Friday, February 10, 1989
The Michigan Daily
BY GREG FERLAND
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
JOEL Shumacher has a varied career
as a film director. He has made D.C.
Cab (with Mr. T no less), St.
Elmo's Fire, The Lost Boys and.
now Cousins starring Ted Danson
and Isabella Rossellini. Shumacher
granted a phone interview with the
Daily this week.
Daily: Well, my first question
here is that the audience, and myself,
really seemed taken with the loca-
tions in Vancouver, British
Columbia, and I wondered why you
chose to film there - for artistic or
JS: Well, both. We were kind of
instructed to make this movie for as
little money as possible and I had
been up to Vancouver and seen it for
another movie and I loved it, I
thought it was beautiful. So it was
kind of a combination of both but
really for beauty because if there was
a place that was better, I could've
probably talked the studio into it, but
I knew Vancouver would be perfect
for this movie.
D: The audience also really loved
Isabella Rossellini in this movie.
JS: And I do too... I do too...
D: They just beamed when she
came on screen... I was wondering
what made you choose her for the
JS: I fell madly, insanely... over-
whelmingly in love with her the
second I met her and I had been
meeting many actresses for the part,
and she came to see me in New
York. We spent an hour talking and
after she left I said to our casting di-
rector, Marcie Liroff, if she doesn't
- " want to do this movie, then I don't
want to do it.
D: Also, in one of my classes,
Lost Boys is listed in some graffitti
top ten list of favorite films, so I
varied career has taken
him from cabs to vam-
pires to Cousins. S e e
Weekend for a review of
his latest film.
wondered what made you choose to
do Cousins after such a different, and
very popular, film?
JS: Well, let me put it this way, I
feel that I have to keep growing with
every movie I do and Lost Boys was
a tremendous challenge and I was
very excited and Lost Boys was dif-
ferent from St. Elmo's Fire , and St.
Elmo 's was completely different
from D.C. Cab....
One of my favorite directors is
Billy Wilder.., each movie he did was
completely different. The Apartment
is totally different from Sunset Blvd.,
and Sunset Blvd. is nothing like
Double Indemnity, which is nothing
like Some Like it Hot... a way I
think to grow is to always take on a
new kind of challenge so you can use
different muscles than you used be-
D: One thing I notice with your
last three films, they've all had en-
semble casts and I wondered if you
had a method of directing such large
JS: With a whip and chair
(laughs). Well, I love ensemble, all
my movies have been ensembles and
I sort of see life that way. I think
everything effects all of us together.
So I don't see stories as just one
person's story. You know, one of the
things about this movie is the
choices we make and the
responsibilitywe take in life and the
consequences. I think one of the hard
things about growing up is that one
day you wake up and you realize that
being an adult means that any choice
you make for the rest of your life
will have consequences attached to it
and those consequences effect every-
one around you, your family, your
friends, and that's what Cousins
D: The music in Cousins was
really good and present in many
scenes, so I wanted to know how you
chose Angelo Badalementi or what
you were looking for with the music.
JS: Isabella Rossellini lives with
David Lynch who directed Blue Vel-
vet , Dune , and Eraserhead and An-
gelo did the music for Blue Velvet
and he was in Prague directing a
symphony. He had written the theme
for the movie and recorded it and
David Lynch thought I might like it.
I didn't expect to like it even though
David is a great artist and has won-
derful taste, but I just thought, we
haven't even made the movie yet...
how could this piece of music be
right? But the second I heard it, I de-
cided to make the movie around it
.. .r. .
BY DEREK PENNINGTON
...And the crowd burst into a frenzy of cheers, peo-
ple shouting, "MORE! MORE!" and "ENCORE!" as
Madcat Ruth's Pressure Cooker left the stage.
This was the scene the last time I watched Madcat
Ruth perform. Even more remarkable than the way the
crowd cheered this nationally unrenkowned band back
onto the stage, was the fact that the audience was
actually there to see the blues legend B.B. King. But
Madcat's outrageous blues hollerin' on such classics as
"Sweet Home Chicago," and the band churning and
scraping behind him, had everyone on the edge of their
seats. This previously unannounced act took us by
storm, with a high-energy performance that flirted with
the legend himself.
Madcat toured the country with various jazz and
blues artists prior to entering the studio in his own
right and releasing his first recording, Madcat Gone
Solo, in 1984. Mostly recognized as a major force in
the blues scene in Ann Arbor and Detroit areas, Madcat
was voted the best blues instrumentalist for three con-
secutive years, '84, '85, and '86, by the Detroit Metro
Times critics' poll and is now a major attraction at
various blues clubs in the surrounding area. His latest
release is the live recording Madcat's Pressure Cooker
at the Pig.
Peter "Madcat" Ruth heads the band with his as-
sortment of wailing harmonicas and raw vocals, that
form the backbone of this eclectic group of musicians.
Madcat's harmonica style shows the influence of past
blues greats from Deford Bailey to Sonny Terry and
Sonny Boy Williamson. His command of the instru-
ment is so complete that he even gives seminars on
the blues harmonica greats from different eras; class
will be held Wednesday night at Schoolkids' at 9 p.m.
The Pressure Cooker also includes ex-Urbations
Andy Boller at keyboards, Doug Koernke on guitar,
and Oni Werth on bass. Their act incorporates covers
from past blues masters, as well as originals, and
some Urbations-style R&B.
This show is one not to miss for anyone who ap-
preciates fine musicians practicing their craft. Just as
Madcat applies the pressure
they made those waiting to see B.B. King forget who
they were there to see, they will have you standing up,
stomping your feet, and calling for more.
MADCAT RUTH'S PRESSURE COOKER will
perform tonight at the Blind Pig, and, for the tenth
year in a row, at the Tenth Annual WCBN Fundraiser
Bash, in the Michigan Union Ballroom, on Sunday,
BY CHERIE CURRY
A miserly father has a rebelli
daughter in love with a man
hasn't intended for her, and a
who is also in love with
disgruntled cook's daughter. So
confusing? Well expect this
more as the University's Departm
of Romance Languages presents
first performance tonight
L'Avare, (The Miser), is
French department's third prod
tion. As probably assumed, the1
will be performed in French, but played by graduates, undergraduates
don't let that be a deterrent. and three faculty members - Marcel
- "Even if you have a basic under- Muller, Bill Paulson, and Cheri
ious standing of French, you will be able Mellor - could there any more
he to follow what's going on stage," added confusion? Probably just from,
son" says Director and University graduate the the elicited audience laughter for
the Stephen Rosoff. "There's a very this 17th century satirical master-
und lengthy synopsis in the program ex- piece.
and plaining everything act by act." L'AVARE will be performed at
vent The fact that L'Avare will be the Schorling Auditorium tonight
the performed in French sets it apart and tomorrow at 8 p.m. The Schor-
of from other on-campus Moliere pro- ling is located on the ground floor of
ductions, such as last semester's the University School of Education
the Tartuffe, which have only been per- building, on the corner of East and
duc- formed in English. South University streets. Admission
play With a colorful cast of characters is free.
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