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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 14, 1994 - 11

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Continued from page 10
strictly afiction, "LatchoDrom" strives
to alter society's preconceived notions
of Gypsies. For two hours, all are drift-
ers, stunned and frightened as the world
around collapses in a whirlwind of
discriminating societal policies.
Gatlif's attention to details take on
a depth of meaning much greater than
the storyline itself. As a jigsaw puzzle
requires myriad minuscule parts to com-
plete the picture, each little detail con-
tributes to the chilling portrait of Gypsy
life. These nomadic bohemians must
tolerate extended inequality and big-
otry from every corner of the merciless
world due solely to their "dark skin"
and "hair Gypsy black."

Details paint the film with a tragic
hue, yet Gatlif manages to uncover the
bittersweet life and vitality hidden be-
neath such sorrows. Gatlif juxtaposes
scenes of evicted Rom people, mor-
tared apartment windows and doors
with scenes of Gypsies striving to bring
humanity to their degraded existence.
The hatred of which the Gypsies so
lamentably sing is interspersed with
joy, and bolstered by strength as well
Nearly stunning shots also bring us
so easily from the present of the Rom
people to their past that we experience
a timeless reality. Early in the film, the
camera finds a youthful Indian girl
dancing in the dust; it then cuts from
her steps to those of a grown, accom-
plished dancer moving to the same
song. Yet, just as this joyous scene
unfolds, a more tragic scene of two

men - bellowing at the Gypsies' mi-
gration to their territory - explodes
onto the screen. Both images haunt the
viewers with the stark contrast between
the absolute good and the absolute evil.
In an age where Hollywood movie
moguls determine "reality," "Latcho
Drom" takes on extraordinary impor-
tance. No one will soon forget the
intoxicating musical journey nor the
powerful images of dehumanization
emanating from every frame of film.
As Gatlifobserved,"Everything people
have thought about Gypsies up to this
point has been prejudiced."
The film emphasizes, through mu-
sical expression, that human life must
be held sacred and protected, at all
LATCHO DROM is playing at the
Michigan Theater.


Pictured here is the middle child of the smashing lineup of a certain, long sold-out show that has a pair of scalped
tickets running at $100 a pop - and we do mean pop, for it's Veruca Salt, Madder Rose (these guys) and, most
(melo-) dramatically, Hole rolling into town this Saturday at good old St. Andrews (doors open at 7:30). With
Chicago-based Veruca Salt having a hit cum the Breeders, "Seether," and Courtney Love literally everywhere you
look, poor little Madder Rose have been effectively nipped in the bud. Which truly is a pity, for their two albums
"Bring It Down" and "Panic On" are modern pop classics, and they were all set to tour with Hole before The Shot
Heard Round The World changed all that. But polite, slightly depressed popsters that they are, Madder Rose take it
all in stride. So, if you were lucky enough to get tickets to this season's potentially greatest gig, just don't tune out
the beautiful music that this understatedly brilliant band makes. If you didn't get tickets, just hope that they come
aund again and catch up with them then, if you're lucky.

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