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The Michigan Daily

Friday, October 18, 1985

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'Coca Cola' and a smile

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I F IT IS POSSIBLE for a movie to
slap its audience in the face, then
The Coca Cola Kid has perfected the
art. Captialism never looked so unjust
as it does in this refreshing film when
it is forced upon an isolated
Australian village in New South
Wales.
Erik Roberts masterfully provides
the slick, ambitious yuppie exec from
the States in the form of
"Becker-Atlanta, Georgia." Becker,
quite simply, is ona mission from
God, heralding Coke as basically the
Second Coming. He's got a lot to learn
about morality in management, and
watching him do it is half the fun of
this film.
Enter T. George McDowell (Bill
Kerr), a crotchety eccentric and sole
competitor with Coke in quiet Ander-
son Valley. He is a throwback to the
'20s - when honest employers knew

their subordinates' names and
marital status. Becker doesn't know
it, but T. George is a mentor in
disguise, and well worth listening to.
Director Dusan Makavejev's camera
work gives the film a distinctively
Australian flavor. He practices
economical filmmaking with utter
precision. Telephone conversations
are cut off mid-paragraph-as soon as
their use to the movie has been
fulfilled. The Coca Cola Kid is a
cleanly made movie, with simple yet
effective scenes; the screen is never
cluttered.
One glaring mistake is the charac-
ter of Terry, played adequately
enough by Gretta Scacchi. Terri is a
veritable basket of ripe fruit, fresh for
the eating. Her pouting and kittenish
playing are ridiculous and in-
congruous to the rest of the movie;
one scene involving the removal of

her boots (she's attempting to lure
Becker into bed) reaches the point of
actual distraction. Hardly a convin-
cing portrayal of a mature divorced
mother of one struggling to support
her daughter at (where else) Coca
Cola of Sydney.

Aside from this small blemish, Kid
is a movie to be savored. It brims with
symbolism and challenges an audien-
ce of all nationalities to assess its con-
sciences.
-Ruth Ann Weadock"

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sexual satire goes on at 7:30 p.m., and at 10 p.m., as well.

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as much as 4 years of school,
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Recoirds
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Business (Alligator)
In the place where they put great
bluesmen when they "lose it," there is
certainly a chair waiting for Johnny
Winter - but it looks as if it'll stay
empty for a long time to come.
Serious Business is Winter's second
record for Alligator, and on it he
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shows that his rehabilitation with last
year's Guitar Slinger was no fluke.
With nary a change in his back-up
band, Winter's second offering in the
last five years is an all out back-to-
where-it-started Chicago-bar blues
jam.
There's never been any doubt thlit
Winter is one of the finest guitarists;
around. Whether he'd be able to
preserve that skill on vinyl has been$
another matter.
He spent his early years runnii*g
from tiny independent to tiny in-
dependent as one would fold and,
another led him astray. The early '70e'
turned him into a veritable superstar,,4
but a serious drug addiction
threatened not only his career but his
life.
He beat the drugs and turned out a}
series of consistently strong blues-
rock albums throughout the mid-'703
as his sales started to slide. Spending
much of the late '70s working with
Muddy Waters, he seemed to have
called it quits in 1980 with his lad
major label release.
And then came Guitar Slinger.
From some forgotten corner he came
back as blazing fast as ever and as
ready to sing the blues as any young
Turk out of the South. Mixing the
traditional Chicago bar-band lineup of
guitar, bass, piano, and drum with &
top-flight horn section, he produced
one of the year's most under-ac-
claimed albums.
Serious Business doesn't com;
pletely live up to its predecessor. Win-
ter is still in fine form, but he doesn't 4
have quite so much direction. He's
done away with the horns and added
emphasis to his vocals with mixed
results. When he's on, he singing bet-
ter than he was on Slinger, but when
he's off, it hurts. Winter is a guitar
player first and a singer a distant
second. R
Butsthat's not to say Serious
Business is weak. Anything would be
wanting after Guitar Slinger, - and
the truth is this one doesn't fall very
short. Aided by a better mix and less
competition from the horns, pianist
Ken Saydek gives stronger backup
and solo performances that add a
vital boogie-woogie taste to the mix.
In itself, Serious Business is an im-
pressive statement for a twice,
almost-dead guitarist, but with its
promise of continued high energy out
put, it shows that whenever it's Win=
ter, spring cannot be far behind.
-Joseph Kraus

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