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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tvwday, NbrtMry f, 1174- THI LITHMIPQI HIHALD-7 Director reflects personal crises By MEL GUSSOW New York Times Service NEW YORK When they began rehearsals, the principal parties involved in the Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" dubbed themselves The Resurrection Company. "Resurrection" refers to the play, which had suffered from neglect; to Jason Robards (co-star with Colleen who last spring was the victim of a near-fatal automobile accident; and to director Jose Quintero, who up until two years ago was an alcoholic. Now the play has been restored to its high position in the O'Neill pantheon. Robards has been acclaimed, once again, as one of the foremost interpreters of O'Neill. And Quintero is, once again, the most acclaimed director on broadway. For the Panama- born 49-year-old director, it has been a long journey back into the spotlight. In 1951 he and Theodore Mann founded Circle in the Square and it became the keystone of off Broadway with reputation-making revivals of, among others, Tennessee Williams's "Summer and Smoke" and O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh." In the early 1960's, Mann and Quintero split, the former remaining with the Circle, the latter going on his own. The Circle endured it is now on Broadway with a revival of "The Iceman Cometh" but in recent years Quintero seemed to be on his way out, with a series of professional failures and personal crises. Now back on top of the world, Quintero reflected on his collapse. "There had been some rumors about he said recently, "I never believed them, but the rumors were true. Toward the end of my days at the Circle, I began drinking heavily. And if it was mentioned that I drank, I would throw a fit. Recognized UNITED NATIONS (Renter) The United Nations commission on the status of women has adopted a draft resolution declaring: "The right to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children is a fundamental right of parents which facilitates the exercise of other human rights, especial- ly by women." The measure now goes to the UN economic and social council for ratification. Out of the Circle, he continued directing, with an increasing lack of commitment, without, he said, "passionate love." "The drinking increased to the point where I lost a desire to do anything." Finally he stopped working. "The offers he said. "There was just nothing. I couldn't direct and I certainly couldn't be a teacher in that condition. I just filled myself with memories of the past. "It was very much like the speech in 'Moon for the Misbegotten' 'you look dead'; 'well I am dead.' I wanted to play the horses, to follow them south, and north in the summer. As in the play, I even lost my desire and passion for that All I wanted was for the race to be over, to go back to my room, and to the bottle in my room." At this, his lowest point, two years ago, through a mutual friend, he contacted Vincent Tracy, a former alcoholic and "consultant in the field of alcoholism and other addictions." Tracy, whose life was once played by Ronald Reagan on the "G. E. Theatre" on Television, by his own description, deals only with the "tough cases" of alcoholism. "He was a very defeated, bitterly confused says Tracy about Quintero Five times a week for six months, he visited Tracy until both were convinced that he was cured. Actually, O'Neill has had a firm grip on Quintero's psyche since he directed "Iceman." For one thing, that marked the beginning of his relationship with the playwright's widow, Carlotta Monterey. "People take sides about he said. "I happened to have liked her enormously. I found her a fascinating, dramatic, bright, glamorous woman capable of absolutely surrendering herself to be molded and remolded. I think Mary Tyrone in 'Long Day's Jour- ney Into Night' has much of Carlotta. The actual mother of O'Neill was too small a character to become that character on stage. Where did his mother begin and Carlotta end? "He must have -been the most impossible man to live with. I would like to give that task to any ordinary woman caught in those planes of reality be was living in. What he wrote in the morning was fully alive in him at teatime or bedtime. Food for the next scene. But Carlotta was the person he chose to come home to and to die with. With both the O'Neills dead, Quintero still feels the force of their personalities. TONIGHT "Fly AT THE MINERS' 733-13th SLN. Members and Invited Guests Only DON'T BE A SITTING ToniyhV (If ON YOUR INCOME TAX Get oil the deductions you've 90! coming! 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He had taken that job because he was bored several weeks after retiring at age 105 as a waiter of the St. Francis Hotel. The first of 13 children all of whom he outlived Lewis did not smoke cigarettes or drink alcoholic beverages, but said he drank three gallons of water and 12 ounces of orange juice a day. He also skipped fried foods, pastries and white bread, preferring rye and whole wheat. He said he learned his life- style of health and longevity from the Navajo Indians he grew up with in Arizona. Canadian Lewis left no survivors. His two years ago. second wife, whom he Funeral arrangements are married when he was 86, died pending. college cinema STARTS TOMORROW Wed., Thurs., Shows 7-9 p.m. Saturday at 1-3-5-7 and 9 p.m. 'A BREATH-THINS SPECTACLE OFWUDSPLETOOR ANDFUK7! FAMILY fc SURVIVAL V'CJDf W'T -PC iii nv il i nij: Childran up to 14 yra. of age All others ovar 14 yra. No Passes no Golden Age No Gift Tickets. Linda Blair, above, an apple-cheeked 15-year-old who played the demon- ridden Regan in "The says she's seen the movie three times and still is scared by it. She says she'd like to do another movie, an animal picture tCHOF W1HS or a western, but nothing again like "The Exorcist." "I don't want to be she says. paramount cinema NOW SHOWING At p.m. Star of 'Exorcist9 found some fun in filming show LOS ANGELES (AP) Linda Blair is an apple- cheeked 15-year-old who likes horses. She also is star of the most sensational movie of the season. It is hard to associate the cheery, outgoing Linda with the demon-ridden Regan who spits four-letter words and green vomit in the Exorcist. If there were an Academy award for playing roles against one's type, Linda would get the Oscar. The daughter of a marketing executive, Linda had done modelling, TV commerrials and a brief role in a soap opera, Hidden Faces, when she had an in- terview with Exorcist director William Friedkin. He was impressed by her brightness and asked her to read the William Peter Blatty book. I liked it, and I thought it would be neat to do the she said. So did Friedkin, and she was the only actress he screen- tested. The filming took 10 months and "the makeup took 2% hours every morning. It was fun at first, but after a while it became very uncomfortable." Friedkin was criticized by some reviewers for subjecting Linda to vulgar actions and dialogue in her role. CONSULTED MOTHER "Those things were necessary to remain faithful to the he said. "I discussed the matter beforehand with Linda and her mother, as I did with all the other girls I was considering." Saying the dirty words didn't bother Linda (actually the voice impersonating the devil on the sound track is that of Mercedes McCambridge) "It's done and she said. Quick cuts might give the impression of nudity in the film, but Linda's mother said Friedkin never asked her daughter "to expose herself, and if he had, she wouldn't have done it But we knew down deep that he wasn't going to exploit Linda." Linda has seen The Exorcist three times and likes can't say it doesn't scare me, because it she said. "But I like scary pictures." She had a tutor during the filming, but now she's back at Coleytown junior high in Con- necticut doing tne things she likes, such as participating in horse shows. And the future? "I'd like to do some more movies, and I've had a few of- fers she said "I'd prefer an animal picture or a like The Ex- orcist again. I don't want to typecast." Exorcist director Oscar candidate HOLLYWOOD (Reuter) Two major film hits in a row, including The Exorcist, a film he once thought was jinxed, have elevated 35-year-old director William Friedkin to a position of prestige formerly reserved for Hollywood's top veteran directors. Friedkin won the Academy Award in 1971 for his police thriller The French Connection and is considered a likely candidate for a second Oscar for The Exorcist, a supernatural horror film. The Exorcist has become a box office phenomenon with crowds braving midwinter weather to line up for boors to see it. Oscars for two successive films would put Friedkin in the class of John Ford, who won for The Grapes of Wrath and How Green Was My Valley, and Frank Capra, for Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL Present REGIONAL ONE ACT FESTIVAL Thursday and Friday, Fabruary 7 and 8 pjnaacli right Yataa Mamorial AOULTatSJtEACH MOM Mto LMMTi Md MMMM i Untfw SIM MM SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Thaatra THE EFFECTS OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE- MOON MARIGOLDS" in color. Starring Joanne Woodward. Tuesday, February 5 show at p.m. FORT MACLEOD Emprats Thaatra "BADGE -373'" In color. Starring Ed Egan. Tuesday, February 5 show at p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. TABER Towar Thaatra "SHAMUS" In color. Starring Burt Reynolds and Diane Cannon. Tuesday, February S shows at and p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. It Happened One Night. A former Chicago television film-maker who worked his way into movies through documentaries, Friedkin burst on the Hollywood scene in the late '60s together with a crowd of bright newcomers including Peter Bogdanovich, Mike Nichols and Francis Ford Coppola. An aptitude for picking original subjects and a talent for mixing realism and entertainment appear to have carried Friedkin ahead in the race to win the acclaim of his movie-making peers. Tall, handsome and with boyish, refined features which look out of place in his grossly overdecorated office on the Warner Brothers studio lot, Friedkin said of his almost two years of work on The Exorcist: "We set out to make a powerful and profound experience for the audience. "There are a lot of guys trying to do that but when you come right down to it, it takes a good bit of time and money to achieve that these days." Beset with weird production setbacks, which almost seemed to spring from the film's plot about the possession of a young girl by the devil, the final cost of The Exorcist was estimated by Hollywood trade papers at 911 million. high praise NEW YORK (CP) Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, a native of Prince Albert, Sask., who now lives on a farm near Toronto, won high praise from New York Post critic Speight Jenkins for his Tristan at the Metropolitan Opera. Jenkins wrote that Vickers "simply broke your heart" with his performance. "Jon Vickers sang a Tristan that can be and must be compared to the greatest interpreters of that role in the past; he dominated the music of the Third Act with golden- throated passionate sound and yet was never anything bat musical. "His singing in the love duet combined sensuality, lyricism and his own special gentleness. Dramatically, he lived the rote to a frightening degree." BLUES GO WEST Canada's leading blues band, Oownchild, heads west for a tour through February and March. NGMAR BERGMAN'S CRESAND WHISPERS RESTRICTED ADULT W I paramount Show Times 5 PARAMOUNT THEATRE SvbjeOs 7DO SOD PAPER CHASE 7 10 9 10 I AST COMPLETE SHOW AOUIT ENTERTAINMENT PARAIHOUffT CINEMA Strort Subject 7 15 9 15 CRIES WHISPERS LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 15 ADULT COUEOC CDfCMA THEY CALL ME TRINITY 630 10OO TRINITY IS STILL MY NAME 820 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 820 AOWLT ENTERTAINMENT Starts Tomorrow At and p.m. story of the police elite, "The Seven-Ups." The dirty-tricks squad that even the regular cops are afraid of! ADULT, NOT SOTULE FOR GHUNKN From the producer of and "The French Connection: THE SEVEN-UPS They take the third degree one step further. 2OThOrtwry-fox Preserfls THE SEVEN-UPS A PHILIP DAWON! 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