Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
TuMdiy, April 30, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-7 BBC cameras study family By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (CP) The Brit- ish public, which loves noth- ing better than a marathon soap opera on radio or tele- vision, now has a real-life version of Coronation Street and Mrs. Dale's Diary to keep it glued to the box each week. It's called The Family, and chronicles the daily life in in- timate, supposedly unre- hearsed detail of a bus-driven named Terry Wilkins in Read- ing, Berkshire, his wife Mar- garet and their four children aged 9 to 19 Daughter Ma- rian, 19, is living in the same room as lodger Tom Bernes and trying unsuccessfully to get him to name the gift of a sub-plot to producer Paul Watson. The BBC, which is running the Wilkins saga over 13 weeks, chose Reading as a representative working-class town within easy reach of London and the BBC studios, and then advertised for fami- lies willing to be put under the camera-eye. About 50 replies flowed in, but not all were serious applications. The Wilkinses, by all ac- counts, are sturdy, humorous individuals who seem unlikely to crack under the strain of TV exposure as did the Loud family of California in a sim- ilar American program. CALLED 'VOYEURS' Some critics have doubts about this, and about the mor- ality of the TV public acting as but at least one found the first episode a sur- prisingly enjoyable ex- perience "The most unexpected thing is that it is superbly success- ful and delicately writes Nancy Banks-Smith of The Guardian, often an abra- sive critic of such family soap-operas. She finds the Wilkins family "genuinely funny and glorious" and says the mother came out with one spon- taneous line that scriptwriters Show Times PARAMOUNT THEATRE SERPICO 700 9 10 No Short Subjects TWO COMPLETE SHOWS 700910 RESTRICTED ADULT PARAMOUNT CINEMA THE STING 715 925 No Short Subjects TWO COMPLETE SHOWS 7 00 9 10 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE CINEMA PAPILLON 6 30 9 00 No Short Subjects TWO COMPLETE SHOWS 6 30 9 00 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN THEATRE TWO LANE BLACK TOP 9 00 RED SKY AT MORNING 1100 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 9 00 GATES OPEN e so ADULT ANGLO CAMERAS AT LOWER PRICES 419 5th Street S would fight each other for. Mrs. Wilkins was talking to daughter Marian, who opined that Tom, her intended, was "a bit thick." "He's not replied Mum smartly. "Otherwise you wouldn't still be engaged. You'd be married to him." Early in the first episode, Mrs. Wilkins informed the watching millions that her youngest, Christopher, aged 9, wasn't her husband's child. Added the candid Mrs. W: "There's not many men would take another man's child and never mention it." TV ATTRACTS Such eager disclosures prompt The Daily Telegraph's critic, Sean Day-Lewis, to wonder what it is about tele- vision that draws so many people to offer themselves to the public gaze upon it. He quotes a favorite British TV story, generally supposed to be true, about a well-known public figure who was asked if he would appear on a dis- cussion program for a fee of He wrote back that he would be delighted, and enclosed his cheque for Day-Lewis puts the whole phenomenon down to "a hid- den urge to undress in pub- lic The Wilkins family, he says, "are doing a three- month streak before the en- tire nation without fear of ar- rest The family, he reports, seems undaunted by the pros- pect of cameras following them at all only just short of the bath- indeed, seems al- most oblivious of their pres- ence. But he confesses to a "feeling of queasiness" about the whole concept. His misgivings are shared by Elizabeth Cowley of The Evening Standard. "There is a niggling she writes "Ought we to en- joy being a nation of voy- eurs'" Conceding that the program 'may turn out a vaulahle his- torical dossier on the life and times of a typical "silent ma- jority" family of the 1970s, she says that even if the ex- prience doesn't break up the Wilkinses as it did their American counterparts, "they are absolutely bound to be changed Grant received A Canada Council research grant of has been awarded to Ian Newbould for the continuation of his PhD research project on the Whig party of England during the reform age. He will conduct research for three months in the Windsor and London areas on 19th century politics. THE POCKETBOOK EXCHANGE WEBUY-SELL 416 13th Street North MINUTE ERVICE PASSPORT-CITIZENSHIP-I.D. and VISA PHOTOGRAPHS (Blnck or color THE PASSPORT FACTORY Upsiairs Suiti F 303 5tti St S Phoni Phoni328 9344 SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "HARRY IN YOUR POCKET" in color Starring James Coburn and Michael Sarrazm. Tuesday, April 30 show at p.m. ADULT, NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN FORT MACLEOD Empress Theatre "THE LAST AMERICAN HERO" In color. Tuesday, April 30 show at p.m. ADULT. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "PAT GARRET AND BILLY THE KID" in color. Tuesday, April 30 show at p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. TABER Tower Theatre "BADGE 373" in color. Starring Eddie Egan. Tuesday, April 30 show at and p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT Musicians sing, for Ellington Jukebox field still bright says builder CHICAGO (AP) Despite Wurlitzer's decision to abandon the jukebox field, the jukebox era still is thriving at a company that has placed its blaring and shimmering machines from harems in Arabia to the traditional Cm Her saioon. "We can sell as many as we says David Rockola, son of the founder-president of Rock-Ola, Inc., which claims it now is North America's largest manufacturer of jukeboxes. Rock-Ola does not believe that the decision last month by Wurlitzer to end jukebox production signifies the end of an era. "We think the industry has dynamic growth says Rockola, vice-president of vending sales. "Eighty per cent of our distributors have placed one of our new models. Rock- Ola's sales have gone up 100 per cent in the last 10 years.'' Rock-Ola is a privately- owned company and declines to release sales numbers and figures E G Dons, executive vice- president, estimates there are jukeboxes tucked in snack shops, taverns, bowling alleys and youth halls around the country. "By 1980" he says, "a pos- sible quarter of a million new locations for phonograph equipment will be opening up across the country." father put the company in the jukebox business in 1934, a year after Wurltizer-doubts that the life of the jukebox era is threatened by the shift from city to suburban dwelling and the increase of home sound systems. "The young people are so music oriented today, they think nothing of dropping a quarter in a jukebox to hear a couple of songs And a quarter means less to the average guy now than a nickel meant to his father during the he says Rock-uia also is a major ex- porter of jukeboxes. "We do business in more than 60 for- eign Rockola says "We nave sold phonographs to an Arabian country that wanted them installed in a harem. We have them on luxury liners like the He de-France We're in Swiss ski resorts. He says the jukebox has one feature that nothing else has. selectivity "They used to call it the 'poor man's and it's true The jukebox is a cornple'tely democratic institution Anyone can put his money in, pick a song and everybody else has to listen to it until the next guy comes along with his he adds WON THREE OSCARS Katherine Hepburn is the only performer to win three Oscars for leading Morning Glory, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and The Lion in Winter. TONIGHT 'KURT TOM' AT THE MINERS' 733 -13th Street North Members and Invited Guest Only! Community Services Department City of Lethbridge Notice of Organizational Meeting Lethbridge Summer Competitive Swimming Club CIVIC SPORTS CENTRE GYM NO. 2 Wednesday, May 1 p.m. At work Sculptor Henry Moore is shown at work in his studio in the village of Much Hadham, just north of Moore, the first major sculptor ever produced in Britain, created the massive archer, which stands in front of Toronto's city hall. NEW YORK (AP) For this birthday party Satin Doll was more appropriate than Happy Birthday. And Satin Doll it was Sunday as dozens of musicians sang, wailed and tooted the praises of Duke Ellington for his 75th birthday. The birthday Monday of America's most prolific jazz composer was celebrated throughout last week with such events as a Carnegie Hall concert and United States Information Agency broadcasts in 36 languages The celebration here Sunday brought together 35 jazz groups and soloists, and the music and memories were all Ellington. Ellington was not able to take part since he is in hospital here with an undisclosed illness. In the afternoon, a 10-piece group led by Bob Wilbur played from Ellington's songbook at the New York Jazz Museum. Later, Jazz group that promotes jazz- brought together dozens of musicians playing in the three large rooms that make up the downstairs restaurant Pub Theatrical. Former and present members of the Ellington band took up one room with a program called Ellington All Stars. They played In a Mellow Tone and Satin Doll for half an hour and made it seem like minutes. LOS ANGELES (AP) "I guess I wasn't cut out to be a beachcomber." said Claudette Colbert, explaining why she ended a 10-year retirement for a gruelling six-month tour of the United States and Canada in a new play. Miss Colbert, 68, who won the Academy award for It Happened One Night, is back in A Community of Two, a play by Jerome Chodorov. The theatre is the new Shu- bert in Century City, occupying the onetime 20th Century-Fox backlot where she made Drums Along the Mohawk, Three Came Home and other films. Her last film was Parrish in 1961. Born in Paris and educated' there and in New York, Miss Colbert came to Hollywood in the late 1920s When her movie career began to dip, she re- turned to the stage in 1958, scoring a hit with Charles Boyer in Marriage-Go-Round. She retired to Barbados 10 years ago, "but nobody ever retires in our business, not when you've got acting in your blood Her latest play will take her to Phoenix, St Louis, Cincin- nati, Columbus, Ohio, Cleve- land, Toronto, New Haven and Chicago RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Promoters of a scheduled two- day rock festival that drew thousands of fans lost a court fight Sunday to overturn an in- junction against continuing the concert. The festival was marred by a not Saturday. Three Virginia Supreme Court justices refused to lift the injunction against the Cherry Blossom Rock Festival The ban was imposed earlier Sunday by Judge Randolph Tucker when Richmond officials argued that the continuation of the concert threatened the health and safety of city residents and property FAITHFUL FAN Myra Franklin of Cardiff, Wales, saw the film The Sound of Music more than 900 times TV DIRECTOR Norman Powell has a special w ord lor his latest guebt "Mom She is Joan Blondcll. As a further all in the show business family note. Powell began his television career a decade ago directing his tather, the late Dick Powell, in episodes of a Western series. Soviet film questions spiritual value loss By ROBERT EVANS MOSCOW (Reuter) In a Russian provincial town, a pimping restaurant waiter rounds up an ugly mob of prostitutes and petty crooks to entertain a stranger flashing money and looking for a good time. A former peasant turned criminal lies prostrate in a green country field sobbing for his wasted life and claws the ground in a symbolic vow to rebuild his existence as a farmer These are two key scenes in a new film showing to crowded cinemas across the Soviet Union and startling au- diences with a view of Rus- sian life and a philosophy that appear to run counter to offi- cial Communist ideology. The film. The Red Snowball Tree, is the story of the last few weeks in the life of Yegor his release from his fifth labor camp term to his murder by the chief of a gang to which he once belonged but left to try to go straight. Praise The film's underlying theme is the depraving effect of ur- ban existence on a man from the country and it suggests that the traditional values of Russian village life provide a source of regeneration for So- viet society Cultural sources here say the film's makers were con- cerned that it would not pass official censorship, especially after a speech by President Nikolai Podgorny calling for more ideology in the cinema. Although the entire Soviet press has praised the film and 55 cinemas in Moscow alone featured it in its first week of release, there have been signs of disquiet at its message among official critics The government newspaper Izvestia noted that director Vasily Shukshin, who also plays the role of Prokudin, had told one film journal that his main concern was "the fate of a man who exchanges the countryside's system of morality, spiritual values and traditions for another environ- ment. Challenged It is "strange the Iz- vestia critic said, to suggest "that in our socialist life there are different systems of morality and spiritual values between the country and the town." To many Russians and for- eigners who have seen The Red Snowball Tree, the amaz- ing aspect of its depiction of Prokudin 's stumbling bid to reform himself is that the drive comes mainly from an inner impulse to regain the lost joys of his country youth, to return to his roots. He is helped on his way by his love of Lyubov, a village woman who resembles the beauties of Russian folk tales and ikon paintings. By contrast, a pretty woman police investigator, herself born in a peasant fam- ily, rejects a flower from Pnkudm because, the film seems to say, her city educa- tion has destroyed her under- standing of the people among whom she was raised The film makes no sugges- tion that the Communist party has any role in Prokudin's re- habilitation In "rokudin uown a JOD as uiiver tor a collective farm chairman because he objects to having to open car doors for officials. Mysticism What film is a mystical spirit and air of Russian religiosity, both pa- gan and orthodox A deserted but gleaming white church dominates the horizon in many of the coun- try scenes and when the prostrate Prokudin makes his final vow to return to the soil, the church looms above his head. After his murder, the film ends with his disembodied voice telling the grieving Lyu- bov: "Don't be sad. There are so many people around you and you have to live. When We meet, you'll tell me every- thing." There is little doubt that the words suggest the two will meet again in an after-life, an amazing idea to be expressed in a Soviet film Shukshin, 43, and himself of peasant origin, adapted the screenplay from one of his own stories. He is among a group of younger Soviet writers sometimes described as Slavophiles for their de- fence of traditional Russian life against new, industrial ways. On a more prosaic level, The Red Snowball Tree sur- prises its audiences with a picture of criminal and mar- criminal life whose ex- istence is often officially de- nied here Prokudin's former gang and their girls are shown oper- ating apparently successfully in a small provincial town, and have little difficulty m es- caping the police in a raid on their hideout paramount NOW SHOWING RESTRICTED ADULT Warning Language Throughout Many of his fellow officers considered nun the most dangerous man alive-an honest cop MAAMOUNT RCLEASt UNO Ot LftURENTIIS PTsenis AL RACING "SCRPICO" paramount cinema POSITIVELY ENDS WEDNESDAY _..all it takes is a little Confidence ADULT 'PAUL NEWMAN ROBERT REDFORD A GEORGE ROC HILL FILM "THE STING' college cinema DEFINITELY LAST 2 DAYS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN Escape is Everything! CONTAINS VIOLENT SEQUENCES ALLIED ARTISTS presets STEUEDUSTin fllcQUEEn HOHIM in a FRANKLIN J SCHAFFNER film green acre drive in WED. 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