Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
April 1, 1074 THB HJUtALD-7 The Great Gatsby Just edging along It's not the safest way to travel, but when you're a stunt man it's part of a day's work. Scotty Aller- dyce, left, and Wayne Dunn of the French Hell Drivers are practicing their precarious art at the Claremont showground in Perth, Australia. Emmy policy has TV groups in suit LOS ANGELES (AP) The board of trustees of the Tele- vision Academy has voted to DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC ROSS HOSACK CtrtHtad DmM Mwlwnlc 304 5th St. 8. Ph. 327-7244 award separate Emmys for series and specials at the Emmy telecast May 28. But three representatives of a .dissident group of performers, writers, directors and producers say the compromise announced does not meet the group's demands. They say they plan to go through with their SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES threatened boycott of the telecast. The committee was composed of Mary Tyler Moore, Allan Burns, co- producer of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Lee "Rich, executive producer of The Waltons, Apple's Way and Doc Elliot. However, the three said they were speaking for themselves and could not say what the other dissidents will do. Grant Tinker, Miss Moore's husband, resigned from T the CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "White Lightning" in color. Starring Burt Reynolds. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 1, 2, and 3. Monday show at p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. FORT MACLEOD Empress Theatre "Emporer of the North Pole" in color. Starring Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine. Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2. Monday show at p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN TABER Theatre "FEAR IS THE KEY" in color. Starring Barry Newman and Suzy Kendall. Monday. Tuesday, and Wed- nesday, April 1, 2, and 3. 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It will set up Emmys for actors, actresses, supporting actors, supporting actresses, writers and directors in separate categories for regular series and-tele vision movies. A prime complaint of the disident committee was tltat the new awards structure dis- criminated against regular series and that it was unfair for a series to be matched against such a television movie as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences .said Feb. 12 that it will severely limit the number of Emmys presented this year. Natives eye more time on radio EDMONTON (CP) The failure of'rural radio stations to live up to their commitments to the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) to provide free public service broadcasting is limiting the potential growth of native society, a native communications conference has been told. Larry Desmeules, executive director of the Alberta Native Communications Society said stations in areas of large native populations are charging for broadcasting the society's weekly half-hour native information programs. He urged delegates to examine the CRTC applications made by stations and see if reference isn't made to public service broadcasting. WHITE HEATHER S SPRING CONCERT 6 MONDAY, April 22-8 p.m. (Sharp) S PARAMOUNT THEATRE RON DALE: HMr. Versstlltty" i ALEX MORRIS80N: "Tenor" JOHN SHEARER: Magtotan BILL MARSHALL Shtgtng MkwtraT QIOROE HMCHII: MMM Ttdratt on LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. TUESDAY, APRIL 2nd fkytftt Fitzgerald's text preserved but substance has vanished NEW YORK "They were careless people, Tom and says Nick Carraway, the narrator, near the end of K. Scott Fitzgerald's finest novel. "The Great Gatsby." "They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they made In the latest screen version of "The Great in which Robert Redfbrd plays the flamboyant bootlegger, ne James Gatz, from Minnesota, and Mia Farrow is Daisy Buchanan, the well-born dream he held too long, Nick Carraway's Casual reflection about the careless Buchanans has been transformed into part of the film's dialogue. Other reflections and pieces ol exposition are utilized as voice-over narration on the soundtrack. A great deal of Fitzgerald's text has in this way been transferred to the screen. Yet the .substance of the novel has largely vanished. Remaining are the plot, some exceptionally good performances and an almost eye-boggling attention to the nnd-1920's Long Island settings (shot in Newport, K.I to the flapper Costumes and to the private transportation employed. The automobiles are stunning. The problem is that really has a plot no bigger than a pea, which no one seems to notice until it's put on the screen Reduced to nicre story, it's about a mvstenous tycoon (bootlegger? swindler? named Gatsby who spends one summer in a i-ong Island palace, giving parties and hoping to attract the attention iicross the bay of the first girl he, ever loved, Daisy, now married to Tom Buchanan, a wealthy polo-playing, society Slub who. on the--Side, is having an aftaii with a vulgar woman named Myrtle. That, L'.vsuniiallv, is the story, but it isn t the reason that "The Great Gatsby" haunts us which was published in 1925, is a lii.stoncal novel that was written in its own time. knew exactly what he was creating an elegy for I lie present that was already a past as represented by GuLsby's fierce devotion to the Daisy he'd known seven or eight years before and had loved ever since. But Gatsby is something more. Coming out of the West into the East, as do all the major characters in the novel, Gatsby, whom Nil-It Carraway describes as having "a romantic readiness" and "an extraordinary gift for Show Times Monday. April 1 PARAMOUNT THEATRE THE STING. 7.00 No short Subjects. TWO COMPLETE SHOWS. 7-00 9-15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects: 7.15 9 20 CINDERELLA LIBERTY- 7-25 9'35 LAST COMPLETE SHOW" 9-20 ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN COLLEQE CINEMA Short Subjects- 7-10 9-OC CARRY ON ABROAD. LAST COMPLETE SHOW. 9.0S ADULT ENTERTAINMENT is the absolute end of the same American dream that pushed the American frontier as far as the Pacific Ocean. Gatsby, the innocent, the pioneer, is ultimately destroyed by the failure of his dream, by its shallowness and lack of sense consequence.. These are the echoes that we hear throughout the novel and give it such poignancy. They also give serious dimension to -the Gatsby quasi-hoodlum character, a man who. after all, is simply operating with a kind of Irontier steadfastness and a lol oi ingenuity. The novel is so cleverly constructed that one doesn't become overly conscious of everything that's in it, nor df the things left out. Fitzgerald himself acknowledged "a big 'fault" of the book. In a letter to Kdmund Wilson he wrote: I gave no account (and had no feeling about or knowledge nt i the emotional relations Irctween Gatsby and Daisy I rum the time of their reunion until the catastrophe." This hole in the book.is filled by exposition in which Nick (ells us about Gatsby's early vears and about his brief, intense affair with Daisy in Louisville when he was in the ,irmv and about to go overseas. The movie; instead, treats us to shots of Gatsby jnd Daisy picnicking, holding hands, behaving like models in soft-focus hair dye commencial. 'Francis Ford Coppola's screenplay, taithful as it is, nev.er succeeds in communicating any passion between Gatsby and his rediscovered Daisy, and since the film is playing so heavily on nostalgia from its opening credits, it has no ftlrther reserves of sentiment to draw Upon when, in the center of the film, it (lashes briefly back to (ialsbv and Daisy in wartime Louisville. This should be the lilniji gutclutching moment, hut it just tlooks like more starry-eyed photography. The pacing of the movie is ponderous, to be very kind it. It's as if so much money and care had gone into researching the period costumes, sets and cars that the director and producer were damned if we weren't going to be impressed. This deliberate way in which each scene is set up and photgraphed, sometimes in emphasis-distorting closeups, adds the intolerable burden of (xtrtentousness to the film. There are some attractive things to look at along the way. Mia Farrow is just odd enough to be right as Daisy, a woman who cannot conceive the cruelties she so casually commits Sam VVaterston is splendid as Nick, the narrator, a role that might have looked like a tour guide's except tor' the fact that VVaterston has the presence .mil weight as an actor to give it a kind of moral heft. Bruce Item is appropriately boorish, without' being a buffoon, as Tom. and Karen Black, as Myrtle, is as good as the camera allows. I'm referring to her major scene, when she learlully describes her first meeting with Tom. which has been shot in such a tight close- up it almost destroys the iiclress with visual italics. The smaller roles are also i-llerlive- Scott Wilson as the deranged garage man, and Roberts Blossom as Gatsby's lather Kedford. handsome, open- laced. all-Ivy League in manner, is miscast as Gatsby but-1 can't see that he hurts a lilm that is otherwise so heavy-handed in design and execution It would take a Irulv extraordinary actor, Hiving j truly extraordinary to cut through I he cinematic goo RADIO-TV AWARDS GO TO EDMONTON MONTREAL (CP) The Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada has announced winners of annual news awards by stations in the prairie region. Winner of the Radio Charlie award is CFRW Winnipeg, for a series of reports on consumer affairs News director is Ron Hill. The Radio Dan award went to CHED Edmonton, for a documentary called Children ot God, dealing with a religious sect. News director is Eddy Keen. The Charlie and Dan awards lor television were won by CFRN-TV Edmonton The Charlie was" for coverage of the crash of a cargo aircraft at Leduc During a blizzard The Dan was for a documentary relating public apathy in community affairs to similar attitudes toward world affairs The Charlie awards for spot news reporting are named for Charlie Edwards, retired general manager of-Broadcast news. The Dan awards for documentaries or news specials are named for the late Dan McArthur, first chief news editor of the CBC. CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED SEOUL (AP) The United States Army finally decided to crack down on the theft of government property in South Korea after it reached million in 1972. The campaign was named Project Prevent Asset Diversions and Losses Occurring in Korea PADLOCK and by the next year thefts were reported down to ADULT paramount NOW SHOWING At p.m. all it takes is a little Confidence. PAUL EWMAN REDFORD ROBERT SHAW A GEORGE ROY HILL FILM "THE STING" A STORY FOR EVERY ONE WHO THINKS THEY CAN NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN. Cindcrdki Liberty COLOR BY DELUXE' PANAVISION' 2Ofr. Century-Fox Presents JAMES CAAN MARSHA MASON and ELI WALLACH ADULT, NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN paramount cinema TONITE and TUES. At p.m. 4 ADULT eolfege cinema TGUTE and TUES. COMMUNITY MHVICM DIPARTMBNT CITY OP UrTMBMIDQI PUBLIC SWIMMING, SKATING and MUSEUM SCHEDULE HOUTY FMTz.pcx POOL CMC ICE PtfK Noon Swm (Aduiii Only) p.m. FREE PubHcSkMtoe 4.00-9 30 p.m. NOON SWIM (ADULTS ONLY) p.m Public Swim p.m p m. p.m. NOON SWIM (ADULTS ONLY) p m 1.00-4.30 p.m. NOON SWIM (ADULTS ONLY) p m. PUBLIC SWIM p.m. FREE PUBLIC SKATING p m Pra-ScnooMn FREE Skttt 1000-12.00 noon PuMte Skating p.m. 1 00-4-30 om PUBLIC SWIM 3.00-4.30 p.m. Pbvttc SfcoWng p.m. Public Skating p.m. CLOSED PUBLIC SWIM p.m. FAMILY SWIM 6-OO-B.OO p m PUNIC SKIM p.m. Public SKIM p.m. p m Mi, April Noon Swim iidnlts 1200-1245 pm 1 00-430p.T.