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Professionalism Evident In 'The Lost Manuscript'

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Professionalism Evident In 'The Lost Manuscript' ByLYNNTtLTON '"Hie Lost Manuscript," a 45 minute minute movie by Brigham Young University for LDS Seminary and Institute classes, is a professional, original and creative interpretation of the story of Joseph Smith, Martin Harris and the 116 manuscript pages of the Book of Mormon, has only one major fault — David Westberg fails to believe in his role as prophet. The last part of the statement is not designed to downgrade the movie or the professional ability of the cast and technical staff; but, when a spiritual interpretation is to be put on a historical happening, the actor must have spiritual insight into his role. Mr. Westberg is a capable, professional actor, but he did not display this insight in his interpretation of Joseph Smith, the prophet. (The need for the spiritual dimension in acting may be one of the reasons that whomever plays Judas or Satan does a more believable job than to one selected to portray Jesus or a prophet.) For the other characters in the film, the casting was well done. has from work artist S. BYU'S PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA will present a concert this Friday in the de Jong Concert Hall at 8 p.m. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Ralph Laycock. Philharmonic Orchestra Will Present Concert The Brigham Young University Philharmonic Orchestra will present a concert on Friday at 8 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Under the direction of Dr. Ralph Laycock, coordinator of instrumental organizations in the BYU Music Department, the Orchestra has toured extensively and won national acclaim as one of the finest university orchestras in the country. They recently returned from an appearance at the National Conference of Music Educators in California where they were overwhelmingly acclaimed as a most sensitive, yet majestic and exacting group. Tickets for this concert are available at the BYU Music Box Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center. Included among the works to be performed at the Friday evening performance are "Symphony No. 7 in A Major" by Beethoven, "Romeo and Juliet Suite" by Prokofiev, and "Polovetzian Dances from Prince Igor" by Alexander Borodin. Louise Finch (Lucy Mack Smith), Eric Server (Martin Harris), Elizabeth Cannon Funk (Emma), Charles Parker (Father Smith) and Judith Olauson (Lucy Harris) were an extremely believeable and were instrumental in bringing to life a period of history often ignored or glossed over by students. The remainder of the Smith family, Dan,Balestrero, (Alvah Hale) the mobbers and the sheriff were well chosen and each fulfilled his role in a manner equal to other historical films by other companies. It is extremely doubtful that any other existing organization could have done as original and cliche - free production of "The Lost Manuscript" as has the BYU Movie Studio. Because details of the film coincide with historical events, the film will serve also as a valuable tool to the student of LDS history who is seeking understanding of the characters and the period they represent. The accuracy of the film and the acting ability of the performers results in a film that any LDS member should be proud to invite a non-Mormon friend to see. Credit for trie production rests heavily with the technical staff: Wetzel 0. Whitaker, director and producer; Lex de Azevedo, composer and conductor; Dougas Stewart, screenwriter-; wtih Reed Smoot and Grant William, cinematographers. It is hard to believe, that, with the exception of some Hill Cumorah footage, the outdoor sequences were filmed within 100 yards or so of each other. Credit should also be given to those in charge of makeup, costumer and the myriad of details that are required for a thorough, professional production such as "The Lost Manuscript." Special credit should be given Peter Czerny, film editor, whose skillful work has resulted in a tight, fast - paced film that packs a lot of action into only 45 minutes. Because the production must conclude within a class period, the ending of the film tends to a didactic lessening of the spiritual and dramatic impact. Nonetheless, it is a film worth seeing many times. "The Lost Manuscript" stands to the fore in BYU productions and demonstrates the growing professionalism that permeates the movie studio specifically and I.nSaptnrsgpnprallv GRANDMOTHER'S LOVE PORTRAITS FOR CHRISTMAS

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 03 Nov 1974, Sun,
  3. Page 38

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