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The Michigan Daily

Monday, April 3, 1989

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Wenders
premieres
Turkish
Earth
BYMARK SHAIMAN
Thnight is the American premiere
of a Turkish film which was pro-
dued by a German (Wim Wenders)
and named outstanding film of the
year at the 1987 London Film
Festival. Iron Earth, Copper Sky
will how take Ann Arbor by storm.
this film is more of an event
than just a showing with all that is
surrounding :the~ premiere at 8 p.m.
in e Michigan Theater. Director
Zulki Livaneli will be present at the
screning to field questions about
Iro, Earth; Copper Sky. And
tomorrow at .,4:15 p.m. in the
Michigan Union Ballroom will be a
par1 discussion about the film,
confisting of Livaneli, Professor
Janes Stewart-Robinson of the De-
partnent of Near Eastern Studies,
Prossor Hugh Cohen of the Resi-
denkial, College, and moderated by
Pro ssor Ira Konigsberg, director of
the Program in Film and Video
Studies.
ue.See Earth, Page 9

Exile's return
Yuji Onikiback from overseas
BY ROBERT FLAGGERT

THE mustached marvel we affectionately refer to as Martin is doing right'
by Ann Arbor tonight. The Beat's owner/manager has hooked ex-Ann Ar-
borite Yuji Oniki by the gills for a single show in the cramped quarters of
his music bar, a treat for the crowd and the clincher of a possible record con-
tract for Oniki.
Leaving Ann Arbor in 1987 to move to Scotland, Oniki left behind not
only the maize and blue cultural mecca he had called home, but a fairly pop-
ular pop/rock band - Dreaming in Color. "Dreaming in Color became the
typical pop trio," he explained, something he wanted to get away from. "The.
priorities for songs became 'Does it rock?' The year in Scotland became a
time to get away from all that... it was more for solo work." And work he.
did, returning to the States to record his debut album, Shonen Blue.
The album is more of a solo project than Dreaming ever was, he claimed,
but there is definitely a great deal of input on it from the other musicians,4
especially guitarist Matt Smith (It's Raining). The band also includes Brian
Oaks on bass and Robert Wannacott on drums. "There was just a need to get
away from that whole band thing - the 'let's have a rock 'n' roll night,'
Oniki said. According to Oniki he and Smith are almost polar opposites
when it comes to musical taste, but a broad mind, a monster talent, and an
understanding of Oniki have given them what seems to be an almost ideal
music relationship.
A pleasant blend of poesy and pastorale, the songs dance exquisite on'
vinyl but often seem written for the stage. "They sound differently with:
drums,"(the album was recorded without them) Oniki explained, "It gives
them a stronger sound." While admitting that comparisons of Dreaming in
Color to REM were justified, he sees any likeness of the current music to be
only in the vocals. While he does at times sound like a Michael Stipe, the
only accurate comparisons can be those to Big Star. A performer by nature,
his folksy-type guitar playing and purely poetic verses are enhanced by the
amplification of his "soft-spoken" voice leaning away from "rock" to a
See Oniki, Page 9

It's (Ozone) House music night
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Lousiana Band, along with local bands Tracy Lee and the Leonards and
the Iodine Raincoats, will play a benefit concert at the Nectarine Ballroom tonight for Ozone House, a
shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds go to Ozone House.

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Peron and the Enigmas
of Argentina
by Robert D. Crassweller
Norton (1987) $12.95/paper
Don't cry for me Argentina
The truth is I shall not leave you
Though it may get harder
For you to see me
I'm Argentina
And always will be.
-Evita, in Evita
Oh what a circus, what a show...
-Qhe, Evita
Man of the people, and quasi-fas-
cist authoritarian. Champion of the

working class, and virulent anti-
communist. Fiercely patriotic, anti-
imperialist nationalist, and the man
who passed the infamous Investment
Law of 1953, reopening Argentina
to massive foreign penetration. Cre-
ator of Argentina's Golden Age, and
the man whose name and legend
precipitated - and scaled - its
demise.
Sixteen years after his fantastic,
improbable return to Argentina fol-
lowing 18 years of ignominious ex-
ile, and 15 years after his death, Juan
Domingo Peron continues to cast
his long shadow over Argentina. He

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is loved and hated, claimed by both
left and right, by both the unions
and the military. The Peronists'
Presidential candidate in this May's
elections, demonstrating his mastery
of Peron's style, argues passionately
for democracy while cultivating a
friendship with deposed Paraguayan
dictator Alfredo Stroessner, and
promises to repudiate Argentina's
whopping foreign debt even as he
insists that the debt must be paid.
Robert Crassweller's aptly titled
book struggles to assess the mean-
ing of Peron, as well as what about
him and his movement continues to
appeal to a working class for whom
both long ago ceased to deliver.
Masterfully written and broadly con-
ceived - he covers Argentine his-
tory from its colonization in 1516
through the present - Crassweller
nonetheless falls short of his goal,
becoming prey, as so many accounts
of Peronism have, to the very phe-
nomenon he began by assessing.
What purports to be an objective ac-
count of Peronism, and its effects on
a country where the per capita in-
come has gone from eighth to 45th
highest in the world since 1929,
rapidly degenerates into the very kind
of personalist account that consis-

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Juan Domingo Peron continues
on as a mythical, misunderstood
figure in Argentine history.
tently helped (and helps) Peron elude
the judgement of History.
Peron and the Enigmas of Ar-
gentina has been well-received,
clearly demonstrating that its re-
viewers have about as much under-
standing of Argentina as Crassweller
does. He substitutes style for sub-
stance, both in his own writing and
in what he writes about. Long on
details of Peron's love life, Evita's
background, and the psychology of
them as well as many other Argen-
tines, Crassweller's book is remark-
ably 'short on rudimentary eco-
See Books, Page 9

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