Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
ine L.C Violence bombarding world TV viewers made in U.S. By FLORENCE MOUCKLEY Christian Science Monitor Add another product to the list of famous American exports. TV violence. A survey of some 21 countries finds that the vast majority of violence bombarding TV viewers around the world is made in America. Generally, the situation in France sums up what is happening in many of these countries: French TV studios produce virtually no American-style adventure, detective, or western shows of their own. The violence comes largely in imports from America. However, French TV programming in prime time tends to lean toward cultural and documentary shows. The survey finds that the following are some of the main reasons why so much made-in-American violence turns up on TV screens around the world: Buying American TV shows which are available in abundance is cheaper than producing programs from scratch. Although every country has its own system of controlling what is shown on TV, in most cases there is lack of strict enforcement, or vague rules about what constitutes violence. With a few exceptions there is little concerted public outcry against TV savagery. Some countries, exposed to Japanese and Chinese TV violence, do not find American fare all that offensive. There is a lack of conclusive evidence on the detrimental effects or non- DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC ROSSHOSACK Certified Denial Mechanic 8 304 5th St. S. Ph. 327-7244 effects of TV violence on adults and children. CANADA EXCEPTION The publicly owned network, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the two private networks include very little violence in their own programming. Televised National Hockey League games, with their frequent brawls, probably constitute the largest single block of domestically produced violence on Canadian TV. In Spain, there is little control of TV violence despite the fact that TV is run by the state and producers and directors come under government controls. In West Germany, economics obliges the two quasi-government but independent TV networks to import a sizable portion of the programming on the three channels. But after a hot debate over TV violence some two and three years ago, an effort has been made to reduce the proportion of violence-heavy imports most of them American. In Britain, a 1972 British Broadcasting Corporation study found that nearly one- half of the fictional drama programs (series, films, plays, and serials) were American imports of which 54 per cent included violent incidents compared with 42 per cent for the home-grown variety. Although 57 per cent of viewers affirmed that ''there is too much violence on television these days" as of last year, ITV, Britain's commercial regional network received fewer complaints about violence than about sex and strong language. Irish television viewers are faced with more and more violence on their screens whether they turn on the Irish state network, RTE, or switch to one of the three British channels. ELKS PUBLIC BINGO 1251 3rd AVENUE SOUTH EVERY THURSDAY 8 p.m. 16 GAMES NEW BLACKOUT Played TIM Won (No Numbsr Limit) IF WON ON A BLUE BONUS CARD (No Limit Purchased) PAYS DOUBLE No under 10 allowed. ELKS and INVITED GUESTS ONLY DOWNSTAIRS WIIKIND Thursday, April 25 "SOUf H COUNTRY FOUR" Friday, April 26 "ALBERTA RANCH BOYS" Saturday, April 27 Upstain "49'ert" Downstairs "SOUTH COUNTRY FOUR" SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "WITH 6 YOU GET EGG ROLL" in color. Starring Jack Lemmon Wednesday, April 24, show at p.m. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "I ESCAPED FROM DEVILS ISLAND" in color Starring Jim Brown. Wednesday and Thursday, April 24 and 25. Wednesday show at p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. TABER Tower Theatre "EXECUTIVE ACTION" in color. Starring Burt Lan- caster. 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PHONE 327-3536 329-4474 In Latin America, there is little restraint over the amount of violence permitted, much of it coming in the form of U.S. programs. There are codes of television and radio conduct in most Latin-American countries, but enforcement is weak and is usually directed toward news and documentary shows. Violence on television in the Middle East comes largely from American material with varying degrees of censorship exercised to keep it out. In Australia, of the 20 programs a week in the "violent" category broadcast in major cities, about 10 are imported from the U.S. Others come from Britain and the rest are locally packaged police dramas. Opinion polls show a high proportion of people disapprove to some extent of TV brutality, but this does not show up in active campaigns such as those organized against sexually oriented programs. In Japan, violence thought to be a throwback to Japan's feudal Samurai tradition in which warriors fought savage battles in the service of their lords permeates the country's TV programming. Not only does brutality make up a large part of programming in Japan but it is also exported to other countries. Television shows in the. Soviet Union put emphasis on bravura scenes which portray the heroism of Communist "good guys." Close-up violence is invariably action in which anti-Communists impose cruelty on helpless victims. In the Communist world, sexual extravagance, violence of rape, erotica, and permissiveness are generally taboo. On the bright side: Many countries do try to schedule violence-laden programs only after children are supposed to be asleep. Women cadets WASHINGTON (Reuter) Three women have been se- lected as the first female cadets at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Delaware Democrat Senator Joseph Biden said yesterday this marked the first time women have been selected for entrance to a federal academy. "We have broken another barrier along the road towards equality among the he said. Jean Gascon richer Festival theatre director wins annual bank award By BRUCE EASSON TORONTO (CP) Jean Gascon, artistic director of the Stratford Festival for the last seven years, was named winner today of this year's Royal Bank Award. The announcement was made at a news conference by P. D. McTaggart-Cowan, a member of the Royal Bank Award selection committee. "Jean Gascon's achievement is unique in Canadian Mr. McTaggart-Cowan said. "He has made a major contribution in both the English and French languages." Presentation of the and a gold medal will be made at a dinner in Stratford May 21, two weeks before the opening of Mr. Gascon's final season as artistic director of the Stratford Festival Prior to joining Stratford, Mr. Gascon, 54, was artistic director of Montreal's Theatre du Nouveau Monde for 15 years. He has directed You thought the action in "THE STING" was the biggest "CON" in town. wall, in the classic parlance of the LEGITIMATE THEATRE "You ain't seen nothing yet" in dramatic proof thereof. The Playgoers of Lethbridge are pleased to present "A BREATH OF SPRING" Tomorrow, Friday and Saturday at the Yates p.m. All seats 2 dollars at Leister's and fhe dcor. or acted in more than 100 plays in English and French, both for the stage and television. Previous winners of the Royal Bank Award, created in 1967, include neurosurgeon Dr. Wilder Penfield, Paul- Emile Cardinal Leger, novelist Morley Callaghan and rehabilitation expert Dr. Gustave Gingras. The award is to recognized distinguished Canadians whose "outstanding achievement is of such importance that it is con- tributing to human welfare and the common good." Mr. Gascon said that when the Stratford season ends in September, he plans to use part of the award money to take a sabbatical. "After 30 years in my profession, I have a need to refresh said Mr. Gascon who was born in Montreal. He said he plans to travel in Europe and the United States as well as in Canada where he intends to visit regional theatres. His only commitment in the year following the end of the Stratford season is to act in and direct a production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night at the Theatre de Nouveau Monde. Rehearsals begin for the production Jan. 28 and it is scheduled to open March 1, he said. He plans to take a small house in pied a he said he doesn't intend to confine his activities to Montreal. "Maybe I'll buy the house with some of the he added. "I would like to own my own roof." Although he had been offered a number of posts, he turned them all down, said Mr. Gascon who also helped found the National Theatre School in Montreal. "I want to see what's happening in the rest of the theatre world" and the made possible such a step. "I feel like a young puppy today." Canada's growth rate to take rapid course 0 RED COACH LOUNGE presents nightly for your entertainment HELD OVER LARRYFORD TAVERN Barney and the Beernuts' Thurs., FrL, Sat. AN INNS CANADA HOTEL Phone 327-3191______________4th Ave. 7th St. S. LONDON (CP) David Nicholson, chairman of British Airways Corp., says forecasts made by his company show Canada will have one of the world's most rapid growth rates during the coming years. It is an assessment, he said, shared by most major companies in Europe. Nicholson, addressing a seminar Wednesday on British investment in Canada, added, however, that Show Times PARAMOUNT THEATRE Short Subjects 7 00 9'15 Me 0- 7-1S 930 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9.15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA THE STING 7 15 925 No Short Subjects, TWO COMPLETE SHOWS' 7.15 9 25 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE CINEMA PAPILLON 630 9-00 No Short Subjects, TWO COMPLETE SHOWS. 6 30 9 00 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN THEATRE HITLER LAST TEN DAYS 8.00 JOE HILL' 1005 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 8'00 GATES OPEN 7'30 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT Wednesday Night at the LEGION VIMY LOUNGE "Dave Gordon Duo" ZMBERS AND INVITED QUESTS ONLY Europeans do not expect the Canadian consumer market this year to match the high 20- per-cent growth of 1973. "But a gain of between eight and 10 per cent does not seem unrealistic." The energy shortage, he said, would give a tremendous boost to oil exploration in Canada and the oil sands of Alberta would be an increasingly attractive commercial venture. SOME RESTRAINT SEEN "Canada's own export growth depends to a great extent on what happens in the U.S. and although there will probably be only a relatively mild slowdown, the European businessman believes it will be significant enough to reduce the overall rate of Nicholson said. But he stressed that this would not likely have serious long-term effects.' The conference was sponsored by The Financial Times of Britain and The Financial Post of Canada in co-operation with British Airways and Air Canada. J. H. Warren, Canadian high commissioner to Britain, said he has been encouraged by the new Labor government's deci- sion to press for more liberal trade policies within the Eu- ropean Common Market and for changes in the community's agricultural program which would provide greater access for efficient overseas producers. But "if Europe, contrary to our hopes maintains pro- tectionist agricultural policies, our full scope as agricultural producers may not be he added. Warren said Canada is striv- ing to become a greater ex- porter of manufactured goods. But it has not been greatly helped in this regard by the widespread foreign control of more important resource in- dustries. Arts centre play audience pleaser By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) A National Arts Centre theatre production of Georg Buechner's drama Woyzeck, with French actors and English puppeteers, has won such audience attention and critical praise that it may have an extended run. Now in the second of its two- week initial engagement here, the difficult 25-scene play written by a German poet and dramatist of the early 1800s, is directed by Jean Herbiet, associate director of the arts centre theatre department. The play was written in 1837, the year of Buechner's death from cholera at the age of 23, and was left unfinished a collection of scraps that drama editors have puzzled over ever since. It formed the basis of Alban Berg's opera Woyzeck, and is a powerful story of an illiterate soldier'-s life and death, written when revolution was rife in central Europe. How to produce the play with live actors is a director's conundrum, there are so many short scenes the last one, only one line long. Mr. Herbiet solved it by employing the Felix Mirbt puppeteers, who manipulate the marionettes on stage and occasionally mime parts with them Six actors and actresses, dressed in Germanic court costumes, read the lines and act as observers of the drama from a box seat overlooking the stage. SEDUCED BY CAPTAIN Monique Brasseur of Ottawa reads the lines of Marie, Woyzeck's common- law wife who is seduced by Woyzeck's army captain, precipitating her murder by the jealous soldier and his death by hanging. Marcel Girard of Montreal reads Woyzeck's lines. But all interest on stage centres on the puppets and their manipulators, led by Mr. Mirbt of Montreal. He and his five collaborators, all from Ottawa, act on stage in grey quasi-military uniforms and Dairy cows slaughtered in protest CLARK MILLS, NY. (AP) Another 100 dairy cows were slaughtered for meat today as part of a United States-wide protest to force an increase in wholesale milk prices. Officials of the National Farmers Organization (NFO) said about 200 dairy cows were slaughtered Monday. "More could be coming said Pat Leone, president of AMCO-PAC Corp., a meat- packing company, who said dairy cows are normally not slaughtered at this time of year. "We're going to have a methodical liquidation of dairy said Christopher Piening, an NFO representative. He said pregnant cows will be in- cluded. The local NFO action is part of a U.S.-wide plan to eliminate dairy cows. Participating farmers expect the action to create a milk shortage that will increase their incomes. Piening said a dairy cow is worth about but only brings about when sold for meat. If the slaughter continues, he said, fall milk production will be about 20 per cent less than the same time last year. at most times fade into the background. But occasionally, as in the scene where Woyzeck strikes Marie and in the comic relief scene of Woyzeck shaving his captain, the puppeteers join in the action themselves. Their tender treatment of the children in the play amounts to a tone piece of acting in itself. Though Woyzeck is to close this Saturday, arts centre officials have been sc encouraged by the critics and audiences that ways are being considered to continue the production, perhaps on tour in Quebec or elsewhere. paramount TONIGHT and THURSDAY ADULT WAYNE ON WHEELS! BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR TONITE and THURSDAY _..all it takes is a little Confidence ADULT PAUL NEWMAN ROBERT REDFORD ROBERT SHAW A GEORGE ROV HILL FILM 'THE STING' college cinema TONITE and THURSDAY SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN Escape is Everything! 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