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10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 24, 1993

Latin films are a mce break
from Van Damme flicks

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By MICHAEL THOMPSON
So you're tired of Van Damme and Willis. You want
something new and exciting. Well youjust happen to be in
luck. The Film and Video Program is sponsoring the New
Films from Latin America festival. Wait, don't even think
about screaming any preconceived ideas. Listen.
The first film of this weekend is "Tango Feroz." Set in
Buenos Aires at the end of the '60s, the film shows the rise
and fall of Tango, a controversial rock singer. He is on the
brink of success and when he meets his true love, it looks
like he will have immortality. Everything looks good for
him.
Tango, however, is a man who has to say no to almost
every kind of authority. He will not back down to anyone.
This is his most redeeming characteristic and ultimately
his most tragic flaw.
The film is not a simple good versus evil tale. The
director has too much respect for his audience and central
character to tell a nice, quaint fairy tale. The film, much
like Tango, never compromises; there are no easy an-
swers. The images are harsh and real.
On Sunday two documentaries kick off the evening.
The first is "Crocnicas Cinecologicas" (Gynecological
Chronicles). Based on material by Elisa Lerner the film
tells three stories of Venezuelan women during the '30s
and '40s. The other documentary, "No Se Porque Te
Quiero Tanto" (I Can't Stop Loving You) explores the
lives of two women. The film searches for a reason why
these two women remained in abusive relationships.

The final film of this weekend's installment is a true
gem. "Confession A Laura" (Confession To Laura) is a
wonderful film about finding the truth in an impossible
situation.-The film deals with only three characters, but
the story is so pure that it doesn't matter.
Don Santiago is taking a cake to his friend Laura. After
he arrives, he is stuck in the apartment because of fighting
in the streets. Santiago's oppressive wife is right across
the street, trying to watch his every move.
All three characters experience profound personal
changes in one night. Their revelations aren't heavy
handed or unbelievable. In fact, given their situation, the
characters managed to do quite well. Director Jaime
Osorio, much like director Marcelo Pineiro isn't out to
insult his audience's intelligence.
Although the set up for the film seems quite terrifying,
the director and actors manage to find humor in them-
selves and the extreme situation. The film has a definite
neo-realist feel to it, but don't let that scare you away.
Everyone involved is right on the money and nothing ever
feels forced.
So if you've seen enough action adventure garbage on
TV in the last week or you just want to see something
intelligent, then check out some cinema from Latin
America. The festival starts with the four films this week-
end and then three more next weekend. Who knows, you
might finally be entertained.
The New Films From Latin-America Festival is playing
at the Michigan Theater

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Betty Carter is the classic "Cinderella"- story. A native of Flint, she began singing while studying piano at the Detroit Conservatory
of Music. Then her vocal abilities (untrained formally) won her a talent show at the Paradise Theater, where she was discovered by
the legendary trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. From there, she rocketed to stardom, appearing not only with Gillespie's big band, but
with other greats such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Duke Jordan. All this before she was even 18 years old.
Since then, Ms. Carter has moved to New York City, and has made quite a name for herself in jazz circles. She arranges much
music, which keeps her in great demand. She also founded her own recording company, Bet-Car Productions, and has a host of
recordings.
To kick off the University Musical Society's "Choice Series," this Saturday Betty Carter will perform original selections from her
latest recording, "It's Not About The Melody," plus works from the standard jazz repertoire. She plays Hill Auditorium at 8 p.m.;
tickets range from $12-$24, with $6 student rush tickets available at the Union Ticket office from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday. For
details Call University Musical Society at 764-2538.

RECORDS
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- the"entire recording is a cohesive
tapestry of sadness, even if it is almost
oppressively long at 76 minutes. No
other record released this year is so
unbearably melancholy, and that in

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ingly well as a whole. Never once
does the band let the gloom slip away

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itself is an impressive achievement.
- Tom Erlewine
Spiritualized
Fucked Up Inside
Dedicated
It might seem strange that a band
would choose to follow up their first
full-length release with a live album,
but that is what Spiritualized has done,
and with astonishing results. "Fucked
Up Inside" is in no way a boring
rehash of the songs on last year's
brilliant "Lazer Guided Melodies"
with some applause and screaming
thrown in. Only four of the album's
seven songs are taken from the first
record, and even those tracks lose
their familiarity with the radical
reworkings. For example, the stun-
ning final track, "Smiles," receives a
climactic ending that the studio ver-
sion only gives a small hint of before
fading out.
But these climaxes are typical of
nearly every song on "Fucked," with
the exception of the enchanting open-
ing cut, "Take Good Care Of It." This
is arecord of extreme peaks anddepths
of both volume and tempo, often al-
ternating suddenly between lonely
two-chord organ drones and explo-
sive bursts of ethereal noise, in which
effect-heavy guitar riffs collide off of
one another as cymbals crash, punctu-
ated by saxophone bursts and some
other-worldly ambient sounds as well.
The sound is so overpowering that
even vocalist/songwriterJason Pierce
seems too shy to bring his voice above
a strained whisper, afraid of interfer-
ing with the mesmerizing sounds that
surround him. This is a feeling that
the listener will probably share.
This is a wonderful record from an
equally wonderful group. Spiritual-
ized have, once again, created a sound
that enraptures as well as excites, and
begs to be heard.
-Andy Dolan

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