such frivolity,
Napoleon attends and meets Josephine.
Again it is Gance's editing between the
excesses of the ball and Napoleon's shy
wooing that make the scene
The second memorable scene in this
half of the film, the final scene, involves
the director's revolutionary use of
Polyvision, a forerunner of Cinerama.
When Napoleon assumes command of
the French army in the Alps, Gance
uses three synchronized cameras, one
on top of another, to film the event. As
the audience watches this shot, two
screens are uncovered on either side of
the main screen, and the final epic
vision is shown.
The only problem with the Polyvision
- scene is that it comes too late; there are
only 10 minutes of film left. And, once
more, the editing and multiple ex-
posures are enough to overwhelm the
viewer. But an unfortunate lack of
' real drama is noticeable as Napoleon
addresses his troops and they march to
Carmine Coppola, father of Francis
Ford Coppola, has written a symphonic
score that is a masterpiece of theme
and imagination. To conduct the or-
chestra so well while maintaining syn-


chronization with
remarkable feat.

the film is truly a

Whenever Napoleon is not working,
you can just listen to the music, or wat-
ch Coppola's shadow-projected
ingeniously onto the ceiling by amber
lamps at his feet. And if the more than
four hours of music become repetitive,
you can return your concentration to
the film.
But when both Coppola and Gance
are at their best, as they are during the
storm sequence, the result is absolute
genius. One scene 'during the
revolutionary takeover is particularly
beautiful. Filmed in red, with very dim
lighting, Napoleon writes about his
distaste for the needless violence. For
this Maestro Coppola has composed a
sorrowful Bach-like fugue for organ.
The moment is as powerful as any in
the film.
Gance made several movies prior to
Napoleon, inventing almost
everything-except perhaps the close-

up-that modern filmmakers know.
Eisenstein, for instance, learned many
of the tricks of rapid film cutting from
watching Gance's work.
But, incredibly, with the emergence
of The Jazz Singer and other
talking pictures, the technical in-
novations of Napoleon were forgot-
ten. Prints of the movie were lost. Gan-
ce himself destroyed parts of the film in
despair over its unacceptance. The
painstakingly reconstructed film still
has a few frames missing, during which
times the screen goes black. And Kevin
Brownlow, who is responsible for the
film's present state, says that at least
an hour of the original is still missing.
Some might scoff at spending up to
$20 on a movie. And, for those who can
wait, a soundtrack is being recorded for
a later release of Napoleon. But the treat
of seeing an orchestra accompany such
a great film (which will run through
Sunday) is worth it.

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Noted Cuban writer and poet recipient of Caso de las Americas and Adonais (Spain) Awards in
literature. Cuban cultural attache in London between 1963 and 1965, now affiliated with the Aca-
demia de Ciencias de Cuba. His main works-Salterio y lamentacion, Toda Jo poesia, Libro de los
heroes, Un sitio permanente, Los nios se despiden-have been translated in several languages.
November 5, 4 p.m. (Thurs.) ART AND CULTURE OF

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