Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 24, 1974, Page 10

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette June 24, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa •tv The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Man,, Jan* 24, 1474 The marquee of the decidedly G rated "That’s Entertainment", at Manhattan’s Ziegfield theater, forecasts a future for Hollywood productions in which the cast keeps its clothes on. Producers are eyeing the supreme court and audience reaction to films lacking X rated bedroom scenes. Theater Time Schedule for Monday PARAMOUNT - “Blur* Slimmer” — 7. 8 30, IO. IOWA — “Huckleberry Finn” - I 30 . 3 35, 5 40 , 7:45, 9:50 WORLD — “The Golden Voyage of Smbad" — I 30, 3:20, 5:20. 7:25, 9 25, shorts - 3:15, 5:10, 7. IO, 9 IO. TIMES — “Panorama Blue” - 2, 3:25, 8. 9:25 PLAZA — “Snowball ★ THIS WEEK ★ THE BANK presents “BIRTH”1 I* OPEN DAILY 11:30 ►NOW SERVING FOOOj Express” — 2. 5:30, 9 05; “The World’s Greatest Athlete" — 3:50, 7 20 STAGE I — “American Graffiti” — 7 45, 9 50. STAGE 2 — “Zardoz" — 7:30. 9:30 STAGE 3 - “Billy Jack” -7 40, 9 50. STAGE 4 — “Where the Lilies Bloom" — 7 45, 9 40. EASTOWN I - “The Exorcist” - 7:15. 9 30 EASTOWN 2 - “Paul and Michelle" - 7. 8:50. MARION I. 3, 5, 7. 9. Features at ll, Monday Night Pitchers of Oly $1 The Emergency Room 4650 1st Av*. NI COLLINS - “Walking Tall" - 9 20; “Charly" - 11 45; “Where Does It Hurt?” — 1:30. TWIXT TOWN - “Cold Sweat” — 9:IO; “The Valachi Papers" — 10:50; “Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street" — L TWIN WEST - “Dirty Mary Crazy Larry" — 9 25; “The Culpepper Cattle Co.” — 11:15 TWIN EAST - “The Naughty Stewardesses" — 9:25; "Women for Sale" — 11:25 SERVING NIGHTLY CHOICE PRIME RIB OF BEEF TUESDAY IS CONEY DAY (CHILI DOC) * 19c A & W DRIVEIN ROOM (JUST A LITTIE BIT BETTER] Appearing At Th* Keyboard MARY PIKk Nightly except Fri, 310 THIRD AVENUE SE, DOWNTOWN TELEPHONE 362 8679 SPECIAL Mon., Tues. and Wed. Vi POUND LY. 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SN TUESDAY SPECIAL 720 10th St kPh. 377-6351 MARION Cast Keeps Clothes in Current Film Trend ^    ■    unlit    I    hit    tit    id    I    {Hit    I    hi    f    h By Bob Thomas LOS ANGELES (AP) - For IO years, American films have piled shock upon shock as movie makers responded to the Sexual Revolution Now the trend seems to be slowing “I’ve noticed in the scripts I read," says Jack Lemmon, winner of this year’s best actor Oscar “The raw sex seems to he on the decline "After all, what is left to shock people with” Everything has been done on the screen, and familiarity makes things no longer shocking lf everybody streaked, nobody would notice “Even so, look how fast streaking has faded as a craze.” Lemmon’s views are shared by other leaders of the film community. Says Robert Wise, maker of "The Sound of Music" and “The Andromeda Strain”, and president of the Directors Guild of America "I see a definite trend away from daring material on the screen. Not only because audiences have grown accustomed to it. There is also a concern on the part of most filmmakers about what course the supreme court will take." Wise referred to the June, 1973 decision by the U S . supreme court allowing states and communities to decide their own standards of obscenity. Mike Nichols’ ‘Tarnal Knowledge" was ruled obscene in Albany, Ga., and an appeal is pending before the supreme court. “Personally, I know of eight films that have not been made because of the decision,” said director John Frankenheimer of “The Manchurian Candidate”. Sue Mengers, who represents Barbra Streisand, Gene Hackman and other stars for the Creative Management Agency, observed that the studios have “been afraid of the X-rated picture for the last ouple of years." Corporate Dignity believes there is a trend toward implicit vs explicit sox on the screen for esthetic reasons. Says Tom Gries, director of “The Hawaiians” and “QBVH”: “I’ve always felt that graphic sex does a disservice to the film and is counterproductive, I base that on my belief that the American audience in particular is not ready to sit through a sex scene. It takes them out of the story and makes each person aware of himself. “This is not any moral abjuration I simply believe, and most directors and producers agree, that it just doesn’t work to put sex scenes in movies.” Another filmmaker, Jack Sought, now directing “Airport, 1975’’, said he sees a decline in depiction of sex in movies. “From now on, I think it will Im* used only when it fits into the story, not extraneously” Smight observed that the current trend is away from the intimate story which lent itself to sexual scenes Producers are no longer concerned with the relationship of two people; the big thing now is *he catastrophe film All-star casts are fighting to survive earthquake in “Earthquake"; fire in "The Towering Inferno"; air disaster in "Airport, 1975”; "Hindenburg”, etc. Pornography Industry Hit Actress .Susan ( lark cites another trend against sex in films: “Love stories in films nowadays are not about man and woman — they concern man and man Instead of (’lark Gable and Jean Harlow, it’s Paul Newman and Robert Redford.” The decline of interest in sex movies has hit the pornography industry, too “Our biggest problem is apathy,” explains David Friedman, president of the Adult Film Association and maker of such pornoflicks as The reasons for that fear include the supreme court decision and the threat of having to fighi legal battles in communities where such films are banned, plus the damage to corporate dignity. At least one filmmaker MEXICAN FOODS a / SERVED EVERY M TUESDAY & THURSDAY 95 *2 Party Rooms Capacity 10-125 Rehearsal Dinners RANCH SUPPER CLUB On Highway 2 I 8 Midway B«tw««n Cedar Rapid* and Iowa City 857-2641 I “Veronica Taylor” | A Dancer*§ Dancer I FREE 5:30 MATINEE a *    One lo A Ay* const    4 Use 8th St NE ti A. turn rt    I a UNIQUE MOTEL S I    Only 2 Minute* bowntown    I 852 A Ave, NE *    365-90*1    I ■■■■■seaeand MOW' Th* Creola*' OI All Aenean Adventure Star,J. “HUCKLEBERRY FINN Color WORLD PLAZA 393-8*39 PARAMOUNT 362-3269 TIMES 364-8AH NOW I intl* Thursday “THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD”_ Color tao WI I Mutt Knd Y ©morrow WMT DISNEY S “SNOWBALL WORLDS BREWST RIRIE £ T OHIO HT AT 7:00, 8:30, 10*00 “BLUE SUMMER” No One Under I 8 —.X — NC)'N I tad* Tom orrow 70 MM B Stereo Sound “PAH°RAM£BLUE” —X— open a??** th* AT* Ii, PLENTY OF FREI parking NOW! FINAL WEEKI american graffiti .PG — Hurry! End* Thur*. BILLY JACK —GP RO*! EMB Tmwft*R Science Fiction * Best ZARDOZ with SEAN CONNERY — A — NOW All The Warmth And Feeling Of Greatness “WHERE THE LILIES BLOOM” —-O— |v.y!v “The Frolic Adventures of Zorro” and “Trader Horny”. "Business for adult films is way off, and I don’t see another “Deep Throat" happening again ” Friedman estimates (here are 730 theaters playing sex movies the year around, with a steady audience of one million to two million When the major film companies “dipped their toes into our pool” with X-rated films like “A Clockwork Orange" and "Last Tango in Paris", more theaters and wider audiences were opened up for adult movies, Friedman said. "Then came Deep Throat’ and Behind the Green Door’, which were creations of the media. Without all the national publicity, they would have done ordinary business Indulged Fantasies “But everyone read about Linda Lovelace, and for the first time, sex movies were getting the carriage trade. I would guess some 30 million people saw Deep Throat’. “Some were amused, some were shocked But most of them said, ‘All right, I’ve seen a porno film, I don’t need to see another one.’ ” That’s the element of human psychology that seems to hamper both the skin-flick makers and the establishment producers who have introduced sex into major films. Says a university psychiatrist: "We are learning what the Scandinavians have known for a long time: once you remove the mystery of sex, it no longer holds the same fascination For decades the burlesque strip tease intrigued adolescent boys and middle-aged men, who indulged their fantasies in watching a shapely woman undress. “But now they see famous actresses totally nude on the screen and in magazines, and the striptease is dead.” .Sex in movies is a relatively new device for American filmmakers, although it has long flourished in foreign and underground films. It was not until the mid-1980s that the self-censoring Production Code - which prohibited “excessive and lustful kissing, lustful embraces, suggestive postures and gestures, among other things — began to crumble The code, administered by the Hays office, said: “Passion should be so treated thai these scenes do not stimulate the lower and baser element." Passion as well as nudity and frank language began seeping into American films as filmmakers sought to reflect changing moral patterns. In 1988, the Production Code was finally abolished A rating system was introduced restricting films with sexual content from being seen by children The Academy awards are usually a good indication of film industry thinking Although lavishly praised by important critics, X-rated ‘ Last Tango in Paris” was not nominated as best picture in the Oscar race. “The Fxor-cist” was expected to win a best picture Oscar, but didn’t DRAPORT INN on Hwy. 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  • Billy Jack
  • Bob Thomas
  • David Friedman
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Jack Sought
  • Jean Harlow
  • John Frankenheimer
  • Linda Lovelace
  • Mike Nichols
  • Paul Newman
  • Robert Redford
  • Robert Wise
  • Sean Connery
  • Tom Gries

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: June 24, 1974

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