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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Page a Black stars misunderstood Friday, Sept. 20 LOS ANGELES What happens when black superstars band together to make a film? They are misunderstood, asserts comedian Bill Cosby. The film is Uptown Saturday Night, and it stars Sidney Poitier, Cosby. Harry Belafonte. Flip Wilson. Richard Pryor. Calvin Lockhart, Roscoe Lee Browne. Paula Kelly and others. Poitier put the project together and directed it (or First Artists, in which he is a partner with Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman and Paul Newman. Uptown Saturday Night opened to excellent business in New York and Chicago but some of the reviews have been in ay i ng "As black film-makers. we are subject to a condi- tion in which things get pushed out of Cosby observed. "In the first place, this Is not a black film made by blacks for black audiences, We are Americans, and we made the picture to be seen and enjoyed by Americans." Cosby was especially pi- qued by criticisms that Up- town Saturday Night repeated the old movie stereotype of eye-bugging by black comics. "The color of the skin of a black man gives more prominence to the whiteness of the eyes than does the pinkish tinge of the white man's skin." said the comedian. "Watch George Segal or Jack Nicholson or Walter Matthau or Jack Lemmon when they are doing com- HOBBY WINB A BRBW CENTRE SMpltaMdConullMt WESTMINSTER PLAZA Phew 327-0569 etly and you will note that their eyes bug out. It is only natural in comedy to open your eyes wider." Most of the reviews of Uptown Saturday Night in New York were favorable but Cosby complained that "we as black Americans tend to be auditioning every time we make a movie." "Nobody talks about a 'white movie.' But whenever blacks do a film, the critics ask 'Is it a black movie? Is it "Well, I'll tell you what a real black movie would be: Two hours of sorrow, poor people, roaches, being call- ed names and no place to KO." Uptown Saturday Night tells about a fun-loving pair i Poitier and Cosby) who lose their money in a nightclub heist and en- counter adventures in try- ing to recover the dough, The film was designed as "sheer entertainment." Cosby insisted, "but because we are black, we are compared to Amos 'n' Andy, or anybody who made laughs In the 1940s." Cosby, 37, was here briefly to talk about the film and to tidy up some business matters, He once made Los Angeles his home. Now his full-time residence is in Greenfield, Mass. He moved his wife and four children there three years ago so he could study for a PhD at Univer- sity of Massachusetts school of education, The notion of a showbiz superstar returning to college was greeted with skepticism along the Las Vegas and Sunset strips. But Cosby reports that next year he will receive his doctorate. He pays for his education by telling stories about 20 weeks a year in the Nevada casinos and in theatres across the .country, Cosby is often asked, "What are you going to do with your "People think it must be good for something, like taking it to the drugstore and turning it in for he said, "I don't know what I'm going to do with it. Already I've had enough reward in hearing my mother say with tears on her face, 'Thank heaven he's got something to fall back on." 12 IfO ID Woixly Woodpecker O> News O Partridge Family O Doctors I (H) O Movie: Young Lawyers One Life To Live O Match Game 2-00 Split Second (D He Knows She Knows O Joker's Wild O (''nnillv Court 4-30 ID Mod Squad O I the Beholder O News ID Brady Bunch 5 00 O Hollywood Squares 0) Password O News 5 ,10 O News 09 Let's Make A Deal O> News Q News li IN) O Planet of the Apes (D News (D News O Hot' Haw ti 0) Truth or Consequences (D Nakla 7 00 (D Kodiak O Marinix O Sanfurd am) Son 7 :tU O O n oo o II 20 IB O 11 30 O 12 00 O