Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, June 14, 1974 iHE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 13 Joan Waleri'ield Exorcist no movie 'landmark9 So what was all the fuss about? What was all the excitement about this adult comic strip called The Exorcist. Yet how neatly the public has been conditioned by the massive publicity campaign mounted by director William Fricdkin and author William Peter Blatty. As the curtains part and the red title appears on the black screen the hands sweat, the stomach churns, the mouth goes dry. For what? A bad movie adapted from a sleazy book. How nifitily we have been manipulated by Friedkin and Blatty and their attendant corps of publicists. Take the full page ad in Variety published just before the Academy awards. Listed are the comments of critics from nation wide press all out of context of course. a movie landmark Charles Champin (L.A. Now Dracula was a landmark. Frankenstein, and Psycho were landmarks. Most certainly Arthur Miller's The Crucible was a landmark. But this0 Ellen Burstyn is shattering and poignant" Rex Reed (N.V. Daily It is certain that Miss Burstyn can be both of these, but not here. She is reduced to nibbling her knuckles, skulking unhappily and unbelievably in the kitchen as the rite of exorcisim proceeds and her raunchy language diminishes the shock when the foul expletives emanate from the possessed child. reveals Jason Miller to be as fine an actor as he is a writer his performance is Joe Pollock (St. Louis Post Miller was plucked from Broadway and his hit play The Changing Room for the role of Father Karras and is likened by Lee J. Cobb, in the movie to John Gari'ield of great movie memory. No. I'm afraid not. Presented as a pop priest psychiatrist he performs like a punch drunk boxer. "Linda Blair is quite and that's our own Clyde Gilmour of the Toronto Star. Little Miss Blair is cuddly sweet if somewhat cloying in her early GERMAN CANADIAN CLUB Regular Dance SATURDAY, JUNE 15th at 9 P.M. MUSIC BY THE "RANCH BOYS" Members and Invited Guests! RED COACH LOUNGE presents GENE LENNEN nightly i for your entertainment TAVERN NIGHTLY "WES KUCHERAN" 4th Ave. 7th St. S. Phone 327-3191 HOTEL SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES Mayfair Theatre "THE DEADLY TRACKERS" in color. Starring Richard Harris and Rod Taylor. Friday and Saturday. June 14 and 15. Friday shows at and p.m. ADULT. "C'MON LETS LIVE A LITTLE" in color. Saturday Matinee at p.m. FAMILY. FORT Theatre "THE VOYAGE OF SINBAD" in color. Friday and Saturday. June 14. 15. Friday show at p.m. FAMILY. MILK Theatre "CAHILL" in color. Starring John Wayne. Friday and Saturday June 14. and 15. Friday show at p.m. FAMILY. PINCHER Theatre "McO" in color. Starring John Wayne. Friday and Sat- urday. June 14 and 15. Friday show at and p.m. ADULT. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. "TriE FAMILY JEWELS" Starring Jerry Lewis. Sat- urday MaJinee. Show at p.m. FAMILY. Theatre "THE NEPTUNE FACTOR" in color. Starring Ernest Borgnine. Friday and Saturday. June 14 and 15. Friday shows at and p.m. ADULT. "THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER" Saturday MaJinee Show al p.m. FAMILY. scenes with Mommy, and is certainly part of the real horror of the show; the unbearable medical procedures which would make you take your brain lesion and run. If indeed she did play the demonic scenes then it would seem she is more victim of the make up expert than the devil. What might have been a subtle and totally frightening facial change in the child is merely a manufactured mask. And actress Eileen Dietz, who receives no screen credit, has sought some recognition that she doubled for Blair in crucial scenes. How much? Warner Brothers originally denied the claim but now acknowledges that Miss Dietz was used as a double, but only for seconds. And that voice also uncredited is that of Mercedes McCambridge. "The success of the movie is largely due to its excellent screenplay" Francis Taylor (Long Island Hum. Blatty refuses to deal in any depth with those who people this Walpurgis night. None, movie crowd, priest, doctor, detectives are Park area development required for exhibition WINNIPEG (CP) The Red River Exhibition will not be held next year if Manisphere is denied permission by Winnipeg city council to develop the Maple Grove Park area as a permanent site, says Ross Nugent, president of board of directors. don't offer it as a threat. It's just a fact that we can't operate as we are." he told a news conference. He said there are too many problems connected with staging the summer exhibition at the present site in the Winnipeg arena, stadium and nearby Velodrome. He outlined three main problem areas: No permanent facilities or improvements to the exhibit areas can be undertaken merely for a nine day period: traffic problems begin with the closing of a street cutting across the exhibition grounds: there is no indication that Manisphere will be able to use land bordering the site for needed expansion. Manisphere. the parent organization which presents the exhibition each year, spends about annually on improvements which have to be dismantled when the fair closes. Mr. Nugent said. Residents of the Maple Grove area in southeast Winnipeg have been objecting to development of the site because a horse racing track has been connected with it. City council is expected to make a decision within the next three months and Mr. Nugent said necessary measures to reduce the Manisphere operation in the case of a negative response, have already been taken. Last Time Tonite rtjiirij Tales AT THE HOLIDAY INN THEATRE "A FUN MUSICAL" PERFORMANCE STARTS P.M. BAR SERVICE FROM P.M. I Elks Club of Lelhbridge DINING ROOM Note for JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST Sunday Family Dinner once per month only SUNDAY, JUNE 16th-FAtHER'fDAY Steak and Lobster Tail Prime Rib of Beef CHILDREN'S ORDERS For Reservations Phone 327-7219 EVERY TUESDAY SMORGASBORD to p.m. Come and Enjoy It! __________For Members and Invited Guests only.______ particularly revealing. It is faint praise to say the book is better. What is missing is the prime ingredient of suspense. What is present is a constant cop out in scenes which could have been carried to dramatic climax. Where the child mashes her genitals with the crucifix, bloodies and attacks her mother amid flying furniture and chilling winds, the scene is resolved by a fade out. And so on. All praise to the cleverness of the effects technicians. And for the marvellous lighting in the early Iraqui scenes. And for one moment, created by Max Von Sydow during the exorcism, when the great and massive power of good is present and felt. But this is a negative movie, a tricksters film. It says nothing, unlike the Yiddish classic The Dybbuk which in the context of possession gives a grinding cry for justice and compassion. Saying nothing. The Excorcist denies even a vacuum which may be filled positively. It's sick, silly and a bore. Singer killed CANNKS (Router i American singer Herbert Williams 0 o 1 e rn a n performing in (his French Hiviera resort with (he Delta Rhythm Boys singing group, was shot dead Wednesday. Police said today Coleman was shot by a 28 year old Frenchman who was reported to be trying to show the singer how the pistol worked. paramount NOW SHOWING at and p.m. .RESTRICTED ADULT Frightening tale of demonic possession extremely course language and repulsive sequences may be disturbing to some. WIHIAMPIIIk BIAIIV'r THE EXORCIST ...K WillIMHRillW i Former actor in hospital BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Clarence Buster Crabbe. who portrayed Tarzan and Flash Gordon in acting roles, was in fair condition today at St. Vincent's Hospital, hospital officials reported. Crabbe. 65, was admitted to hospital after becoming ill while on a promotional tour here. Popular Expo spot One of the most popular spots on the Expo 74 fairgrounds in Spokane, Wash., is the outdoor theatre built by the province of Alberta on Canada Island. It features live entertainment almost hourly every day of the fair (which opened May 4 and closes Nov. This theatre and the landscaping of the island (which was done by the Canadian national government) will remain on the site when the fair closes and become part of a city park. Show Times CHILDREN'S SATURDAY AFTERNOON MATINEE paramount 8th St. 4th Ave. South, 327-5100 THE MOST FANTASTIC SCIENCE ADVENTURE PARAMOUNT THEATRE EXORCIST: No Short Subjects TWO COMPLETE SHOWS: RESTRICTED ADULT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects: MASH: LAST COMPLETE SHOW: ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN COLLEGE CINEMA WALKING TALL: HARRAD EXPERIMENT: ONE COMPLETE SHOW: RESTRICTED ADULT GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN THEATRE ACROSS THIS LAND: DESERT COMMANDO: ONE COMPLETE SHOW: GATES OPEN: ADULT ENTERTAINMENT Sat. PARAMOUNT THEATRE YOG MONSTER FROM SPACE: One Complete Show: FAMILY MATINEE EVENING SHOW EXORCIST: 9.00 No Short Subjects TWO COMPLETE SHOWS: RESTRICTED ADULT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects: MASH: LAST COMPLETE SHOW: 9.15 ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN COLLEGE CINEMA WALKING TALL: HARRAD EXPERIMENT: ONE COMPLETE SHOW: 8.00 RESTRICTED ADULT GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN THEATRE ACROSS THiS LAND: DESERT COMMANDO: ONE COMPLETE SHOW: 10-00 GATES OPEN: ADULT ENTERTAINMENT PLUS "3 STOOGES COMEDY" and CARTOON Doors Open One Show Only at p.m. ALL SEATS THIS SHOW 75C green acres drive-in (Mayor Magrath Or. Coutls Hwy.. 327-1100 TONIGHT and SATURDAY "there's a little bit of country in all of ns" THIS WEEKEND at the LEGION TRIO' Saturday Vimy MEMBERS AND INVITED QUESTS ONLY Hit No. 2: 'DESERT COMMANDOES" In Technicolor open p.m. One Complete Show at 1 o p.m. Tom nut jwopfcMrtpljmilaijMte SUNDAY at p.m. only All Seats this Show paramount cinema TONIGHT and SATURDAY at and p.m. Roar once again with the original movie cast .Color by Deluxe Adult Not Suitable For Children Contains Gory Surgical Scenes MASH An Ingo Preminger Production college cinema TONIGHT i and SATURDAY! I One complete show at p.m. "Might just turn out to be this year's sleeper and emulate the runaway success of 'BILLY JACK.'" Thomas. L.A. RESTRICTED ADULT WALKING TALL I HIT NO.2 THE EXPERIMENT FEREO PHOTO 419 5th Street South Phone 328-6661 ANNIVERSARY Save from 5% to 5O% on every single purchase you make! tALE DEFINITELY ENDS SAT., JUNE 15th] i II w I you pay what you pull... your luck determines your savings. 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