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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, August 3, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 Words conjure vision of super-brother Don't call them 6black pictures' Banff Festival of Arts launched HOLLYWOOD (NEA) Don't call them "black pic- tures" anymore. Call them, if you have to call them something, "movies with black actors They've changed, that's why Hollywood's black community takes a dim view of that catch all phrase, "black pictures." Those words conjure up a vi- sion of super brother, the big black man out to bust heads and the swivel hipped black chick who hasn't got a moral to her name They're still making that kind ol film, ot course "Three the Hard Way" is a current release right out of that mold, the direct descendant of films like "Shaft" and "Super dims which set a trend that's tough to bust But it is being busted, because the blacks in Hollywood and around the countt v didn't like the picture those tilms painted of blacks and black hie The old style black films Variety calls them "blax ploitation" pictures aren't being replaced by the newer type but they are being augmented by them. It all began with which showed that blacks (and, to some extent, the white audience, too) would buy tickets to see something better. Now they're coming out at an increasing rate. There was "Five on the Black Hand Side" and "Claudine" and "Uptown Saturday Night" and more are on the way. These are family style films, films which just happen to have blacks in the cast but could just as easily concern Italians or Jews or any other minority And families are go- ing to see them in droves Our picture is enormous in the three locations where it has says Mel Tucker, who made "Uptown Saturday Night Tucker says that his film, which has a supercast headed by Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby. Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson and Richard Pryor, is aimed at an integrated audience. UNFAIR "It would be very unfair." he says, "to call this a 'black picture I never heard ELKS PUBLIC BINGO 1251 3rd AVENUE SOUTH EVERY THURSDAY 8 p.m. 16 GAMES NEW BLACKOUT Played Till Won (No Number Limit) IF WON ON A BLUE BONUS CARD (No Limit Purchased) PAYS DOUBLE No one under 16 years allowed ELKS and INVITED GUESTS ONLY DOWNSTAIRS WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT Friday, August 2nd Downstairs: "BRIDGE TOWN TRIO" Saturday, August 3rd Upstairs: "BRIDGE TOWN TRIO" IMPORTANT MESSAGE from ANGLO STEREO PHOTO Effective August 5th, Anglo Stereo Photo will remain closed On Mondays. We are doing this to maketit possible to have a full staff on for the balance of the five day week. Please be assured that on Tuesday to Saturday, from a.m. to p.m., and Thursday and Friday, till p.m. our staff of eleven professional sales and service consultants will do their utmost to be of assistance to you. STEREO PHOTO 419-5thSt. S. Phone 328-6661 SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "RIO LOBO" in color. Starring John Wayne Saturday, August 3 shows at and p m. FAMILY. "TWINS OF EVIL" in color. Sunday, August 4. MIDNITE SHOW ADULT. "CARRY ON MATRON" in color. Starring Sidney James Kenneth Williams Monay, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 5, 6, 7 Monday show at 8.15 p.m ADULT. FORT MACLEOD Empress Theatre "THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT" in color. Starring James Whitmore and Tippi Hedron. Saturday, August 3 show at p.m. SPECIAL PRICES' RESTRICTED ADULT. "MAN ON A SWING" in color. Starring Cliff Robertson and Joel Grey. Sunday, August 4, show at p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. "DEATH MASTER" and Vincent Price in "DR. PHIBES" Midnite Horror Shows Sunday, August 4 ADULT "MAN ON A SWING" Monday, Tuesday, August 5, 6. Monday show at p.m. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "SERPICO" in color. With Al Pacmo Saturday, August 3 shows at 7-00 and p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. "RED SUN" in color. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. Plus "THE REVENGERS" in color. Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Susan Hayward. Sunday, August 4 shows at p m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. "THE STUDENT TEACHERS" in color. Starring Susan Damante and Brook Mills. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 5, 6, 7. Monday show at p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. TABER Tower Theatre "TOUCH OF CLASS" in color. Starring Glenda Jackson and George Segal. Saturday, August 3 shows at and p.m. ADULT. "ASH WEDNESDAY" in color. Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Henry r-onda. Monday, Tuesday, Wed- nesday, August 5, 6, 7 Monday shows at and 9 00 p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. anybody call a film a 'white Picture And the whites, he says, are going to see it On the other hand, Joyce Selznick, one of the all-iemale team who made isn't so sure. "The jury is still she says, "on whether the white audience will go to see a film with a black cast. If it's shown in a white neighborhood, yes, they will. But if it's shown in a black neighborhood, it's still touch and go." Ms. Selznick adds, however, that "Claudine" is making a lot of money in black situations. She attributes its success to the fact that "blacks want real enter- tainment, they want love stories, they want family tare And yet, as one black com- munity leader here puts it, "there is a dichotomy among blacks they make speeches putting down black exploita- tion films and yet they line up around-the block to see them He adds that there is a feel- ing that the "super Fly" type ol film has had a bad effect on voung blacks Suggesting that criminals or at least law benders are heroes and some claim these films have given impetus to the rise in the crime rate among young blacks "They put them down but they still want to see them" he says And. naturally. Hollywood keeps making anything the people will pay money to see. white or black. Fred Wemtraub, co producer of "Black Belt Jones" and "Truck Turner" and the up- coming "Black Mass." says his pictures serve a function "They like action." he says "The black action market is part of the total black market and it s going to stay It's appeal is that the black people want to know about their own community and they want heroes CLASSIFIES FILMS Wemtraub classifies films like "Sounder" and "Lady Sings the Blues" as "mostly white pictures." He says it is very difficult to make a film that can cross over from the black market to the white. And since the black market is smaller than the white, his films must necessarily cost less "your budget must be in the he says Ms Selznick says, however. Show Times TODAY'S SHOWTIMES PARAMOUNT THEATRE Short Subjects 7 00 9 05 HUCKLEBERRY FINN 710915 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 905 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects 7 15 925 THEIVES LIKE US 725925 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 925 ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects 700 9 10 THREE MUSKETEERS 725940 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 10 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN THEATRE LIVE LET DIE 9 45 MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING 1205 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 945 GATES OPEN 900 ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN SUNDAY SHOWTIMES PARAMOUNT THEATRE Short Subjects 8 15 HUCKLEBERRY FINN 8 25 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 8 15 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA LOVE IS A SPLENDID ILLUSION 800 LOVE VIA THE SIDE DOOR 9 45 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 8 00 RESTRICTED ADULT COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects 8 15 THREE MUSKETEERS 840 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 8 15 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN THEATRE LIVE LET DIE 930 MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING 11 50 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 9 30 GATES OPEN 9 00 ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN MONDAY SHOWTIMES PARAMOUNT THEATRE HAMMER 7 00 1025 ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE 830 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 8 30 RESTRICTED ADULT PARAMOUNT CINEMA LOVE IS A SPLENDID ILLUSION 800 LOVE VIA THE SIDE DOOR 945 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 8 00 RESTRICTED ADULT COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects 215 7 00 9 10 THREE MUSKETEERS 240 725 940 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 10 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Please Note No Matinee Tuesday GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN THEATRE LADY ICE 9 30 COWBOYS 11 30 ONE COMPLETE SHOW 9 30 GATES OPEN 9 00 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT that she feels a budget of anywhere from million to 25 million is safe, "despite the dubious quality of the white audience Another problem producers of films with black audiences tace is the limited appeal these films have overseas, particularly in Europe. Traditionally, foreign sales represent roughly one half of Hollywood film's income so it that area is cancelled out, these films obviously cannot cost as much. This naturally limits them. It is doubtful if we will see, for any foreseeable time, a major black film. We will have to be content with what we are getting today. Still, despite all the- problems, the clear fact is that current black movies are headed in a new direction. There are the family films, such as "Uptqwn Saturday Night There are black horror tilms. such as the soon to be released "House on Skull Mountain." There are black comedies and black love stories and other sorts of films, in which the characters coula easily be interchanged with whites In Hollywood recently there was a two day symposium of black entertainers. Walter Burrell. a black writer, moderated and he says, "The main topic for the two days was that we are finally getting around to escaping from the exploitation thing." The feeling was definitely that blaxpliotation films were harmful to the black image, to the young blacks and to the cause of bettering race relations in general. On the other hand, films like 'Uptown Saturday Night." which Sidney Poitier got together and pushed through, are held to be beneficial in all these areas "There's a definite shift. Burrell says "But the other kinds of films aren't quitting We'll have both but. at least, that's an im- provement HUGE POTENTIAL The hydro-electric potential of the Yukon and Northwest Territories is 10.000 megawatts, hall the present electrical power production in Canada Application partially approved OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian Radio-Television Com- mission has announced its partial approval of an applica- tion by Alberta Broadcasting Ltd. to amend a cable televi- sion licence The company will be per- mitted to add CBTA-TV-3 Fort McMurray on channel 13, to add local programming and time-weather information on channel 2, to provide recorded background music, to increase its service area and to distribute CJOK Fort McMurray on channel 2, CHED Edmonton on channel 8, CKUA Edmonton on channel 11, CFCW Camrose on channel 12 and CJCA Ed- monton on channel 10. A decision on the company's application for authority to add reception and distribution of CHED, CJCA and CFCW was deferred BANFF, Alta. (CP) The 1974 Banff Festival of the Arts opened yesterday with a well- received production of Fiddler On The Roof. 42 EVENTS It was the first of 42 events planned for the next 17 days at the Banff festival, and at least one reviewer who attended the first night performance came away impressed. Jamie Portman, theatre critic for the Calgary Herald, suggested "if the i oaring response of the opening night audience suggested that the festival organizers could probably scrap their other __ scheduled events and present nothing other than Fiddler for the next 17 days Mr. Portman said the production "in certain areas is never less than excellent. R.A. HOSACK Certified Dental Mechanic DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Suite 8 304-Sth St. S. Ph. 327-7244 Lethbridge TONITEand SUNDAY ader1) Twain's uckleberry c pnn A Adaptation FAMILY Sunday! All theatres one show p.m college cinema FAMILY When you re in the mood... For Something That's Exciting, New Different In Portrait Photography Give us a Call A. E. CROSS STUDIO NOW SHOWING THRU THURS. "IT CAN BE SAID, SIMPLY AND WITH THANKS, THAT IT IS AN ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC MATINEE MONDAY AT 2 P.M. THE THREE MUSKETEERS PKIMS in 3t ..u green acres drive-in TONITEand SUNDAY JAMES ADULT Fl FM _ __ ___ I LLIVI i w m UVEANDLETDIE ISECOND FEATURE! Burt Reynolds is The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing. THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING GATES OPEN 9 P.M. ONE COMPLETE SHOW P.M. Expo Jim Nabors and Buck Owens Special, 4 days, Aug. 18th Expo Special, Aug. 22nd, S days....................... Expo Canada Week Special, 4 days, Aug. 28th......... Expo Merle Haggard Special, Aug. 30th, 5 days.......... Expo Kreskin Special, Sept. days Weat Coast Autumn Leaves Tour Sept. 9, 12 days, as low Banff, Lake Louise, Columbia Ice Fields, Jasper, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Spokane, Expo. Expo Soviet Union Dancers NHL Hockey Special, 5 days SI 05 Expo Porter Wagoner Special, Sept. 26th, 5 days 10S Eastern Canada Autumn Leaves Tour. Montreal, Quebec City, Prince Edward Island, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls Oct. 1st, 23 days, as low as Linpo Polynesian Special, Oct. 2nd, 5 days Expo Guy Lombardo Special, Oct. 10th, 4 days Expo Special, Oct. 17th, 5 days.......................... Expo Western International Hockey Special, Oct. 24th, 5 days Expo Ella Fitzgerald Special, Nov. 1st, 4 days......... Disneyland, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Nov. 2nd, 16 days Christmas Disneyland, Pasadena Rose Bowl Tour, Dec. 26th Florida Disney World Washington D.C., ,Jan. 11-24 days Includes Transportation and Accomnodation NORTHERN BUS TOURS Lethbridge, Alta. Phone 327-3536 329-4474 Also Pincher Creek Travel Centre green acres drive-in Mayor Magrath Dr Courts Hwy 327 1100 MONDAY and TUESDAY WHAT A PAIR ADULT DONALD SUTHERLAND JENNIFER ONE1LL MLADY ICE" ROBETOAli in SiKJH'ulltlt in iTJlntJl VI'b'K'idfi WU ic'ic 'as Jnb'KCofai PitJ wP hWi t 'c1 j is lijp'sp SECOND FEATURE JOHN WAYNE in "THE COWBOYS" GATES OPEN 9 P.M. ONE COMPLETE SHOW P.M. paramount STARTS MONDAY FIRST SHOW 7 P.M. Ends Tonite: "THIEVES LIKE US" in Technicolor HE'S A GOOD COP.. ON A BIG BIKE... ON A BAD ROAD RESTRICTED ADULT A .lAMt S WIU I AM GUP ROD RUPf RT Prodm lion ELtCTRAGLIDF INBUlf nq ROB! RT Ri AKl PlILYulRUN RUSH SECOND FEATURE ;