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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Crippled actor faces his loss By BOB THOMAS LOS ANGELES (AP) Ac- tor James Stacy had just come out of surgery. "I remember shaking my head and saying, 'Oh, no! Oh, For the first time, Stacy realized that a traffic acci- dent had cost him his left arm and left leg. "My feeling had always been that death I could take; being maimed was not part of my life plan. "I was lying there thinking about being a half-man, and I wondered what kind of person I would turn out to be. We all look for growth within, and I thought it might be an interesting experience. I decided I wanted to live so I could see what my life would be like." Stacy, 36, who starred in the Lancer television series and played opposite Hayley Mills in Walt Disney's Summer Magic, was severely injured Sept. 28 when police said his motorcycle was struck head- on by a car. Stacy's passenger, Clair Cox, 27, was killed. The driver of the car has been charged with felony manslaughter Stacy talked to reporters for the first time since the ac- cident: As he lay on the pavement after the accident, Stacy said he knew his left leg was mis- sing. "You can get my leg back on, can't he asked the paramedics. "Yes, don't he was told. Later, he was told that the leg had been severed in such a way that it could not be replaced. Not until later did he realize he had also lost his left arm. He said he was told that because of his athletic background, he would have lit- tle trouble adapting to ar- tificial limbs. And so he's planning his comeback as an actor. Stacy, former husband of actresses Kim Darby and Con- nie Stevens, said he hopes to leave the hospital next Tues- day and will start training im- mediately to use artificial limbs. He said he has already received "a lot of amputee scripts." NFB wins top awards at festival YORKTON, Sask. (CP) The National Film Board of Canada has won four awards at the Yorkton International Film Festival, including the best nature and wildlife film, the best sports and recreation film, the best sound editing and the best cinematography. There were 125 entries in the week-long festival. Judges included Terence Marner of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina cam- pus, Elizabeth Zimmerman of CBC Ottawa and Les Wedman of The Vancouver Sun. The Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology at Oakville, Ont, won the new dimension award and the award for the best amateur film. Film west association of Edmonton was given a special award, the Golden Sheaf, for its film about pioneer photographer Ernest Brown. The association also had the best documentary. British information services of Winnipeg won the best travel and adventure film while Universal Education and Visual Arts of Willowdale, Ont, produced the best ex- perimental drama. Radio Canada of Montreal and CBC Toronto also won several awards. Although Canadian producers dominated the winners, several were from the United States and one was from Denmark. SACRIFICE: MUST SELL 1973 Buclk, 9 Wigon Fully power low. low Phone 328-3220 SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES Theatre "STEEL YARD color. Starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Peter Boyle. Tuesday and Wednesday, October 23 and 24. Tuesday show at p.m. SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. FORT Theatre "ACROSS 110th STREET" In color. Starring Anthony Quinn and Tony Franciosa. Tuesday, October 23, show at p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. Warning: Extreme violence and coarse language may be objectionable to some. PINCHER Theatre "THE MECHANIC" In color. Starring Charles Bron- son. Tuesday and Wednesday, October 23 and 24. Tuesday show at p.m. ADULT NOT SUIT- ABLE FOR CHILDREN. Theatre "SCORPIO" In color. Starring Burt Lancaster. Tuesday and Wednesday, October 23 and 24. Tuesday shows at and p.m. ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. October 22-27 The Frank Roberts Four AT THE MINERS' 733-13th8t.N. Members and Invited Guests only Tuesday, Oetobsr 23, 1873 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 What's cooking? Corey Ferguson, left, watches as his mother, Gladys, cooks the family dinner at their home in north Toronto. George and his family have transfromed their home into a house of horrors for public tours. Profits are being donated to the United Way. Canada Council head predicts gov't control By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) Unless private citizens and corpo- rations are prepared to spend more money on them in the next 10 or 20 years, Canada's big theatre, music and arts organizations may have to be- come government-run agen- cies. So says Andre Fortier, head of the 21-member Canada Council, which dispenses roughly million a year on the arts, humanities and so- cial sciences. Mr Fortier, 46, has had a 30-year association with the performing and visual arts since his days at Laval Uni- versity, Quebec, where he took a classical liberal arts course Subsequently he earned an honors degree in mathematics from the University of Mon- treal. That led to employment with the federal treasury board for 13 years, during which his main interest was in government spending pro- grams for the arts. The council was formed 16 years ago with an endowment income of million a year The federal government later began putting more money directly into the council's work. Its present million an- nual budget is divided be- tween the arts and the social sciences. But even with million a year going into the performing and visual arts, many theatrical, music, ballet and opera companies and art galleries are still crying pov- erty. Mr. Fortier was asked in an interview whether this is be- cause, knowing there are gov- ernment funds available, they have become extravagant in their spending and ambitions. he said. "We just don't realize how big the ar- tistic industry has become in Canada. All of these com- panies are growing and ex- panding. None of them have reached their full develop- ment, except possibly the Stratford, Ont, Shakespeare Theatre. "Our town major symphony orchestras (in Toronto and Montreal) still don't employ their artists on a full 52-week basis." Mr. Fortier said federal and provincial subsidies have grown rapidly but municipal and private support has not kept pace. As a result, the gap between revenue and ex- penses for most artistic en- deavors has widened "This means, in effect, that when we reach the limit the gap will be so great that what we will have on our hands is a government institution for these Mr. Fortier said. "This really wouldn't be new. We recognize govern- ment institutions in the fields of the libraries, the museums, the CBC, the Film Board and so on." "But in the performing arts, I think as long as we can keep the private sector and the box office providing a fair ratio of the funds we will be better off in terms of the freedom of the enterprise, its creativity, and so on." He said he would not like to see performing arts com- panies becoming government enterprises "at this but couldn't say what would develop in another 10 or 20 years. The council recently made a study of 29 arts organizations which it had subsidized for five years. It found that their costs had doubled in that time and their box office receipts had not kept pace, despite a 50-per-cent increase in audiences and higher ticket prices. "The municipalities and the private sector slipped not in absolute terms, they did increase their funding, but not enough to keep up with the growing costs." Mr. Fortier, a greying man with expressive brown eyes and Gallic gestures, warms to the subject of what the coun- try gets for what it pays through the Canada Council. For one thing, he says, there is about of employment and economic return for every the council spends. The arts attract in ticket sales as many people as professional sport. "In Montreal there are as many people going to Place des Arts as go through the turnstiles to see the Expos In Ottawa, more go to the Na- tional Arts Centre than go to see the Rough Riders. "These are the facts of life. This is a service industry, part of the tertiary element of our industrial structure. It's a service that is demanded by a growing public The council has been criti- cized, by young artists par- ticularly, for putting too much of its money into big, estab- lished arts organizations like the National Ballet and the Canadian Opera Company. Other critics say the council spreads its grants too thin, en- couraging mediocrity Mr. Fortier said the coun- cil's first objective in recent years was to raise the quality of artistic endeavor in Can- ada Now it feels the money should be spread out more. "If we had all the funds we wanted, we could do both But at this stage of the country's development, creativity is booming. This doesn't happen often in the life span of a na- tion, and when it does, we should pick it up and hope for the best. "It's a sin that we have nothing going in Northern On- tario or in other parts of the country where there are so many pockets of population and nothing is happening." Mr. Fortier also suggests governments may have to be- come more active in the vis- ual arts "You can probably count 500 professional painters and sculptors in Canada who are trying to make a living at it. To support them with average incomes of only a year after they've paid for their materials, they would need to sell million worth of art works a year. We don't sell million "We've got to do something. The government art bank is a good idea and we have other ideas In the art bank the Canada Council spends million a year for the works of artists and sculptors. It rents them to government offices for a fee that goes back into the purchase of more art. Mr. Fortier has some of these works in his own of- articulated aluminum column by Ulysse Comtois that he can shape into whatever form he wishes, and a blue and white montage of abstract forms by an artist who had better not Show Times PARAMOUNT THEATRE Short Subjects 7 00 0 00 SCARECROW. 7 10 9 10 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 00 RESTRICTED ADULT PARAMOUNT CINEMA No Short Subjects CLOCKWORK ORANGE 7 00 9 20 TWO COMPLETE SHOWS 7 00 9 20 RESTRICTED ADULT COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects 7 00 9 00 CHINESE CONNECTION 7 15 9 20 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 00 ADULT NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN GREEN ACRES DRIVE IN THEATRE CLOSED UNTIL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 green acres drive-in CLOSED TONITE thru THURSDAY OPEN AGAIN FRIDAY. SAT. md SUNDAY WEEKENDS ONLY Veteran film producer makes first U.S. movie By NORA TAYLOR Christian Science Monitor Dino de Laurentiis is mak- ing his American debut. After some 40 years of producing and directing movies overseas movies which have gained him ac- colades in artistic as well as boxoffice terms Bitter Rice, La Strada, Cabirian Nights, Barabbas for instance Mr. de Laurentiis has made his first American film and has come to live in the United States with his wife, Silvana Mangano, and his four children, Veronica, Rafaella, Federico. and Francesca. The picture is The Stone Killer and it stars Charles Bronson, who has been a de Laurentiis star in other films with only quasi-American backgrounds. He had the chief roles in The Valachi Papers, and The Valdez Horses (a John Sturges Mr. de Laurentiis came to Boston to launch his new film, and brought with him son Federico, 17, who now works with him at moviemaking. In his somewhat fractured English his son went to American schools in Rome and speaks better, but not more expressive English than his father who learns his by watching movies the elder de Laurentiis spoke of violence. The Stone Killer is about the underworld and a particular man who is cold and ruthless A crime picture with the usual assortment of mayhem and car chase "It is the story of one man against the Mr de Laurentiis said, bounc- ing around in his chair like the bundle of energy he is. looking keenly at each of the people around the table he went on, "is big problem in our society today. Violence is not coming from the movie It's all around us Vietnam story is war, is violence If I want to do so, problem is to try to avoid violence, try to leave everybody in peace if you want to make modern picture today you can't avoid the violence His program for the im- mediate future, however, in- cludes other types of pictures He will produce for director Ingmar Bergman, a film bas- ed on The Merry Widow (Barbra Streisand has been suggested for this one, but casting is not yet And he will produce Casanova with Federico Fellini directing The Stone Killer is directed by Englishman Michael Winner who has developed quite a following for his work among some young people. He will also produce a film from Peter Maas' Serpico. with Al Pacino in the title role It's another cop story "I came here to de Lourentiis explained. "I meet Peter Maas. I say, what is your next book7" Mr Maas told him it was Serpico and offered him the first 20 pages all he had written to read. "I tell him I want to buy it. I read first 20 pages It's fan- tastic I like I want to explaining that he understood the character completely even in this small a segment of a book still largely un- written Mr Pacino read the same 20 pages and was also sold on it All this simply gives point to what is practically a maxim for de Laurentiis. "When you make important movie 'the first thing you need is the character When the character is fantastic the movie is fantastic STARTS TOMORROW BSfSSSS: HUIL NEWMAN DOMINIQUE SANDA JAMES MASON in a NEWMAN-FOREMAN HUSTON Production whoCTBT ha is he's not what you think. ;also starring HARRY ANDREWS' IAN BANNEN -MICHAEL HORDERN- NIGEL PATRICK1 RESTRICTED ADULT paramount Last Times Tonite At p.m. Gl-Nl- AL HACKMAN ITAMLEY KUBRICK'S BEST FILM OF THE YEAR. BEST DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR. RESTRICTED ADULT paramount NOW SHOWING Tonite at p.m. ADULT Not Suitable For Children college cinema Last Times Tonite At p.m. lift MASTER of kARATC kumq fu is TO bftEAk you up LEE THE CHINESE college cinema Starting Tomorrow At p.m. The STANLEY KRAMER Production I epfc story of wooden derricks, iron men woman GEORGE C SCOTT FAYE DUN AWAY JOHN MILLS ADULT, NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN Alto Starts Thursday at the Following Theatres: Mayfalr Thsatrt CARDSTON Opera ThMtra VULCAN Tower TABER Rex Theatre BELLEVUE Empress Theatre FORT MACLEOD Pox Theatre PINCHER CREEK ;