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ARTS
Wednesday, June 12, 1985

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Page 6

The Michigan Daily

'Perfect' packs a sensual onetwopunch
fun release, Perfect. Counterpart with so much to gain, he still seemed
By Peter Williams John Travolta gets some camera play sincere.
on his balls in one sweat-sensual Jann is, however, merely a tangent
aerobicize scene, but as for just plain to this story. The blood-pumper of this
T IKE ANY real woman, it all starts flesh per square inch of celuloid, movie is the relationship between
at the ankles. Smooth, with a Jamie takes the trophy. Curtis and Travolta. Bridges deserves
slight curve tapering gently yet ab- But Curtis is not merely a the Congressional Medal of Honor for
ruptly into a hard, cleanly shaven' monument to sexual intercourse, she the fire he starts between these two
calf. is an actress. In this particular film, pleasure hunks.
. she is an actress cast for physical "After the warmup comes the real
Jamie Lee Curtis is a logical and reasons. Her drama is acceptable, workout," she explains between gasps
nearly undetected biological tran- but too often thwarted by leg- out of the sight of the camera. "It
sition from toe to head. In fact, to spreading aerobics footage. And just usually takes between 15 and 20
make a long story short, her entire when you finally get occasion to take minutes of repeated exercises."
perimeter is one smooth waxed line, her role seriously, she gets back to Sparks fly between Jamie and John,
broken only by a lock of blonde hair basics, luring Travolta into the sack for it is their back-and-forth love/hate
which sheswings seductively over one with a succinct and sensual typewrit- relationship which provides the
eye. ten message on his portable com- emotional foundation for the story.
puter, "Wanna' fuck?" Their individual sexual appeal is
This is Jamie Lee Curtis, described Travolta, in an act of neo-macho unrelenting, and together the effect is
in the creative physical detail affor- unrivaled by Urban Cowboy or Vinnie raw and energetic.
-ded by Columbia's summer-fucking- Barbarino, types the reply, "O.K. I Travolta has been an urban cowboy,
give up, You win." a Saturday night feverish wet dream,
The sensuality-as-film concept is a greasy counterpart to Olivia Newton
carried even further by director John, and a laboratory-clean youth
urn toJames Bridges as a phone call in- trapped by his lack of immunity
terrupts the happy couple in the within a plastic bubble. In short, he is
primary stages of foreplay. The caller a talented, versatile actor who gets
is Travolta's editor, Mark Roth, shitty parts.
542 LSA Building played by real-life Rolling Stone But from the time of the Sweathogs
editor Jann Wenner. to the current satire oft Rolling Stone
I wonder why Wenner finds the need magazine, the actor's presence and
to play himself in a film all about the fluidity have made even the most ill-
glory of his publication. While Rolling conceived projects entertaining.
INSTANT: Stone's music. reporters still know His role in this film is no exception.
what color underwear Mick Jagger is he is a racy reporter covering three
Passbert Visa wearing on a given evening, reporters major stories at a given time. He is a
like the fictitious Adam Lawrence man committed to his sources, willing
4##p 4" ti1a Pietos (Travolta) are a distant memory for to face contempt of court to maintain Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta play an aerobics instructor and a
the once-revolutionary publication. Is their anonymity. He is brilliant and reporter who became romantically enmeshed when he is sent to do a
while -U -wait Wenner the man responsible for deserves due credit for his perfor- story on the exercise craze in'Perfect'.
Stone's abrupt transition from sub- mance; credit which will likely be
hrs. 1:00- 4:30 cultural flagship and vanguard of manifest in royalties from a summer Newman: When I was little, I also Tits, asses, breasts, and big crot-
Mon- Fri American popular music to a glossy, crowd seeking that great gut feeling prayed for tits, but my prayers ches.
student discount graphically sound, fogged mirror of associated with Marilu Henner and weren't answered. I think it would be far less destruc-
our society? Is this cameo not Wen- Matthew Reed in gym clothes. Henner: That's not true. God an- tive to remove the minds of the in-
ner's way of rallying new trendy sup- Laraine Newman balances the swers all prayers. He just said "No." dustry than to remove the sexual
port for the unfortunately successful sexual scale, offering the reality that (She smiles.) essence of this film. As it stands, the
magazine? all women are not created equal. The Newman: (Much later, to Travolta) movie leaves you with a soft sense of
LIBERAL ARTS As for his acting, Jann Wenner not-ready-for-prime-time player giv- I think I'll go try and scare up a gang distorted reality felt through logical
MAJORS.., played the best Jann Wenner I've es a piece of her character's soul in bang. progression of two fictitious persons'
seen. He was bright, abrupt, witty, this dialogue with Marilu: So why won't Perfect win any lives. Look at the photograph and see
and had just the right amount of Henner: When I was a little girl, I awards in the minds of the industry? their faces. These - unlike many -
sleazy to qualify him for the job. Even prayed so hard for tits ... Four reasons. are not plastic.

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You're Needed
All Over the
World.
Ask Peace Corps volunteers why
their ingenuity and flexibility ore
as virol as their degrees. They'll
tell you they ore helping the
world's poorest peoples attain
self sufficiency in the oreos of food
production, energy conservation,
education, economic develop-
ment .and health services. And
they'll tell you about the rewards
of hands on career experience
overseas. They'll tell you it's the
toughestjob you'll ever love.
PEACE CORPS

Answer-service antics get 'Bells' ringing

By Susanne Baum
T he fabulous '50s are reenacted in the Ann
Arbor Civic Theatre's production of Bells Are
Ringing. This bouncy, light-hearted musical, writ-
ten by Betty Comden and Adolf Green with music
by Jule Styne, captures all the highlights of New
York City in the '50s.
The hilarious plot revolves around Susanswer-
phone, an answering service in New York. A swit-
chboard operator, Ella, stumbles onto some
rather bizarre clients and tries to help them with
their soap-opera lives. She becomes particularly
attached to Jeffrey Moss, a dashing, young
playwright who is suffering from a severe case of
writer's block.
Other clients include a frustrated dentist who
would ratherwrite songs than fill cavities and a
down-and-out:actor with a Marlon Brando com-

plex. chorus members play typical, grouchy, hostile, in-
At Susanswerphone, Sue, the owner, adds troverted subway passengers and view Ella as a
Sandor, the chief executive of pseudo-record com- - lunatic. One by one, Ella charms each passenger
pany (really an underground bookie operation) to and turns the car into a song and dance event.
her client rester. Sandor invents a supposedly "I like dances that have some substance, rather
foolproof system for betting on horses through than a few cute steps - and off the dancer oes,"
symphony record orders. All bets are handled uq Posante said. "My choreography has a sense of
wittingly by the Susanswerphone operators- humor and is relevent to the particular show."
To add even more humor, a blundering police Bells takes place in the '50s, and the free, high
inspector thinks the bookie operation is a energy movements of the times greatly influenced
prostitution ring and puts Susanswerphone on- Posante.
der survillance. "(The) cast consists of the top-notch performers
"At first, Bells Are Ringing seemed like a in town," he said. "They range from 15 to 165-
simple, funny show," director/choreographer Jim years-old and all possess the triple threat: Each
Posante said. "After a few rehearsals, I realized can sing, dance and act. Thechoral sound of this
this show is not just a spectacle, it has a purpose," group will blow people away.
In Bells, each chorus member has a distinct Bells Are Ringing will run from Wednesday
personality and their uniqueness is used to create through Saturday at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee
the proper mood in each seen-iA one scene, Ella on' Saturday at the Power Center on 121 Fletcher
walks onto a subway car palling and singing. The St. Call62-7282 fortickets...

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