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By Ben Ticho
Starring: Christopher Reeve and
Genevieve Buiold
Directed by Frank Perry
Playing at the Movies at Briarwood
A FRAID THAT this one has to join
my "movies for masochists" list,
joining recent winners like Sword and
the Sorcerer and Author, Author. As is
often the case in such films, Monsignor
stretches credulity into a thin strand,
trying to offset plot excesses by presen-
ting powerful characters and illusions
of grandeur, but failing to develop an
appropriate perspective.
Monsignor is billed as a full-blown
saga, following Superpriest
(Christopher Reeve as Father John
Flaherty) from his stateside ordain-
ment into the fields of battle as a WWII
chaplain and then to the Vatican, site of
power plays and international intrigue.
The Church enlists Reeve to save its
crumbling -finances, and the business
major achieves an increased cash flow
for the church via connections in the
black market.
Generally, I dislike films that exploit
religion for audience pull, treating the
"world of faith' primarily as a set of
high-minded but old-fashioned rules
destined to be violated by the
protagonist's "uncontrollable natural
passions and desires" (heavy Barbara
Cartland verbiage, huh?), or, better
yet, by that great Western tide of

progress and modernization, sweeping
aside conventional morals in favor of
power games, fast money, and
Genevieve Bujold's behind.
Actually, the producers of this movie
took considerable (and surprising)
risks, casting a super-popular face (oh
those eyes! sigh) as a thoroughly
unlikable character, whose supposed
ultimate piety, intended to balance his
rampant ambition, selfishness, and
shady business practices, remains
dubious to the end.
The idea is to show corruption in the
Vatican, as everyone from the Big Man
on down justifies criminal activities for
the greater glory of God, and the
greater Swiss holdings of the Church.
All attempts to redeem the basic in-
tegrity of the papal mafioso come off as
specious double talk. On the other hand,
all the actors (including Leonardo
Cimino as Pope Pius XII, Fernando
Rey as head honcho Cardinal Santoni
and Jason Miller as Don Appoloni) are
utterly convincing in their moments.of
expedience and modern cynicism.
Reeve's Flaherty ,is particularly
disappointing. While Cimino and Ap-
poloni may be excused their wooden
stick-figure presence now ard then and
Rey his sentimental droolings about
picking olives and religious "duty,"
Reeve holds the crux of the matter, as
the embodied confrontation of moder-
nity and sacred tradition. When he falls
for Bujold we need to see more of his
torment, or at least some kind of
rudimentary thought process. I mean,
priests don't go overboard for a pretty
face just like that (didn't you read The
Thorn Birds?).
Reeve's scenes with Varese (played
badly by Joe Cortese), his boyhood
chum who grows into a black market
middle man and, finally, a dead ab-
sconder, should have been much more
powerful than they turned out. Here are
two men violating deep-set moral codes
in each other's presence, watching each


Christopher Reeve: No more blue tights

sink in spiritual stature while rising
economically and politically, and
they've got practically nothing substan-
tial to say to each other!

By Diane Pawlowski
Afternoon Delight
251 E. Liberty
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday,
till 5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday.
T HINK OF fast food and you think
of charbroiled substances labeled
as hamburgers, soggy french fries and
other foods that add up to a'trayful of
polyunsaturated fats and starches. At
the bustling Afternoon Delight, located
at 251 East Liberty, fast food can meafl
a trayful of items such as quiche,
crabmeat salad or a mountainous
vegetarian sandwich or a large
vegetable and meat stuffed potato.
The Delight is one of the more
popular campus restaurants, and with
good reason. As one flips the placement
menu onto one's tray, one knows why
the restaurant has such an outstanding
reputation with both students and
residents. Repeat customers buzz with
conversation about their menu choices
this time. As one peruses the menu it is
difficult to choose from the array of
what could easily be humdrum entrees
at just another sandwich shop.
Ordering the day's special, one
receives a startingly large slice of bub-
bling hot, golden-brown topped spinach
quiche. The tossed salad that accom-
panies it is not just some chopped let-
tuce limply hiding under a withered
tomato slice, and if you're lucky, a
cucumber slice as well. Instead it is a
heaping bowl of fresh lettuce, sliced
mushrooms, sunflower seeds, raw
broccoli and cauliflower, plus tomato.
No, they don't just drop any old
dressing on it. At a dressing bar there is
an assortment of 10 different dressings,
some of which are made by the Delight
staff. In addition salad fans can use
olive oil and one of a choice of tarragon,
wine champagne or chateau wine
vinegar. Also, an assortment of
peppers, croutons and other salad op-
tions are available.
Slide into one of the booths and you
can expect employees to cheerfully stop
by to check up on whether or not
everything is all right.
A closer look at the menu shows eight
different types of salad. A crabmeat
salad, at $4.80, is the most expensive
item on the menu. The salads vary from
a beef with nacho to vegetarian nacho.
Also, chicken or tuna, spinach, chef's
and a house salad are offered.
Sandwiches include chicken
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salad,Swiss cheese and avocado, a very
large club sandwich, tuna onion and
cheddar as well as a vegetarian salad.
Delight also offers a large, baked Idaho
potato that has been stuffed with a
vegetarian mixture, or, as the menu
says, "for those who cheat," fillings of
bacon, turkey, ham, roast beef or crab
The Delight serves both a chowder
and a soup each day. In addition, a
number of frozen yogurt- shakes and
sundaes are available.
A separate breakfast menu that in-
cludes omelets, vegetarian Eggs
Benedict, blintzes, bagels, waffles,
juices, fruit and melon bowl& and hot,
homemade muffins. Owner .Tom
Hackett states that within about a
week, potato pancakes will be served
with all of the egg orders.
Cheesecake for dessert? One almost
expects a heavily sugared fruit topping.
Instead, the cheesecake arrives with a
topping that is cleanly and simply just a
large scoop, of chunks of fresh pineap-
ple. Coffee, the measure of a good
restaurant, is offered in both regular
and decaffinated and at Delight, it isn't
stale, bitter or sluffed over. The coffee
is hearty and good.
The menu not only lists the'price of
everything in dollars and cents, it also
offers the number of calories per ser-
ving: the price to the consumer's
physical well-being.
Hackett, who owns the restaurant in
partnership with Larry Hedman and
Jim Broker, feels the restaurant is a
good place for vegetarian and non-
vegetarian friends to meet. "Here, a
vegetrian with two or three friends can
come in and each will be able to find
what they believe is the most ap-
propriate food. Something they like.
Most importantly, the vegetarian won't
limit his mealtimes to the company of
only vegetarian friends."
According to Hack, the three own
another Afternoon Delight in Grand
Rapids and have opened yet another
restaurant in an office building. The
restaurant, which sells salads by the
ounce and sandwiches by the inch, is
named just that: Salads By The Ounce
and Sandwiches By The Inch.
"It's a quick-service idea designed to
appeal to the many office workers "in
that area. So far, it's working out well,
as is our other Afternoon Delight,"
Hackett says.
Hackett views Delight as a fast-food
restaurant. Quiches and many other
dishes are prepared the night before,
and warmed in one of Delight's several
microwaves. In addition, all sandwich.
preparations are carefully made before
hand and assembled in a small kitchen
to the customer's order.
Delight began as a venture to sell
frozen yogurt cones to the shopping
mall set. Since the first Delight opened,
there have been changes in concepts
and menus until. four and a half years

Afternoon Delight: Fresh food
ago, Delight as Ann Arborites and
University students have come to know
and love, began.
The menu is changed three times a
year, not according to the volume of
customer requests, but according to the
seasons. "In our restaurant, we ac-
tually don't get too many requests for
new menu items. Most people who
come in can't decide what they want to
order. I feel people want to eat healthy
foods and we are trying to serve good,
healthy food. On the other hand, we are
not a health food restaurant. Too many
health food restaurants just dictate
their philosophy to their customers. We
aren't trying to do that..
"We try and add items to the menu
that we feel will give our customers
their money's worth. Today, com-
petition in the restaurant business is
tough. You've got to be creative and
have new ideas or you won't succeed,"
Hackett says.

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Bujold's appearance is mercifully
short. This talented actress (King of
Hearts, Isabel, Anne of a Thousand
Days) has too honest a face to pretend
that her role as a postulant nun contains
much beyond predictable outrage and
grief. She certainly is no schoolgirl-
which is what is essentially called for.
The film people did manage to fit in a
frontal nudity scene, though, oddly
Monsignor does have some
redeeming points. First, token violence
is admirably limited; the visual hooks
are generally restricted to papal ex-
travagance and architecture (nice
costumes, too). Second, for a pop
(should I say pap?) film to carry such a
depressing state-of-the-world message
(don't for a moment think that Reeve
has reformed in the final scene) is very
courageous, if perhaps somewhat unin-
And then there is Christopher Reeve.
People attending this particular movie
to see poster-face won't pay attention to
the plot anyway ...
The acting is just mediocre enough to
warrant reconsidering the masochism
rating to maybe a-"OK if you're bored
and have $4 lying around" film, but
when I next want to view a really good
religious adventure movie, I'll dust off
Gentleman's Agreement. Jimmy
Stewart isn't Superman, but he can still
fly in the acting department.

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