Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Joan Waterfield Robin Hood movie At the movies: And if it's laughter you're after, grab the kids, pick up the popcorn and head for Robin Hood. For the Disney audience Robin Hood is a welcome return, past the icky-cute shaggy dogs and super-boys, to the cartoon. It's what the Disney Studios have always done best, and this time out, on every count, it's better than ever. And for the parent who might prefer to miss the matinee mood and "just send the there's a nifty touch of satire that will be appreciated. Sherwood Forest may not recover, but the rocking rogues are a fine remove from the over sentimentalizing VUCII. 1MB simplicity of cartoon and animation is a great bonus in the vocal characterizations. There's a special joy in merely listening to the voices of Peter Ustinov (Prince Terry Thomas (his serpent counsellor and Carole Shelley, ripely Scots as Lady Kluck. The Roger Miller songs are fun too, and the genuine slapstick comedy. And that about sums it up; sheer family enjoyment for your merry band. Jonathan Livingston Seagull has flown on but the memory of the superb photography remains. One sequence, the moving mass of a wave before it crashes on ch.-.rs a unfortunate addition, as are the voice-over? which seem to have been ordered up a la mode; one voice (youthful, one (syrupy one (wise and shades of It's like putting a plastic frame on a Rembrandt. If the movie was cut, the track discarded and replaced by the sound of wind, sea and screaming gull an inspirational, perhaps a truly spiritual experience might be at hand. If your man behind the gun is Clint Eastwood, then you'll welcome his latest opus Magnum Force and the return of Dirty Harry. As terse and cooly product, from the cartoon filler, inept and unfunny that spoils a movie bill. No cliche casting in the animal kingdom here either. Robin Hood and his Maid Marian are foxes, Allan-A- Dale a rooster and, nice touch, Prince John (brother to Richard Lionheart) turns out to be a rather moth-eaten lion. On top of the clean unbelievably stunning. As breathtaking is the birds'-eye view of cloud top, mountain peak and rock crag. But against such artistic achievement the simplistic parable of the search for perfection by Jonathan, flying higher and higher above bis garbage rending flock, is appallingly trite. A Neil Diamond score is an CALENDAR OF THE ARTS Co-ordinated by the Allied Arts Council. Con- tact Bowman Arts' Centre, Weekdays 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Telephone 327-2813. CURRENT EVENTS Feb. 24 Concert: One-third Ninth, Yates Centre, p.m. Feb. 27 Concert: Anne Campbell Singers, Taber, p.m. Feb. 27 Ballet: Coppelia, U of L main concourse, 12 noon. Feb. 28 Folk songs and dances of Germany and France, U of L main concourse, 12 noon. COMING EVENTS March 7-9 LCC Musical: Fantasticks, Yates Centre. CONTINUING EVENTS To Feb 28 Exhibit: Japanese kimonos, Bowman Gallery, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. weekdays. To Feb. 28 Exhibit: Japanese wood carvings, U of L Gallery; Monday-Friday 9 p.m.; Sunday 2-5 p.m. Sir Alexander Gait Museum, Monday-Friday p.m.; Sunday 2- 5 p.m. FOE DANCE 13th Street North Friday, Feb. 22 9 p.m. Music by The Lamplighters' Members and Invited Guests Red Coach HOTEL Lounge Preterits Nightly for your listening pleasure Tom McNicol IN THE TAVERN THURS, FBI., SAT. "SLIDE OUT" Comer 4th and TVl SL S. SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "ROBIN HOOD" in color. Friday, February 22, show at and p.m. FAMILY. Saturday Matinee at p.m. FORT MACLEOD Empress Theatre "ROBIN HOOD" in color. Friday, February 22 show at p.m. FAMILY. Saturday Matinee at 2.-00 p.m. MILK RIVER Sunland Theatre "ACE EU AND RODGER OF THE SKIES" in color. Starring Cliff Robertson. Friday, February 22 show at p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE" irroolor. Starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, and Stella Stevens. Friday, February 22 show at and p.m. Adult Saturday Matinee "SAMSON AND DELILAH" show at p.m. Family. TABER Tower Theatre "ROBIN HOOD" in color. Friday, February 22, shows at and p.m. FAMILY. Saturday Matinee at p.m. Friday, February 22, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 Film story on steelmakers time by a self-elected vigillante force of young cops, Harry wades into the gore. And a shambles it is, brains blasted, bodies riddled. Against the action, Eastwood is a deep-rozen presence, but there's Hal Holbrook who is always excellent and the stuntmen are, as always, superb. On the small screen it's super-Disney again in Jules Verne's Leagues Under The Sea with a first-rate cast headed by James Mason, and all kinds of technical wonders Another movie worth your viewing time is scheduled for Monday; The Scalphunters, with Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas and Ossie Wednesday fun in How To Steal a Million, with Peter O'Toole, Audrey Hepburn and Charles Boyer, and good performances from Glenn Ford and Arthur Kennedy in Day of the Evil Gun. Thursday it's super-glossy and Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly. Movies aside, a week remains before the debut of Pierre Berton's much-heralded and already acclaimed The National Dream, but you'll probably get a chuckle or two as Canada's court jesters Wayne and Schuster jump the gun with their own spoof of CBC's big bid for Sunday evening viewers. Ballet to make U.S. tour OSLO, Norway (AP) The Norwegian Opera' Ballet, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, will fly to New York next week for a six-week tour of the United States. The 38 dancers will give 30 performances starting March 2 in New York and ending April 7 in Charlottesville, Va. Sonny, Cher to complete TV season NEW YORK (CP) A CBS TV network spokesman said Wednesday that entertainers Sonny and Cher will finish out the season with their highly- rated series, the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, despite a legal separation announced in Los Angeles Tuesday. However, the spokesman noted that only one more show remains for the current seascn. Major characters William Hutt (left) and John Cohcos portray two of the major characters in the new CBC-TV series "The National chronicling the exciting saga of the build- ing of Canada's "impossible railway." Hutt portrays Sir John A. Macdonald and Colicos plays the role of CPR general manager William Cornelius Van Home. The series is to start March 3. No local booking date set for Exorcist film showing TOKYO (AP) China has produced a new color film which replaced, the "autocratic" role of the director with group decision- making by script writers, actors, cameramen, technicians and directors. The film, described as combining "revolutionary realism" and "revolutionary romanticism" is called Fiery Years, the story of Chinese steelmakers. Produced during the 1966-69 cultural revolution, New China News Agency, said it "demonstrates the advances the cultural revolution has brought to the Chinese cinema, in both orientation and method of creation." The cast lived and worked in a Shanghai steel mill before the film was made. "Unified party leadership guided the film workers in criticizing old methods of film production, which made the director autocratic in regard to all phases of the New China said. Party secretaries, metallurgists, amateur writers and college teachers worked over the script m group discussions. THE EL RANCHO MOTOR HOTEL -PRESENTS- in the... AZTEC LOUNGE and Piano By "BOB CORRELL" in the... CABARET Thursday, Friday and Saturday "KATHY AND THE KOOL-AID KIDS By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Staff Writer No booking date has yet been set for The Exorcist motion picture to be shown in Lethbridge, reports Paramount Theatre manager Bob Shackleford. "Neither have any clergymen been to see me to discuss The he said in an interview. Several city preachers, in interviews with The Herald last week, expressed concern about possible spiritual unrest which might eventuate in Southern Alberta should The Exorcist be screened here. The film, based on a true incident in Maryland in 1949, concerns demon possession in a young child. The Alberta censorship board has approved the film for restricted adult screening in this province. Mr. Shackleford said cinema operators are faced with a frustrating task. Withdrawing controversial TV producers happy at CBC OTTAWA (CP) Six CBC- TV producers told the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) a laughable tale of administrative red tape and equipment inadequacies yesterday, but said they wouldn't work for any other organization. The six represented the Association of Television Producers and Directors in the CRTC hearings on the CBC's application for a five- year renewal of all its radio, television and network licences. Ray Hazzan, president of the association and producer of children's programs for the CBC, traced the long route by which ideas for shows are formulated by producers and vetted by program area directors, network directors and the top management of the CBC. Many times, program ideas are so changed in the process of vetting that when they get approval, they cannot be produced in the way originally intended. Norman Campbell, internationally recognized producer of opera and ballet shows, described much of the CBC's equipment in Toronto as being held together with Band-Aids, and said he has to go miles within the city simply to consult CBC files. When it comes to producing a show, Mr. Campbell said, he sometimes has to tell dancers not to be too vigorous, because if they jump too high the studio roof appears on the TV screen. The CBC's main Toronto studio isn't large enough to accommodate an orchestra along with actors, singers and dancers. While a ballet is danced in one building, the orchestra has to play in another. On one occasion, with the full Toronto Symphony waiting to record, the musical conductor was locked out. The CRTC gave the producers almost two hours to tell their story. Finally, Vice- Chairman Harry Boyle asked why the producers stayed with the CBC when they could make more money and work with better equipment elsewhere in the world. WILL SING CHICAGO (AP) Soprano Maria Callas has assured her Chicago fans that she will sing here as scheduled March 2. The opera star cancelled her Carnegie Hall recital Sunday in New York at the last moment leaving her fans seme with tickets stranded. Illness was given as the reason for the cancellation. Impressario Harry Zelzer says he received a telegram from Miss Callas saying she "definitely will be in Chicago to sing for my Chicago friends." films may please the clergy, but would only annoy customers forcing them to travel elsewhere to see the show. "Majestic Theatres operates a partnership with Famous Players Mr. Shackleford explained. "Because there is only one operator in Lethbridge, we can obtain most films and do have greater freedom of choice in selecting the best exhibits." Mr. Shackleford said Ma- jestic Theatre management has in the past withheld controversial films from screening, or withdrawn an exhibition after complaints were registered. "We worry about films a lot in Mr. Shackleford said. "Our family has operated cinemas for many years and we try to be sensitive. We don't want the clergy upset, nor do we want our customers upset. We feel some obligation to cater to as wide an audience as possible the family, the university crowd, people who like artistic films." Mr. Shackleford said it worries Majestic Theatre management that crowds flock to see movies containing nudity and violence yet often ignore entertainment classified suitable for family viewing. Mr. Shackleford said if representatives of the clergy came and spoke to Majestic Theatre management about The Exorcist, the operators would have to weigh the church position against audience taste and the film distributor's wishes. "The film has been passed by the Alberta censor board. That is the lawful body to decide what can be screened and what should be Mr. Shackleford said. 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