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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, March 7, 1984

Page 5

Judy

Garland's stunning

rebirth

By Paul Clipson
P RECEEDING 1954, Judy
Garland's personal life was
anything but emotionally secure. An
entertainer at the age of three, she
became a star after her role in The
Wizard of Oz, in 1940, and continued
with success in the forties. Towards the
end of the decade, however, Garland's
private life became strained. She
developped a reputation for
unreliability with the Hollywood studios
and, in 1950, was fired by MGM.
But in 1954, Judy Garland made a
comeback playing Esther Blodgett in A
Star Is Born. Garland's career was
reborn with the part of the talented
singer who becomes a star with the help
of an alcoholic actor. She was able to
portray a character similar to herself.
Director George Cukor, familiar with
'the material, had already realized the
story's nuances and screen potential by
the time he made the film in the 50's,as
his mastery of content and technique
clearly shows.
Esther Blodgett (Garland) is a young
singer with the Glenn Williams or-
chestra which is playing at a charity
gala in Los Angeles. A big event, the
press and eager fans watch their
favorite movie stars arrive. The per-
formance underway, a drunken Nor-
man Maine (James Mason), famous
but irresponsible movie star, arrives at
the benefit and proceeds to create
disturbances.
Suddenly, in his drunken merriment,

he bursts onto the stage and struggles
with Esther during a song and dance
number. Convincing him to dance with
the chorus, she escorts him off the stage
once the song is over. Attracted to the
young woman's charm, Maine searches
for Esther at her club the next day.
Hearing her sing, he is excitied. by the
strength and feeling she gives to the
rendition.
He convinces her to take a screen test
at his studio. Esther is thrust into the
"hustle and bustle" of Hollywood as
make-up men casually deliberate over
whether or not to completely reappor-
tion her face. Her screen test is a suc-
cess and she has a contract with the
studio. Later, with Maine's help, she
gets her first big part.
The film's premiere is a grand suc-
cess. Esther, her screen name now Vicky
Lester, has become a star. But as
Vicky's career skyrockets to success,
Maine's dependence on alcohol in-
creases as his faltering career and
private life are overshadowed by
Vicky.
Both Judy Garland and James Mason
are-superb in this film and they deserve
much credit for its success. Their
tragic relationship, which is sadly
recognized by Norman, is that the fur-
ther he strives for Vicky's talent to be
recognized, the more strained their
relationship becomes. James Mason is
perfect in the role as his taste is for per-
sonalitites of an extreme sort. He
beautifully captures Norman's
dangerous drive toward self-
destruction, while, at the same time,

conveying the excitement and energy
that Norman feels in his love for Vicky.
Garland's portrayal of Esther/Vicky
is the performance of her career.
Never before or after was she given a
role that more aptly captures her talen-
ts as a screen performer. The role not
only conveys her singing excellence but
also her sensitivity as an actress.
There's a great sense of Garland's own
vulnerability, which transfers onto
Vicky beautifully.
This film is full of energy in all the
musical numbers and even more in the

scenes of the growing relationship of
the two characters. There's a great
deal of excitement as Maine exclaims
to Vicky: "You've got that extra
something.. ." after he first hears her
sing. Or when Vicky, trying to amuse
Norman, sings him a song that she's
been practicing, using household ar-
ticles as musical props.
A Star Is Born is a great musical, but
for those that shy away from the
"classical musical," like me, there's a
big surprise in store, because this is
also a fine film about a relationship.

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is Born' Wednesday night, 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Hill Street Cinema

Protesters arrested at East Engineering

(Continued from Page 1)
Haddad's laboratory at 8:30 a.m.
yesterday, but were forced back into
the hallway by two graduate student
researchers working in the laboratory.
The graduate students wrestled some of
the PSN members to the ground during
the scuffle.
For several hours, the protesters
remained in the hallway singing anti-
war songs and joking with passersby.
TWO SECURITY guards who had
been called by the graduate students
remained in the lab.
At 12:30,the group took advantage of
a quiet moment and, in one unified
push, shoved past the guards and into
the laboratory.
One student protestor said he was in-
jured in this second scuffle. John Har-
tigan said he was "kicked several times
in the spine " by one of the graduate
State aid
crucial to
'U' budget
urr(Continued from Page 3)
r quarters of a million (dollars)," he
said..
But University officials may have to
hold off on plans for building repairs in
order to meet faculty salary increases
and to keep tuition increases do.wn, said
Sauve, who helps draw up the Univer-
sity's budget.
THIS YEAR the University raised
tuition 9.5 percent. Because tuition has
increased 82 percent since 1980, Sauve
said the executive officers are reluctant
to boost student fees again.
"It gets to a point where you ask
yourself how much longer you can raise
tuition until you price yourself right out
of the market," he said.
But Shapiro said that a tuition hike
might be necessary to maintain the
quality of the University.
"Either we have to decrease the
quality of higher education or have an
increase in resources," he said.
"I sometimes ask myself: 'would our
students at the University of Michigan
,be better served by a 5 percent increase
in tuition and the development of a new
computer instruction system or no im-
provements and a freeze in tuition?"'
Shapiro said using a hypothetical
example
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students in the laboratory. Shortly after
the incident he left the protest and was
replaced by another PSN member.
BEFORE THE next hour was over,
University security officials read a
formal statement to the protestors
warning them that they would be
arrested within five minutes if they did
not leave the room.
University officials said yesterday

that a decision to arrest students who
interfere with laboratory work was
made after the sit-in last November in
Senior's office. Protestors stayed in
Senior's office for 48 hours.
"There was an announcement made
then that the University would tolerate
peaceful dissent but would not tolerate
interference with its activities - and
those who did would be arrested," said

John Weidenbach, director of Univer-
sity operations and one of the men who
decided that the University should call
the police.
HADDAD SAID that the students
were interfering with his research.
"There was no access to the
laboratory. They were disrupting my
colleagues," he said. "Our patience is
running thin."

Research may have military uses

By DAN GRANTHAM
Engineering Prof. George Haddad, the target of yesterday's
student sit-in, said yesterday his research could be applied to
military purposes but that those applications are not the
primary purpose of his work.
Haddad said that he and his assistants build and test elec-
tronic devices such as diodes and transistors used in com-
munication, radar, and high speed computer systems.
"WE ARE STUDYING microwave, solid state devices and
circuits. None of our research is directly related with any
particular system," Haddad said. Microwave technology has
many applications and of course it could be used for missile
seekers and guidance systems."
Protestors in Haddad's office yesterday charged that his
research is used to construct the guidance systems for the.
Navy's Phoenix missile, a new long-range air-to-air missile.
,Haddad's project is funded completely by the Department of
Defense.

"We know that diodes are a part of the guidance systems of
everything from the F-14 fighter to the Phoenix missile,"
said PSN member Chris Hill, who protested at Haddad's lab
yesterday.
HADDAD SAID THAT he and assistants use a computer to
design diodes, a switching device which controls elec-
tromagnetic energy, and transistors, which are used to am-
plify the energy. They then build and test the devices in the
laboratory.
He said the devices "could be used for (guidance)
systems." But he said that the devices would be only the
basic electronic equipment used in a guidance system. "It
needs a lot more work, above and beyond what we do" to
create such a system.
He also said the devices can be used in other equipment,
such as high speed computer and communications systems.
- Daily staff reporter Pete Williams filed a report for
this story.

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