Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Quebec-produced films praised NEW YORK (CP) A group of films produced in Quebec has drawn praise from I he Mew York Times, which says the film-makers deserve wider rec- ognition. Reviewer Roger Gieenspun uses such phrases as 'fresh and unusual" and "evocative and skillfully beautiful" in describ- ing the films shown here al the Museum of Modern Art during Hie last two weeks. Among the film-makers, "I dont think anyone's name is likely to be Green- spun writes. "But some ot them clearly ought to become famil- iar, and to this end the mu- seum show is a very real ser- vice. "Several of the films, cxprcss- the concerns of French-Ca- nadian nationalism, offer a rev- olutionary he adds. But Ihe message is "generally a pragmatic plea for freedom or for a chance at a better life." Conventionally, the bi-si look- ing and most commercial of the films is Claude Jutra's My Uncle Antoine, Greenspun says. The iilm depicts life in a small mining town through the eyes of a teen-age boy. FKESII AND UNUSUAL It "handily deals with love and death and desire and pov- erty and coming of he says and "its particulars are fresh and unusual." He notes, however, that the film "tenos to warm everything in the soft light of a bitter-sweet nostalgia entirely too available in recent moveis." j Much botler and tougher, he feels, is A Question of Life by Andre Theberge, in which a young mother in trouble begins meeting Ihe Virgin Mary at her bus stop each morning. "Theberge lakes the Virgin Mary rather casually in stride as does his heroine (Frederique Collinc, a delicately lovely ac- tress) whom he follows through a succession of sad, quiet, but essentially witty blackout sketches." River Schooners, by Pierre Perrault, a documentary on the people who live on the Ile-aux- Coudres in the St. Lawrence River, draw's special praise. Greenspun says the film "is a very modern kind of documen- tary: elusive, fragmented, quite without tlie wld didactism. But is also an ebocative and skill- fully beautiful film, and in the tradition of documentary it does teach how to suffer defeat so jauntily that it looks not like victory, but like a pretty good defeat." HAS FAVORITE The reviewer's favorite is Red, by Giles Carle, an action- packed feature about the ex- ploits of Daniel Pilon, half-breed Indian, successful car thief and womanizer. The film "comes close to re- creating the sealed insolence and dizzying complexity of the more commercial Claude Cha- brol Greenspun says. 'And it recalls the giddy plea- sure of not knowing, or caring, exactly where you have been, or where you are going or why." "That a national cinema might exist without a nation seems a practical impossibil- Greenspun writes. "And yet one does exist, not too far from us, among the few million French-speaking people of Can- ada." Wednesday, February 23, 1972 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Boyle's Column By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Re- marks a hospital patient gets tired of hearing: "Confidentially, Harry, what did they really find wrong with "I never saw you looking better, kid, except when you were feeling worse." "My, my, Mr. Biigewaler, I do hope we had a pleasant night." "What are you looking so uneasy about, sir? Surely you've seen a bedpan before." "Just between us, Harry, what did they really find wrong with "1 brought you a rabbit's foot. If it doesn't work, don't I can always get it back from your wife later." "Yeah, I've been in this room a month. The last guy in your bed seemed to be coming along just fine when, all of a sudden, he was like j'OU blow out a candle." "My uncle had an operation just like yours, Harry. He re- covered fine, but ever after that he kinda walked a little bent over." "As your -wife, Harry, I hope that you'll take this ill- ness as a warning from heaven to live a more sensible existence than you have for the last 25 years." "There's no one else in the room, Harry. Tell me, what did they really find wrong with "I'm your wife's lawyer, Mr. Bilgcwater. Of course, we know everything is going to be okay, but Mrs. Biigewaler thought we ought to bring your will up to dale. Purely precautionary, naturally. Just sign here." "I'm the lawyer for the hos- pital. I'd like you to sign this release absolving the hospital of any responsibility in case there's an accident in the op- crating room. Purely precau- tionary, of course." "Hi, you old rascal. I A invest planes sneaked in a bottle of bourbon and a couple of paper cups. Let's have a coupie of snorts. You don't get operated on until morning a guy could die before then." "You can trust mo com- pletely, Harry. What did they really find wrong with "Well, as the old saying goes, into each life some rain must fall, and you must take the bitter the sweet." "I brought along the bucks I owe you, Harry, but if it's all right with you, I'd just as soon pay you when you wake up after the operation." "Take a lip from, me and get well as soon as you can. The new guy in the office who is doing your work while you're away seems to be mak- ing a big hit with the boss. They had lunch together yes- terday." "They're wheeling in the cart to take you to the operat- ing room, Harry. Whisper in my ear, old pal. What did they really find wrong with hark in HIP alter strike SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) Hughes Airwcst .says it will re- sume smice today to 21! cilies in Ihe western Uniled Stales, C'an.ida and Mexico despite deadlocked ncfoliations with striking mechanics. Calgary is the Canadian city served by Ihe airline. Service will lie "considerably less lli.'in before Ihe line's ii7il mechanics walked oft Iboir jobs Dec. over a con- tract dispute, an airline spokes- man said Monday. Ninety pilots had agreed to start work despite an earlier statement by Ihe Air Line Pilots Association Hint Ihoir rolurn was conlingcnt on settlement of the mechanics slrike. The airline plans 1o resume reduced schedules by mid- March to all 71; cilies normally served even if Ihe strike is sliil invicltlcd then. North park acreage to be hiked OTTAWA (CP) Three new national parks to be established n the Canadian North this year of them above the Arctic Circle i 11 increase park- acreage to square miles "rom the present Jean Chretien, minister of northern development, said Tuesday in lie Commons. "I know all of these areas very well, (bey arc unique and "antastic." the minister said luring the throne speech de- >ate. The minister also announced ocation of the parks. area In he Kluane region of the south- I west Yukon. Its outstanding tea- lures include Mount Logan, the highest mountain peak in Can- i ada, one of Ihe world's largest non-polar icefield systems, gla- ciers and the St. Elias Monn- lains. I section along the South Nahanni River, one of Canada's most spectacu- lar wild rivers. It includes Vir- ginia Falls, twice as high as Niagara, three major canyons reaching feet in-depth and a vast number of caves and sul- phur hot springs. (1.200-square-mile area on the Cumberland Peninsula of IJaffin Island, first park estab- lishcxl above Ihe Arctic Circle. Crcalion of Ihe parks brings Ihe total of national parks to the minister said. Native peoples would still he pel-milled lo hunt and fish in the national parks and also would get their share of jobs created by tlm parks. 5IOIIK COKI'USCI.KS The blood of birds has more red corpuscles per ounce than hat ot any other animal. FEBRUARY 24TK1T026TH! 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