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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 31, 1997

Powerful characters
make 'Kolya' succeed


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By Prashant Tamaskar
Daily Arts Writer
Frantisek Louka, once a renowned
cellist for the Czech Philharmonic
Orchestra, now struggles to make a liv-
ing. Blacklisted by the government for
making an insulting comment, his pri-
mary means of
subsistence isR
playing at funerals.
Unable to make O/
ends meet, the
bachelor reluc-
tantly agrees to an
arranged marriage set up by a friend,
to a Russian woman in need of Czech
papers. However, when she leaves the
country for Germany to be with her
lover, Louka's life becomes more
complicated than he would ever imag-
Such is the setup of "Kolya," a
delightful work from the Czech
Republic, which recently won the
Academy Award for best foreign lan-
guage film.
Set in Prague in 1989, just prior to
the Velvet Revolution, "Kolya" uses the
political situation of the country as the
backdrop for a heartwarming story.
When Louka's wife flees, she leaves
behind something very important -
her 6-year-old son Kolya. Since the
police have been skeptical about the
legitimacy of Louka's marriage from
the beginning, the musician's only


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Gothic exhibit is first of its kind
By Anitha Chatam New York, among others. ments. Every piece on display has a
Daily Arts Writer The show itself is amazing. The first small statement, explaining what it is
Despite popular belief, the Gothic thing one notices upon entering the and from where it comes. In addition
Age of Europe was not all about exhibition is the dimmed lighting. there are lengthier discourses on the
churches with pointed-arch windows, Though this is done primarily for the walls of the exhibition, explaining the
such as Notre Dame and Chartres. Like protection of the artwork, the lighting history of ivory carving, the nature o:
any good art movement, the Gothic creates a lovely soft glow on the pieces, devotional art, and so on.

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passed a variety of Objects of the
art genre: architec- Detroit In
ture, music, paint-j
ing and, in the case
of the most recent exhibition at the
Detroit Institute of Arts, sculpture.
"Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of
the Gothic Age," presents approximate-
ly 100 examples of ivory carving, taken
from the medieval ages of Europe. This
exhibition goes unprecedented in the
history of museum exhibitions in that it
is the first-ever exhibition devoted
exclusively to Gothic Age ivory carving.
The collection on display is fairly com-
prehensive, and contains works from the
Musee du Louvre, the British Museum,
and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in

ges in Ivory:
e Gothic Age
stit ute of Arts
Through May 11






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