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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                'Black Hand' Isn't Typical Black Film "Five on the Black Hand with Leonard Jackson. Clarice Taylor and Tur- moil. A United Artists release. At the Paramount theater. Hollywood rating PG: Parental guidance suggested. By Mike Denpree Remember those formula movies of the 40s, the comedy- dramas where things get a lit- tle sticky for a while, but everything comes out okay in the end? Well, change the setting to Watts and switch an all-black cast for the all-white cast, and you've got "Five on the Black Hand Leonard Jackson plays John Henry Brooks, a domineering male chauvinist who heads up a family that's about 20 years ahead of him. Take Sides Mrs. Brooks (Clarice with the help of her son and some neighbors, launches a women's liberation counter-attack, and the family takes sides. The clash between the old and new threatens to mar the wedding of daughter Gail, as pickets march in front of the Brooks home and Dad refuses to even look at his wife's list of non-negotiable demands. What follows isn't exactly a surprise, but it wasn't intended to be. It's a standard tale, with a little humor (not enough) and a few words of wisdom (too obviously aimed at a black audience. It's overly long and poorly edited, but there are some redeeming aspects. Jackson's performance is one, as is Ja'Net Dubpis' small role as Stormy Monday, the neighborhood's liberated woman. Convincing, Srawth If anything holds the film together, though, it's Glynn Turman's performance as Gideon. He's convincing and smooth as the youngest son, living on the roof because of his philosophical differences with his father and heading up his mother's quasi-military fight for equal rights. And despite its shortcom- ings, the film is a welcome change from the sex-violence themes that have dominated "black films" in recent years. Jackson Dead NEW YORK (AP) Lawrence Jackson, 53, who tap danced as Baby Laurence with top jazz instrumentalists since the 1940s, died earlier this week. Jackson, who began his career al age 11, worked with the bands of Duke Ellington, Woody Her- man and Count Basie. Personal Glimpses of Nixon The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sat., April S, 19J4 WASHINGTON (AP) If your door squeaks, you oil it. Unless you're the President, in which case your lawyer gets written reports. This and other insights to the' private side of presidential life are contained in a 994-page congressional staff report on President Nixon's income taxes. The saga of the squeak and the accompanying problem of the pantry were discussed in a letter to Nixon's personal lawyer, Herbert Kalmbach, from a contracting firm that did a lot of work at the President's San Clemente, Calif., estate. The letter, reproduced in the congressional document, said in part: floor Squeaked "During the dinner party for the Hopes, Fords and Arnold Palmer, the swinging door squeaked between the dining room and the pantry. Also, the light in the pantry was so bright it destroyed the candlelight atmosphere. The door was oiled and doesn't squeak anymore but the light is still a problem. It could be fixed by putting it on a separate switch." The contracting firm was paid during 1971 for a variety of items, but the report doesn't say whether a separate switch for the pantry light was among them. At about the same time, the firm, The Sturtevant Corp., al- so was involved in the installa- tion of an exhaust fan in the chimney of a fireplace at San Clemente. That episode began with a note from Kalmbach observ- ing: "Mr. Rebozo says the President feels the fireplace in the library doesn't draw too Theater Time for Saturday PARAMOUNT "Five on the Black Hand Side" 2, IOWA "Night Watch" WORLD "The Sting" shorts TIMES "The Last Detail" shorts 7'15 PLAZA "Fantastic Planet" 2, 5, 8 MARION Features at 11 1. 3, 5. 7, 9, 11. COLLINS "Charley Varrick" 8; "High Plains Drifter" 10; "The Grissom Gang" TWIXT TOWN "The Demon Lover" 8; "The Vel- vet Vampire" "The Devil's Nightmare" "In the Devil's Garden" TWIN WEST "Heavy Traffic" "Sisters" 10; "A Shot in the Dark" STAGE 1 Graffiti" STAGE 2 "Blazing Sad- dles" STAGE 3 "The Three Musketeers" STAGE 4 "Serpico" EASTOWN 1 "The Exor- cist" 6, EASTOWN 2 "The Exor- cist" 5, "American TWIN EAST Danish Delights" "Don't Just Lay There" "Come One, Come All" Trophy Lounge presents every Fri. Sat. "KAYNE" 519 II Slrlf I S.W. Every Sot. p.m. BEEFEATERS BUFFET par person Children undor 10, Roast Round of Beef, Slroganoff, Relishes, Desserts Grant Wood .Kitchen, !LT MOTOR HOTEL ADJACENT GUEST PARKING rJ O L_J "Fantastic directed fay Rene Laloux from a screenplay by Roland Topor and Rene Laloux. At the Plaza theater. Hollywood rating: PG Parental Guidance suggested. By Douglas Beach "Fantastic Planet" is an animated science-fiction tale unlike anything most American audiences will have seen before. Virtually the only animated features being produced in this country are the Disney pictures and the X-rated cartoons like "Fritz the The style of "Fantastic Planet" has nothing in com- mon with either. The Oms, who are apparently Caucasian human beings, look like they sprang from Michelangelo's sketch pad rather than the pen of a cartoon animator. Surrealistic Plants Along with a race of much larger blue humanoids called Draags, the Orns inhabit a planet covered with surrealis- tic plants, animals and struc- tures that might have been created by Salvador Dali. If all this sounds rather arty, it is. And that raises the ques- tion of what kind of audience would want to sec this film. Produced mostly in Czech- oslovakia with some French assistance, "Fantastic Planet" is largely an art film. That means simply that its main appeal will be to those who normally admire the imagina- tion and artistry of foreign films. Just because it's animated doesn't mean it's for kids. A good deal of the dialog and philosophy will go over the heads of all but the most ma- ture children. And the sight of human-looking Oms being stomped tn death like ants by Draags is definitely not for pre-schoolers. Arc Human The story never says the Oma are human. We learn from'the Draags that Oms wero brought from a planet called you scholars will know is the Latin for Earth. Oms had a con- siderable civilization there, but apparently destroyed it in some kind of war before the Draags arrived. Draags keep a number of domestic Oms for their children, who treat them as a cross between pets and toys. But a large number of un- domesticated or "savage' Oms run wild, stealing food and creating a problem roughly comparable to mice for the Draags. Consequently, the Draags conduct periodic extermination drives against the wild Oms This might have gone on in- definitely, but one of the domestic Oms happens to gain access to a Draag learning device. Shift Power When this Oms steals the device and joins the wild Oms, the Draag knowledge enables them to shift the balance ol power. For those interested in see- ing the movie, I'll leave the ending in obscurity except to say that it's surprisingly quick and, for me, unsatisfying. But as I suggested before, "Fantastic Planet" isn't a movie where plot is of prime importance. Its interest lies mostly in unusual animation and imaginative episodes and details. Friday Saturday SKIP DYER DAVE DeMOSS STEVE BARBER A.M. .en'j 88 16thAve. SW well there is smoke in the room." Wind Conditions The Sturtevant firm diag- nosed the trouble as coming when wind conditions caused a downdraft. The fan was in- stalled, but the General Ser- vices Administration wouldn't pay the bill until the secret sen-ice was prevailed upon to insist on the fan for security reasons. A memo from Kalmbach's secretary, Marilyn Parent, to Warren Sturtevant told how the Secret Service was convinced: "Ken lacovone informed me that SS would pay for the in- stallation of the fireplace fan after I informed him that it definitely was placed for security purposes and how would he like it if you-know- who was asphyxiated ever because there was a certain wind condition which caused the draft to come downwards and cause the smoke to come into the room. He finally agreed with me." Russian Press Criticizes West's European Troop Cut Proposals MOSCOW (AP) A leading Soviet newspaper cruized Western proposals at the European force reduction talks in Vienna as "amorphous." but it did not reject them. The commentary in Sovietskaya Rossiya seemed to leave ground for compromise between the force reduction plans put forward by East and West at Vienna, and it ma> have been intended to revive the dormant talks. The Western countries have proposed two stages of force cats. The first would involve only Soviet and American forces in central Kurope, trimming each by 15 percent. This would require the removal of about Americans and Russians. In the second' stage there would be reductions of about 10 percent in the troops of the Nurlh Atlantic Treaty Or- ganization and 20 percent in those of the Warsaw Pact countries. The goal of the Western plan is men on each side. Al present the Warsaw Pact has about men against for NATO. The commentary criticized the plan on three counts: W11AM PfJER BWnyS aiENBURSTYN-IIEI.COBB IASONMILLEB-LINDHBUI8 WISNE80F2ACSDEMY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST SOUND SND SCREEN PLAY NEXT WEEK: "STAR DRIVER" Featuring the former lead singer from "Chariot" It lacks a specific time table for carrying ou! the reductions. It speaks only of an unequal reduction of U.S. and Soviet ground forces, promising to look at over-all NATO reduc- tions in a second stage whose timetable is nut clear. It ignores reduction of air- forces and troops with nuclear weapons. Here's that great group Sot. April 6 "Fourth Estata" MOTOR HOTEL Adjacent Guest Parking tonight sat, TEL. 393-4405 No. 1 CRIME DRAMA! PROGRAM RATED R 3 COLOR GIANTS! CLINT EASTWOOD PUSMS DRIFTER" COLOR 3 X RATED COLOR SHOCKS! 3 R RATED COLOR EPICS! SIAMESE TWINS AT BIRTH What the Devil hath joined together let no man cut asunder! "A SHOT IN THE DARK" I'll) COiOR LATE SHOWS ffil SAT, p.m. DAILY -11-1-3-5-7-9 752 JOthSt PHONE 377-1482 Mowl Ends Tuesday ELIZABETH TAYLOR IMiMNCE HASVEY Winner 7 Academy Awards BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR "THE STING" -FG- PAUl NEWMAN ROBERT REDfORD-ROBERT SHAW Hurry! FINAL DAYS! l Nowl Ends Thurs. Animated Scienco Fiction Thrills Widen Western Fve.-l MEL BROOKS' BLAZIHG HIE FANTASTIC PLANET All New Thrills 8. Action in the Fun Hit of 74 THE THREE MUSKETEERS Color ,pn. ALL LAUGHS FIVE ON THE PC- BLACKHAND SIDE Howl Ends Hiurs. 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