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The Michigan Daily Friday, January 21, 1983 Page 5

Interviews being held by Rabbi David Soloff
on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 12:30-6:00 p.m.
Call 663-3336 for appt. at Hillel, 1429 Hill



a lovely movie

By Richard Campbell
A CCORDING TO the publicity de-
partment Gandhi "is the motion
picture Richard Attenborough fought to
make for two decades."
"That's a bit of Columbia (the
distributor's) romanticism," says At-
tenborough. He admits, however, that
he got the idea to make the film in 1962
after reading a Gandhi biography.
Following that, Attenborough
scraped enough money together on six
occasions to produce the film only to
have the finances fall through. During
these years, Attenborough began other
projects, including various awards for
his directorial debut, Oh! What A
Lovely War.
When he finally managed to collect
the money, a suitable script, and the
necessary actors, the arduous four-
month shooting schedule in India
Attenborough recognized that a key
ingredient in the film would be the actor
portraying Gandhi. "I needed an
unknown actor. I needed an actor
without connotations, who should be In-
dian, with a great deal of theatrical ex-
perience," he says.
Except for being a born Britain with
an Indian father, Ben Kingsley fits that
description perfectly. But he says that
he was worried by "the awesome
responsibility of playing Gandhi." The
problem was that many Indians revere
Gandhi almost as a god. "Next to
Vishnu and Krishna in poor and even


. - .

left, and Ben Kingsley star in a scene from 'Gandhi' directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, inset.

Martin Sheen,

middle class houses there is a picture of
Gandhi," Kingsley says.
Besides the incredible realism of
Kingsley's performance, it is hisability
to make Gandhi approachable on
human terms that is memorable. In
playing a character that ages 56 years,
it was important to "find the thread
that links all the scenes together, and
not make each scene a different

The Daily's 'Gandhi' contest

Help celebrate the motion picture
event of the decade! The Michigan
Daily and Columbia Pictures are
sponsoring a drawing in com-
memoration of the release of the film
Gandhi. Ten lucky first place winners
will receive copies of the movie soun-
dtrack, ten runners-up T-shirts, and

everybody who'submits a coupon will
get a free button. So don't hesitate!
Fill out the information below and
drop it off in a specially-marked box
by the Daily business office in the
Student Publications building, 420
Maynard Street.

character," says Kingsley.
The actor found this "thread" in
Gandhi's intelligence and generousity
of intelligence. Apparently that thread
worked, for on more than one occasion
Indians who could still remember
Gandhi came to kneel at Kingsley's feet
in respect. "I found that very discon-
certing," says Kingsley.
The rest of the cast is studded with
stars: Candice Bergen, Edward Fox,
JohnGielgud, Trevor Howard, and
Martin Sheen.
His role of the newspaper reporter
Walker is little more than a bit part, but
Sheen's involvement with the project
stemmed from personal conviction
rather than the need to work. "I've only
made two films that spoke what I feel to
be the truth," he says.
"We live under a great, great
evil-the nuclear arms race," says
Sheen. "It is a time for courage. If the
spirit of Gandhi could be revived in this
country we might find a way out."
That essentially is what Atten-
borough's Gandhi strives for. Albert
Einstein once said, "Generations to
come will scarce believe that such a one
as this ever in flesh and blood walked
this earth." Gandhi just might help
more believe.
Columbia Pictures recently
whisked Daily Arts Editor Richard



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Ravi Shankar & George
Fenton - 'Soundtrack
to Gandhi' (RCA) .
After leaving a sweeping, finely craf-
ted epic like Gandhi, it is quite natural
to want to find a way to relive the hours
spent watching it. The soundtrack
album is the catalyst chosen. The soun-
dtrack album to Gandhi does not make
a good catalyst. The music, composed
by Ravi Shankar and/or George Fen-
ton, who produced the album, is not bad
music, but it does not make the tran-
sition from film to vinyl well, and it
lacks many of the qualities that help a
person to visualize the film while
listening to the album some months af-
The opening cut, "31st January 1948','
is one of the better ones, musically.
With its undertone of marching feet and
its overtone of voices, the atmosphere
of Gandhi's funeral is well captured.
Regrettably, the scene's narration is
also totally intact, meaning that the
film's major flaw, its canonization of
Gandhi, remains on the soundtrack
The third cut is an assemblage of
some of the band music found in the
film. Entitled "Bands of the Raj," it is

the worst cut on the album, and it
literally ruins the first side. Without the
accompanying visuals, the band lacks
unity with the rest of the album. It is the
wrong note struck in the middle of a
Side one concludes with a cut called
"Intermission." While it is nice, I doubt
if it was necessary to include the music
put in for people going to get a refill on
their popcorn.
The album's second side is much
more consistent. While the first side
had some diversions from the more at-
mospheric Indian music, diversions
that destroyed the unity of the album,
the second side is almost totally Indian
"Remember This Always" has more
of the film's narration, so we are sure
not to forget what a super guy Gandhi
was while we listen to the album.
While the album does little to evoke
the film, it does contain a lot of in-
teresting music. It is a shame that cuts
such as "Band of the Raj" somehow
manage to ruin half of it. The nice
music on the second side is not enough
to carry the album as instrumental
music, and the album itself is not up to
the brilliance of the film it attempts to
portray. -Joshua Bilmes

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