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May 15, 1984 - Image 9

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-A selection of campus film highlights

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, May 15, 1984 Page 9

Touch of Evil
(Orson Welles, 1958)
Forget the impression that Welles is
just an obsolete wine hustler. As one
of America's more gifted directors,
Welles has created many memorable
movies including this dark and for-
bidding look at corruption and greed.
With Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh,
and Akim Tamiroff. (Thursday, May
17; MLB 3, 9:15).
Cam pus
The Return of Martin Guerre
(Daniel Bigne, 1983)
Just your average 14th century
French myster. Did weak, immature
Martin Guerre return from the wars a
strong and likeable fellow? Or is it
really Martin Guerre at all?
Ultimately a rather predictable ex-
ploration of love and identity. But the
production is handsome and realistic
enough to provide some entertain-
ment. (Saturday, May 19; MLB 3,
(David Lynch, 1977)
A true bizarrity. One of the few
films that the word "compelling" ac-
curately describes: if you can't come
tosome understanding of this film, it

may haunt you for weeks. After the
showing, there will be group
discussion sessions. Look out for Lyn-
ch's Dune coming out this fall.
(Saturday, May 19; Michigan
Theatre, 7:00, 10:50).
The Loneliness of the
Long Distance Runner
(Tony ,Richardson, 1962)
Richardson uses all of his technical
tricks to embellish this insightful, in-
dividualistic movie. Tom Courtenay
stars as a young man in lower-class
Britain, who is disgusted at the con-
ventionality and conformity of British
lower-class life. When he is sent to
reform school, he is hand-picked to
represent his school ina long-distance
run. (Sunday, May 20; Lorch Hall,
Close Encounters of the
Third Kind
(Steven Spielberg, 1977)
A film that expressed our eternal
wonder with the universe. Great
music, great effects, great acting, and
great direction make this a hard-to-
top movie spectacular. Unfor-
tunately, Spielberg couldn't leave
well-enough alone and in this "Special
Edition" some witty scenes were cut,
some dramatic ones were added, and
we are shown the inside of the
mothership for absolutely no reason.
On Wednesday, May 23, Speilberg's
latest film opens, Indiana Jones and
the Temple of Doom. (Monday, May
21; Michigan Theatre, 9:30).
Compiled by Richard Campbell



Freedom and Other Fictions
William Ferguson
Knopf, 93 pages, $11.95
In a day when an author's quality
seems to be determined by the sheer
weight of his books (e.g. Michener) a
concise work such as Freedom and
Other Fictions is truly refreshing. It is
almost like a revival of the one sitting
reading. Granted, there are times when
gushing through easy-flowing volumes
of vivid descriptions and unfolding
themes is enjoyable and appropriate
but for those of us drawn toward the
straight-to-the-point shocker or cliff-
hanging ambiguity, this book is as good
as 4 lbs. 3 ozs. of Irving.
It is simple in format and deceptively
simple in style, following Hemingway's
axiom of "easy writing making for hard
reading." There are 12 short stories
contained within the 93-page work with
topics ranging from pre-colonial
Mexico to modern political struggles
and video games. The viewpoint offered
in each story is as variable as the
topic, with each story told in the first
person. This offers the reader thought
provoking insight into various ex-
periences which are sometimes rare
and frightening.
The only common denominator in
these stories is the style of affect
writing. All beginnings are serene and
ordinary to the point of boredom until
something bizarre happens and the
viewpoint distorts then refocuses on an
entirely new reality. In one case a pur-
ple doorknob appears to provide an exit
for a sexually confused businessman.
Throughout the irreality of these tales
there developes a troubling irony,

ironies which force re-evaluation of
topics such as middle class alcoholism
and vague friendships.
These ironies far outnumber the
logical calculated ends but are much
more lasting in affect as well. I can
recommend this book with the condition
that the logical thinker be excluded.
Only those of us who enjoy concise
paradox will find any worth in
Freedom and Other Fictions.
- Gary Peitsch

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