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Everyone wins with 'Quiz Show'
,With his latest directorial effort, Robert Redford hits the jackpot

By SARAH STEWART
Considering the magnitude of the
nowclich6 0.J. Simpson case, the rela-
tively mild scandal that is the focus of
Robert Redford's newest film, "Quiz

4 I Quiz Show
Directed by Robert Redford;
with Ralph Fiennes,
Rob Morrow and
John Turturro.
Show," risks being trivialized. Instead,
this tale of the corrupt 1950's game
0how, "Twenty-One," digs deeper into
he human psyche than any white
Bronco could ever hope to.
From the outset, Redford insists
that his audience have as big a stake in

his film as the viewers of "Twenty-
One" had in the stardom of its contes-
tants. With "Mack the Knife" blaring
as we're lead behind the scenes of the
show, no time is wasted in preparation
for what's to come - namely, the true
story of a series of deceptions that
devastated the lives of those involved
and the American people's naive faith
in television.
Herbert Stempel (John Turturro) is
a stereotypical loser until his success as
a contestant on "Twenty-One" makes
him a winner. But as it turns out, he's
been supplied with the answers by the
show's creator, Dan Enright (David
Paymer), and is eventually coerced into
"taking a dive" because his popularity
has supposedly reached a "plateau."
Enter Charles Van Doren (Ralph
Fiennes), a good-looking, Gentile Co-
lumbia literature professor whose fa-
ther (Paul Scofield) happens to be a
famous poet. Exit Herbie, who promptly

" Q u i z
Show"'son-going
display of corrup-
tion is so multi-
layered that its al-
most overwhelm-
ing. Van Doren
cheats as Herbie
did, Enright has no
qualms about put-
ting the contes-
tants into posi-
tions of dishon-
esty by enticing

(Ralph)Fienn
should have
Supporting A
his role as A
in 'Schindler
plays the pa
Doren with p

takes his story to the grand jury which
finds its way into the capable hands of
attorney, Richard Goodwin (Rob Mor-
row).

them with financial perks. Even
Goodwin's failed attempt at protecting
Van Doren's good name seems wrong.
Or at least it should. This hesitancy
is part of the film's brilliance. Redford
generally makes you despise the acts of

corruption but also forces you to imag-
ine yourself in the same face of temp-
tation. As Stempel asks, what would
you do if you were
offered 25 grand?
Similarly,
es, who Redford under-
won Best stands, almost too
well, what's at the
kctor for heart of these
mon Goeth moral issues. In a
conversation with
's List,' Van Doren,
rt of Van Goodwin talks of
a man who re-
erfection. vealed his unfaith-
fulness to his wife
eight years after
the affair had ended; "it was the getting
away part he couldn't live with." Stuff
like this makes audiences think.
Even in less psychological terms,
"QuizShow" is agreatmovie. Fiennes,
who should have won Best Supporting
Actor for his role as Amon Goeth in
"Schindler's List," plays the part of
Van Doren with perfection. It's appro-
priate that Van Doren grasps his star-
dom with vigor yet never assumes the
despicable air his corrupt behavior
would imply, and it's completely con-
ceivable to imagine oneself behaving
just as he does.
While the role of Mark Van Doren,
Charlie's father, is a relatively mar-
ginal one, Scofield avoids the easy trap
of becoming preachy by masterfully
creating a character whose dignified
morality is a refreshing contrast to his
son's self-destructive dishonesty. The
elder Van Doren just wants Charles to
stay focused on his teaching, which
ultimately becomes impossible.
To Redford's credit, "QuizShow"'s
stylistic elements are as intriguing as
all the boring suits, greased hair and
black glasses could possibly allow. His
artistic use of cinematography seems
to play on the fact that when "Twenty-
One" aired, television was still virgin
territory."Quiz Show" is a reminder of
how quickly it became adulterated.
QUIZSHOW is playing at Showcase.

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1994 HALLOEEN CONCERTS
Sunday, October 30 at Hill Auditorium
5:00 p.m. & 8:30 pam.
Due to long lines in past years, tiket sales for this year's Haloween Concerts
will be handled by mail order. No standing in line! No phones! No hassles!
UAll orders will be filled in order of receipt. with the best available tickets in the
seating section you indicate (orders are generally filled from the center out).
,EgPlease indicate a second choice in case seats are not available in the area you select.
gIlf both concerts are sold out, your check will be returned to you.
CAll tickets are reserved seating. No one will be admitted without a ticket'
gi'In person sales (for tickets that remain after mail orders are filled) will start at the
League Ticket Office on Monday. October 17 at 10:00 am.
INCLUDE WITH YOUR ORDER:
* AN ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPE so we can mail the tickets to you.
* Your full payment by chEk or toney order (payable to University of Michigan).
* Your fully completed order form. MAIL TO: Halloween Tickets
League Ticket Office
911 North University
__a__-_-_-_- _ - _ _ _ -_-_-__ A nn Arbor, Ml_48109-1265
1994 Halloween Concerts Mail Order Form
Orders will be accented October 3 through October 14!

John Turturro and Rob Morrow En an intense moment in "Quiz Show."

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Name

_Phone_

LIMIT 6 TICKETS PER ORDER!
PERFORMANCE LOCATION # TICKETS TOTAL S
SUNDAY MATINEE L7 Main Floor @ s6.00
October 30, 1994 ^ 1st Balcony t %S.00
5:00 p~m. 2nd Ba cony @ S4.( ____ _____
SUNDAY EVENING N Mai Floor t $.00
October 30, 1994 1st Balcony ( q)'6.00
8:.) p.m. { 2nd Balcony a 54.00
PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SECTION-THE BEST SEATS SELL QUICKLY!
If my first choice is unavailable, please:
7J substitute ______(time), and/or (location).
return ny check.
Special seating request (no guarantees!.)

alph Fiennes and John Turturro (left and right background) play contestants on a popular '50s quiz show.

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Innovation

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ZS Associates is a rapidly growing, entrepreneurial management consulting
firm driven by creativity and enterprise. Just 10 years old, we work in 49
countries, employ 125 professionals, and have offices on both sides of the
Atlantic.
We combine our knowledge of sales and marketing with sophisticated
analytical techniques and innovative software tools to provide clients with
real-world solutions.
ZS offers career opportunities to talented people who want to make a
difference. If you want the challenge of early responsibility, significant client
contact, and an environment that rewards motivation and ingenuity, then
consider joining our team.
" Business Associates work as integral parts of the ZS consulting team to
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involved in collecting and analyzing data as well as developing creative
client solutions. BA's typically have bachelors degrees in Business,
Economics, Political Science, Mathematics or History, though other majors
are also considered.
" Operations Research Associates build mathematical models and
optimization algorithms to develop creative solutions for sales and
marketing problems. As an OR Associate, you will perform statistical
analysis and design simulations using workstations and personal computers.
Qualifications include a bachelors or masters degree in Industrial
Engineering, Operations Research, Statistics, or Mathematics.
" Programmer Analysts work interactively with project teams on all aspects of
database development. As a PA you will be responsible for maintaining ZS'
systems, as well as creating new internal processes and tools.
Qualifications include a bachelors degree in Computer Science or MIS.

THE AMERICAN SUCCESS

STORY

IT BEGINS WITH A GRADUATE DEGREE FROM THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY. IN THIS
COMPETITIVE MARKET, WHAT YOU'VE ALREADY GOT MAY NOT BE ENOUGH; WHAT
YOU MAY NEED IS A MASTER'S DEGREE FROM OUR SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS OR
ANY OF AMERICAN'S OTHER 94 GRADUATE DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS.
Are You the Next American Success Story?

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