Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Quebec-produced iilms praised NEW YORK (CM A group of films produced in Quebec has drawn praise Irani Ihe New York Times, which says Ihe film-makers deserve wider rec- ogniiiun. Reviewer Roger Gieenspun uses sucli phrases us 'fresh and unusual" and "evocative find skillfully hcauliful" in describ- ing the films shown here al Ihe Museum of Modern Art during Ihe last two weeks. Among the lilmmakers, "f dor.t 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, express- in; the concerns of French-Ca- nadian nationalism, offer a rev- olutionary lie adds. But Ihe message is "generally a pragmatic pica lor Ircedom or for a chance at a belter life." Conventionally, the- best look- ing and most commercial of the films is Claude Jutra's My Uncle Anloinc, Grccnspun says. The lilm 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 parliculars are fresh and unusual." Ife notes, however, thai the film "lenas la warm everything in the soft light of a hitter-sweet nostalgia entirely too available in recent moveis." Much bctler 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. "Thelierge lakes the Virgin Mary rather casually in stride as docs 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 Ilc-aux- Couclres in the St. Lawrence River, draws special praise. Grccnspun says the film "is a very modern kind of documen- tary: elusive, fragmented, quite without the old didaclism. But is also an ehocative and skill- fully beautiful film, and in the tradition of documentary it docs 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 (o re- creating Ihe sealed insolence and dizzying complexify of the more commercial Claude Cha- brol Greenspun says. 'And H recalls Ihe 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 wilhout a nation seems a practical impossibil- Greenspun writes. "And yet one does exist, not loo far from us, among the few million French-speaking people of Can- ada." Wtdneiday, February 13, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Column By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Re- marks a hospilal patient gets tired of hearing: "Confidentially, Harry, what did they really find wrong with "1 never saw you looking better, kid, except when you were feeling worse." "My, my, Mr. Bilgewalcr, I dp 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 "T brought you a rabbit's foot, ft it doesn't work, don't wony. I can always get it back from your wife later." "Yeah, f've Iwcn in this room a month. The last guy in your bed seemed to be coining along just fine when, all of a sudden, he was like you 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 Uiat you'll take this ill- ness as a warning from heaven to live a more sensible existence than yon have for the last 25 years "There's no one else in the room. Harry. Tell me, what did they really find wrong with "f'm your wife's lawyer, Mr. Bilgowalcr. Of course, we know everything is going to be okay, but Mrs. Bilgewalcr thought we ought to bring your will up to dale. Purely precautionary, naturally. Just sign here.'1 "I'm the lawyer for the hos- pital. I'd like you to .sign this release absolving the hospital of any responsihilily in case there's an arcidrnf in the op- erating room. Purely precau- tionary, of course.'' "Hi, you old rascal. 1 Ainvrsl planes Itark in air aflcr slrikc SAX Calif. (Al'l Hughes Airwcsf says if will re- sume sen ice to cilics in Ihn western Unilod Stales, C'an.ula and Mexico despite deadlocked negotiations with Gtriking mechanics. Calgary is Ihe Canadian city .served by the airline. Service will be "considerably less I ban before the line's 5711 mechanics walked olf Iheir jobs Dec. over a con- tract dispute, an airline spokes- man said Monday. Ninety pilols had af.'rml to start work despite an earlier statement by Ihe Air Line Pilots Association that Iheir relnrn was contingent on setllemenl of the mechanics slrike. The airline plans 1o resume reduced schedules by mid- March lo all 7r. cilics normally served even if Ihe strike is still uiLsclllcd then. I sneaked in a bottle of bourbon and a couple of paper cups. Let's have a couple of snorts. Yon don't get operated on until morning guy could die before then." "You can trust me 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 bitlcr with the sweet." "I brought along the bucks I owe you, Harry, but if it's all right with you, f'd just as soon pay you when you wake up after the operation." "Take a tip 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 lo Uie operat- ing room, Harry. Whisper in my ear, old pal. What did they really find wrong with yon''1 North park acreage lo be hiked OTTAWA (CP) Three new national parks to be established vn the Canadian North this year Dne of them above the Arctic Circle i 11 increase park acreage to square miles from the present Jean Chretien, minister of northern development, said Tuesday in the Commons. 1 know all of these areas very well, they arc unique and fanUislic." Ihe minister snicl during Ihe throne speech de- bale. The minister also announced location of the parks. H.riQO-bqiiare-nhle area In the Khiane region of the soulh- Yukon. 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