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The Michigan Daily

Sateday, January 16, 1982
Not a ghost of a story

Page 5

A scale model of Leonardo da Vinci's plan for a spring driven car.
Exhibit stroke ofluck'

By Pam Fickinger
da Vinci will be brought to Ann Ar-
bor in an effort to help promote high
technology in Southeast Michigan.
The exhibit, which is to be shown May
8 through June 13, is sponsored by
Bechtel Power Corporation and the
Michigan Technology Council (MTC).
Mario Cotruvo, spokesman for the Ann
Arbor division of Bechtel said "the
exhibit is designed to focus attention of
Southeast Michigan, and Ann Arbor in
partieular, as a center on high
This is4he first da Vinci ex ibit to be
shown in Michigan, said Cotruvo: He-
added that it was a "stroke of fortune",
because of the "prestige of the Univer-
sity and the cause," that they could get
-the exhibit. This is the only place in the
-Midwest and East where the exhibit
willbe shown, Cotruvo said.
The exhibition, "Leonardo's Return
to Vinci," will feature four tempera
drapery studies on linen and an oil pain-
ting on wood titled "Salvator Mundi,"

which is said to be the master's work.
There will also be selected pages from
two, manuscripts which have been
framed for display.
Cotruvo describes the exhibit as
being "a dramatic gesture that points
to Michigan as a cultural and scientific
center." "It's saying to the nation, 'hey,
we're here' in a dramatic way," he ad-
Evan Maurer, director of the
Museum and associate professor in the
department of History of Art, said he
was "pleased about the opportunity to
present this exhibition," and added that
it also presents an "unusual
educational opportunity.'
The educatioial value' of the exhibit-
will be seen in the scale model of da
Vinci's work in the physical sciences
and enlarged photographs of his
designs which are being provided by
Maurer said it is a "well-rounded"
exhibit and brings "aesthetic treasures
never seen in Michigan." It's an effort
by the University to "bring together art
and science like da Vinci did, and like

many states in the country are trying to
do," he said.
The cost for the exhibit is about
$20,000, and is being provided by
Bechtel, MTC, and private donations. It
is the property of the Marquis de Ganay
and is part of the Contesse de Behague
Collection in Paris. The exhibit was
brought to this country by the Italian
Cultural Institute of San Francisco and
the University Art Museum, Berkeley.
The exhibit is currently showing at the
Sewall Art Gallery at Rice University
in Houston, Texas.
Cotruvo said they are also trying to
get a collection of da Vinci models that
are in the IBM collection in the state of
New York. But he said without them the
exhibit will still be sufficient.
G. William Ince, vice president of
manufacturing for Irwin International,
Inc., and Chairman of MTC, said they
are "trying to keep public awareness
alive" of the potential of this area as a
center for high technology.
MTC has been at the "forefront of the
technology effort" for about two
years," said Ince. They work with the
University in an effort to "sensitize
them (University staff and faculty) to
the need to work with a technological
society," and the ways in which the two
can work together, Ince said.
Ann Arbor can be a "key component
for reviving the State's economy," Ince
said. Much of the possibility of making
this a center for high technology is
"surrounded by the attraction of the
University," he added.
A news magazine, catalogue, guided
tours, and a special Alumni weekend
are also being planned for the exhibit.

By Richard Campbell
G HOST STORIES are supposed to
be interesting, frightening, com-
pelling, and surprising tales of the
supernatural. They are supposed to
make you want to turn your head away,
only to be forced to watch. They are
supposed to make sleep impossible.
Ghost Story attempts a new style of
horror: boring the audience to death.
Director John Irvin has demon-
strated a great lack of talent in the con-
struction of this film. Ghost Story has
more than enough elements to make a
good horror flick. There is a deserted
haunted house, strange ghosts, other-
worldly photography, and a very old
unreported murder.
The problem lies in the way Irvin put
the various pieces together. The film
lacks any sort of rhythm that would
create the feeling of horror. Scenes in a
movie must combine to build a definite
tempo that can be used, or subverted, to
shock and scare an audience. Ghost
Story, having no rhythm, is unable to
mold an audience's perceptions, and
fails at being a scary story.
One of the hooks of the film,
calculated to make the product appeal
to a wider audience, is having the
various old people in the story being
portrayed by very famous actors. We
see Melvin Douglas, Douglas Fair-
banks, Jr., John Houseman,. and Fred
Astaire do a competent job with little
help from the director. But the array of
talent is wasted because the film does
not warrant ' any sort of hook. More
thought should have been given to
making an intriguing film than to
selling a product.
Alice Kriege manages todo a good job
as the mysterious woman whose tragic
death comes back to haunt everyone.
Her character is bizarre, and she acts
up to that assessment.
Krige looks like the type of girl that
men fall in love with very, very quickly.
In Ghost Story a grand totl of six men
are, at different times, in love with her.
It is the suspense caused by her per-
formance that gives the film any chan-
ce of succeeding. Unfortunately, Ir-
vin repeatedly refuses to capitalize on
that element and create an emotional
response of fear or dread.
TV hits
new low
major television networks set a record
for cancelled prime-time series during
1981 as 44 shows crashed and burned.
NBC led the way with 17 failures
while CBS had 15 and ABC 12. In 1980
there were 38 cancelled prime-timers.
Among the fallen shows were 24
dramatic series and 12 sitcoms. TV
series based on successful movies fared
poorly, too, with the axing of "Walking
Tall," "Freeby & The Bean," "Foul
Play" and "Breaking Away."

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Lynde remembered

Paul Lynde, who was remembered by
some 250 friends at a funeral service,
ill be cremated and his ashes buried
next week at a cemetery outside his
hometown of Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Lynde, 55, was found dead last
'weekend at his Beverly Hills home af-
ter suffering a heart attack.
-4 Eulogies to Lynde were delivered at
"Thursday's service by comedian Dodie
Goodman and Lynde's longtime frien-
ds Jan Forbes and Dean Ditman. .
Among those attending the services
At Westwood Village Mortuary were
game show host Peter Marshall, with
whom Lynde worked on "Hollywood

Squares," and performers Joan Rivers,
Alice Ghostley and George Gobel.
Los Angeles County Deputy Medical
Examiner Joseph Choi, who conducted
an autopsy on the comedian, said traces
were found of butyl nitrate, a stimulant
that in high concentrations could
trigger a heart attack. But he said it
was not believed to have been involved
in the death.
"I don't believe that it contributed to
his'death," said Choi, noting he turned
up a "very minimum trace" of the
Choi said more tests were being con-
ducted to complete the study, but added
the cause of death was a heart attack.

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