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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, March 30, 1973 - THI IETHBMDQE HERALD - 11 Joan Waterfietd E NTERTAINMENT LYE E iHiiiiiniiiiiiim liiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii JU......liMJJMLi�LM jJI VOUNG WINSTON could be likened to that favorite English dessert, roly^ply pudding. There's a fair amount of stodge (the confusing flash back-forward production technique), yet replete with plump juicy raisins (a splendid series of major and cameo performances). It's all very satisfying if, at times, somewhat indigestible. Churchill's early life is, of course, the very stuff of a great Rover Boys adventure. Episode; %'ith Guns in the Khy-ber. Episode; Sabres in the Sudan. Episode Escape from the Boer. And, of course, it's not only all true, but the human link.to Churchill and his times is still extant, giving reality to the romance Handled in sequence by writer-producer Carl Foreman from Winston at age seven (played charmingly by Russell Lewis) to Winston (Simon Ward), the young man grasping the nettle of destiny, it could fairly have become movie classic. As it is Foreman and director Richard Atlenborough play ring-aimuKWhe-ChurchiUs and end up with a maddening mixture of David Copperfield, Lives of a Bengal Lancer, The Four Feathers and Oh, What a Love ly War. And yet, despite this, Young Winston is continually engross^ mother, ing and entertaining. Despite the irritation of a Churchill mimic voice-over giving documentary point and counterpoint; despite the peculiar device of an inquisitorial TV-interview of Churchill and his mother; despite the presumption that the moviegoer should be acquainted with late Victor* ian social mores and policial panjandrum. It's fascinating to see the pictures used in Maurice Binder's outstanding titles turn into remarkable look-alikes. Simon Ward is the young Churchill to the life, shading his performance to reveal the enthusiastic opportunist, then the young man in step with destiny, and his impassioned speech in the Commons is a real tour de force. Lord Randolph .Churchill is splendidly interpreted by Robert Slaw, although as the role is written only a token outline, it is given the erratic brilliance of the man and his deterioration. Jenny Jerome Churchill is served less well by Anne Bancroft. This, too, could be the fault of the writing which never comes to terms with the fascination of this woman (there's a very oblique reference to her relationship with Count Kinsky) and what would now be considered Churchill's unhealthy adoration of his There is also � regrettable lack In the most meaningful and sieving relationship between Winston and Mrs. Everest, his Nanny and a stalwart of the British upper class. And poor John Churchill is totally neglected. But gem upon gem is poured Into the film in telling appearances; Robert Hardy as the Dickensian prep schoolmaster, Jack Hawkins, his more liberal Harrow counterpart, John Mills, Laurence Naismith, Basil Dignam, John Woodvine, Raymond Huntley and Anthony Hopkins as a most ingratiating Lloyd George. The movie, as seen here, has been clipped of an unnecessary and ineffective ending and is the better for it. Still you'll have two-and-a-half hours of rousing action, minimum violence, costume and color ... a fine entertainment all round. ii # * FLOURISHES for Bob Fosse, an object lesson, for young dancers who will not.practise their time step. Former dancer, now director ,- choreographer, Fosse collared two Tony for the Broadway hit Pippin, then did the hat trick with a directorial Oscar for Cabaret. The Tony show, usually so outstanding, was a disappointment in that this annual accolade to the live theatre relied heavily on film clips and was almost totally dedicated to the musical. It was, however, infinitely better than the Academy fiasco. There was some humor in the well-stacked Elke Sommer sailing in with tiny Jack Valenti in her grasp, but the show stumbled over' Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood being cute about their marital fun and games, Greer Garson's fruity-voiced comanents, Charlton Hes-ton and Rock Hudson's stuffed penguin playfullness and a series of inept tilts with the tele-prompter. Marlon Brando took the opportunity (declined last year by Jane Fonda) of hundred of millions of viewers to. make his statement. While the time and place is arguable, no one could fault the superb dignity of his representative, Sashim V* tie-feather. You can now forget Clint Eastwood permanently. What both the Tonys and the Oscars suffered from was not presenting what they are really selling, theatre and the movies. With the Tonys you can give me a seat on the aisle to see excerpts, presented on stage, of the current theatre. And when will we see film used effectively by the Academy? This is an annual plea to see examples of all. the nominated performances; to see how film is edited; how special effects are created; what makes a great cameraman. Ah well, there's always another year. * * � GALLERY: At the University of Lethbridge, examples of West African art . . . April through April 11 . . . At the Quick Change, to April 12, fabric hangings by Kay Angliss ... and at the Yates, companion to the production of Oklahoma, batiks, jewellery, paintings, ceramics and sculpture, the work of students of Winston Chuirch-ill High School. The Story of Marlon Brando Hollywood's bad boy SPECIAL SATURDAY AFTERNOON 7 j MATINEE FAMILY SHOW THE GEORGE DESOUZA SHOW 12:30 TO 2:00 P.M. GEORGE HAS THRILLED AUDIENCES IN SUCH PLACES AS THE CAVE IN VANCOUVER, THE CHATEAU IACOMBE, ROYAL YORK AND MANY OTHER MAJOR HOTELS ACROSS CANADA. Bring the family and enjoy the famous Park Plaza Smorgasbord in the Dining Lounge at Special Family Rates. Listen to the famous George Desouza while you dine. George will be enter* taining in the Imperial Lounge Saturday evening. PARK PLAZA MOTOR HOTEL TONIGHT: At 10:30 on television, a treat in Alfred Hitchcock's The Thirty-Nine Steps. This.is the 1935 version with a dandy script by Charles Bennett which, while it has flttle resemblance to John Buchan's original yarn, has its own highs in suspense, action and romance. Best of all it has Robert Donat, Madeleine, Carroll and Godfrey Tearle. This is a "best of Hitchcock" work, vastly superior to the re-worked 1959 edition with Kenneth More and Taina Elg. A must for Hitchcock fans. * � � And ft. arch goes out . . . Lion-Wise with Oklahoma tonight and tomorrow. April conies in with clean shirts, fresh hair-ribbons, brand new socks and hundreds of youngsters in the annual Music Festival . . . continues with the Festival concert ... the Irish Rovers . . . The LCI production of Carousel . . . The University of Lethbridge choir .. . Coaldale Little Theatre's production of Butterflies are Free . and the High School Drama Festival. I'll see you at the Yates. By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AP) - He was the symbol of the rebel generation, a muscular young man who styled his life in defiance of the Establishment. He challenged the studios and won, wasting millions of dollars by caprice. He got away with It because he was Marlon Brando, hailed by many as the best actor of America's midcentury. But in his middle years the muscles sagged, and the sharp edge of his talent seemed to become dull. The star who could demand $1 million a picture found himself without employment in Hollywood. But with two stunning achievements-The Godfather and Last Tango in Paris-Marlon Brando at 48 is once again the most talked about star in the film world. His triumphant re-emergence was signalled Tuesday night at the 45th awards of the Motion Picture Academy. Brando won his second career "Oscar because of his performance in The Godfather. Brando, however refused to accept the award, to protest what he called the ill-treatment of Indians in the United States. OSCAR IN 1954 Brando was awarded his first Oscar in 1954 for On The Waterfront, the climax of a series of unparalleled Brando successes Brando's decline dates from One-Eyed Jacks, released in 1961. The Western was being made by his own company, and Brando fired Stanley Kubrick and decided to direct the film himself. The result was chaotic Then came the disastrous remake of Mutiny on the Bounty. Bad Tahiti weather and script deficiencies ballooned the cost to $19 million and nearly sank MGM into bankruptcy. Some Brando watchers believe his off-screen life helped contribute to his professional fall. From the beginning of his career, he proclaimed his disdain for convention, "I am myself," he once said, "and if 1 have to hit my head against a brick wall to remain myself, I will do it." In the beginning, he gained the reputation as an erratic young man who dressed in T-shirt and Jeans and rode his motorcycle through Manhattan streets with his pet raccoon. Then, appalled by the public's conception of him, he began dressing in coats and ties and expounding on weighty matters. MANY ROMANCES His private life remained unconventional. Although Brando strove to keep his romances secret, they often erupted . in print. His engagement to a French model was announced in 1954 by her father, a fisherman, but there was no wedding. Brando has married twice, both times to actresses who were pregnant with his sons. The first was Anna Kashfi, who proclaimed herself a native of India although her parents said she was Irish. Wife No. 2 was the Mexican actress Movita, who had co-starred with Clark Gable in the first version of Mutiny on the Bounty. The actor also has two children by Tariat, his co-star in Mutiny on the Bounty-Simon, 9, and Tarita, 3. During the 1980s, Brando further upset Establishment- THE EL RANCHO MOTOR HOTEL Reserve Indians tax decision hits Montana HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on the taxation of reservation Indians might cost Montana as much as $700,000 a year. Keith L. Colbo, director of the department of revenue, said the decision that states could not levy income taxes to reservation Indians "won't throw the budget completely out of balance." He estimated Montana's revenue from Indian income taxes to be "roughly $700,000 a year." Today's Showtimes PARAMOUNT Friday "Young Winston" 8:15 One Complete Show - 8:15 Family Saturday "Young Winston" 2:15, 8:15 Two Complete Shows- 2:15, 8:15 Family PARAMOUNT CINEMA Friday and Saturday Short Subjects - 7:15,9:20 "Poseidon Adventure" 7:25, 9:30 Last Complete Show - 9:20 Adult Special Saturday Matinee "Hatari" - 2:15 One Complete Show Family COLLEGE CINEMA Friday and Saturday "The Godfather" 8:15 One Complete Show - 8:15 Restricted Adult GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN Friday and Saturday "Kelly's Heroes" 7:30 "Dirty Dingus Magee" 10:15 One Complete Show - 7:30 Adult minded citizens by becoming a political activist for blacks and Indians. He marched for racial equality in Gadsden,'Ala., and was arrested for his part in a "fish-in" of Indians on the Pu-yallup River in Washington. When Martin Luther King was assassinated - in 1968, Brando announced that he was passing up two films, The Arrangement and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to devote his time to the civil rights movement. Although some of his admirers applauded his courage in supporting causes that were unpopular with segments of the film audience, many others were outraged-or bored-by his behavior. MARLON BRANDO message. They viewed the string of Brando film failure! and decided he was washed up. , ,, . . . And he might have been, except Hollywood producers got the for The Godfather. -Presents- in the SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTOf 1 - Mayfair Theatre "JOE KIDD" - In Technicolor. Starring Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall and John Saxon. Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. Friday shows at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. Adult - Not Suitable For Children. Special Saturday Matinee "HOW TO FRAME A FRIGG" - In Technicolor. Starring Don Knotts. Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. Family. FORT MACLEOD - Empress Theatre "THE LEGEND OF NIGGAR CHARLIE" - In color. Starring Fred Williamson. Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. Friday shows at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. Adult - Not Suitable for Children. SDecial Saturday Matinee "THE FAMILY JEWELS" - In color. Starring Jerry Lewis. Saturday, March 31. Show at 2:00 p.m. Family. PINCHER CREEK - Fox Theatre Walt Disney's "DUMBO" THE FLYING ELEPHANT - In Technicolor. Plus "THE LEGEND OF LOBO" - In Technicolor. Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. Friday shows at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. Matinee Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Family. TABER - Tower Theatre "EVERY LITTLE CROOK AND NANNY" - In color. Starring Victor Mature and Lynn Redgrave. Friday, March 31. Shows at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. Adult. Special Matinee. "TARZAN'S 3 CHALLENGES" - In color. Starring Mike Henry. Saturday, March 31. Show at 1:30 p.m. Family. AZTEC LOUNGE BALLADS by 'CARIW in the . . . CABARET SAVOY SUITE k Thursday and Friday Everyone admitted FREE if Saturday - $1.00 cover chargt per person in the ... 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