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ARTS
Monday, November 21, 1988

The Michigan Daily

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Page 7

Parlez-vous art?
Exhibit reveals Romantics, realists

BY ILANA WEINSTEIN
A small, unobtrusive exhibition
stands in our Museum of Art. It is
not likely to immediately draw your
attention - the works, by French
artists of the 1800s, feature subtle
understatement rather than flash and
color. But their subdued appearance
belies a visual power that should not
e overlooked.
Selected by Hilarie Faberman,
Museum Curator of Western Art, the
pollection of prints and drawings
depicts the major movements and
styles of French 19th-century artists.
The ten works, which progress chron-
ologically and incorporate a variety of
mediums, are representative of the
,revolutionary trends of their time and
fthe genius of their creators.
At first glance, the selection is not
easy to appreciate. Much of it is
drawn simply with pencil or chalk, as
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it was only the later part of the the pencil lines have been rubbed to a
century that brought the vivid colors point beyond definition. On the
of the impressionists. Somber, realis- ground lies a large faceless man - he
tic, and sometimes even crudely is the only corpse illustrated, but he
drawn, these works are not necessarily seems to be representative of all war's
pleasing to the eye. Also, as they are victims, who are stripped of their
extremely diverse in form and humanity and equalized into anon-
approach, it is difficult to follow the ymous figures.
continuum that links these works Other works include Delacroix's
together; the collection can appear dis- pencil drawing "Study For Cicero
jointed, as it is such a motley Accusing Verres." There is much
arrangement. But closer examination Greek architectural influence in the
and a basic knowledge of art (or a few drawing; beautiful arches and columns
questions to a helpful curator) yield abound. As a Romantic artist, Dela-
results that make this experience very croix uses his pencil softly; the lines
worthwhile. are faint and muted. One almost feels
Starting in the early 1800s, these s/he were glimpsing the ancient past
works cover a wide range of topics. A through a dream or vision -- so
personal favorite is Manet's lith- ethereal are his images.
ograph, "Civil War." As a deadpan As realists, Corot, Rousseau, and
realist, Manet gives us a no-holds- Millet do not idealize what they see.
barred portrayal of war's evils. His The landscape drawings of the former
shapes are bold and have tremendous two appear unpolished and unfinished.
impact. A crumbling stone wall gives Corot's depiction of the parched, sun-
way to a view of the city. The baked hills of Italy seems almost like
buildings appear to be exploding as a rough sketch. On the other hand,
Millet's black chalk drawing of "The
Medicant," evokes a deeply felt senti-
mentality. Millet does not embellish
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Molly KfingwaiG anG Andrew McCarthy turn Fresh Horses into old glue.
Shoot these Fresh Horses

BY Tr'NY SILBER

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See Art, Page 9

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Dear Molly Ringwald,
I am a film reviewer for the Michigan Daily in Ann
Arbor, Michigan. I have just seen your new film, Fresh
Horses, and I thought I'd better let you know what I
candidly thought about it before I publish something
totally malicious.
Molly, I'll be frank with you. I believe that
filmmaking has reached an all-time low with this
abysmal misuse of a cinematic "art form". Honestly, I
feel both embarassed and saddened that your name must
be associated with the film I consider to be The Worst of
1988 so far, and there have been some lousy movies this
year.
Molly, why would you take on a film with a story so
dumb, a script so misguided, and a supporting cast so
shallow? Are offers that scarce these days? You play this
country girl who gets involved with a conservative
college type (Andrew McCarthy) and have this
ompletely unfounded, ridiculous love affair in an old
eat-up shack next to a railroad track out in the middle of
Kentucky. We have no idea whether you're 16 or 20,
whether you're married or divorced, or whether you're
serious about pretty boy Andy or whether you're using
him for quick bucks.
I realize you cannot be blamed for an altogether idiotic
cript which has no continuity, no direction, and no
point whatsoever! After all, a screenwriter's inter-
pretation of drama interpreted by the audience as a joke is
failure. I also realize that you cannot be faulted for the
irection (or misdirection) of David Anspaugh
,Hoosiers).
And finally, Molly, don't get the idea that I hold you
esponsible for Andrew McCarthy's bland, cardboard-like

portrayal. I mean, if he represents the best of this
generation, if we're gonna be handing out Oscars to him
and Rob Lowe in 15 years, I want no part of it. The guy
can't act, and Molly, this hurts me more than you'll
know, but, neither can you. su
Your characterization is so laughable and totally
devoid of any semblance of sentiment and genuine
emotion. I wanted Jewel, the character you play, to take
me into her world of rural tragedy, but I got nothing
except a throbbing headache. How can Fresh Horses be
so bad? After all, isn't this film based on a critically
acclaimed off-Broadway production by Larry Ketron?
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe stupid scripts and dramatic
lunacy is the way to go these days so long as brat pack
actors get to show their faces on screen for 90 minutes.
Is Fresh Horses destined to be compared to the likes
of Pick-Up Artist, Mannequin, and Less Than Zerq?
This fate would clearly be too humane and I never
thought I'd say that. I really thought you had it in you to
achieve mediocrity, but your latest portrayal definitely
proves otherwise. Perhaps you should pursue another
profession, Molly, because if you don't, I promise you
that you'll wind up on cruise ships in five years doing
improv.
I want you to know, sincerely, that I tried to be as
kind to this sewage quality dreck as I could, but the final
review probably won't be as nice. Finally, Molly, if it's
no trouble, could you send me $4.75 for my admission
price? After my traumatic experience, I feel you owe me
that much.
Respectfully Yours,
Tony Silber,

The Michigan Daily

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