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Palm Beach PostVWcd., November 13, 19t8-41 Hughes' Isolation - Foils Complaints Movie Director Uses New, Personal Approach summer. Then he went to Rome and played a gangster in "At Any Price," and he had said he'd never play another gangster. But there was a rea HOLLYWOOD (NEA) - A fresh approach to movie-making. Peter Falk says that's what his buddy, John Cassavetes, is doing. "He's the only director In America," Pete says, "who does pictures very personally." His "Faces" was an artistic triumph. In January, he and A Script Change Shakes Opera , . - . . A ., .1 - r w.. n" '-4 4 . v y. v ri Falk and Ben Gazzara will make "The Husbands." "The three of us get together whenever we can," he says, "and we talk over every scene. By the time we begin to shoot, we'll know those characters s well as we know ourselves." Falk did "Castle Keep" In Yugoslavia last spring and. Corsaro, people consider such Interventions unrealistic without necessarily denying they can happen. Corsaro points out he hasn't tampered In the slightest with Gounod's score. The heavenly choir still rings out its promise of salvation as Marguerite comes to her end on earth. Nor is there any change as Mephls-tophcles Is made to take the character of a 20th Century jet-set profligate rather than that of a demon straight from hell. He slinks and cowers not at all, not even In the presence of the cross. Indeed, he himself makes the sign of the cross, with scornful mirth. In Gounod's day and up to the present time such a portrayal of the devil was as unthinkable as hanging Marguerite. But times have changed in that regard, too, inCorsaro'sview. He is one of the modern stage craftsmen the New York City Opera employs in its continuing game of oneupmanshlp with the Metropolitan Opera, Its tradition-bound neighbor in the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts. But It may not be one up on the Met as regards "Faust." There Is no telling the City Opera's revolution will stick. It may be the operatic public will suppress it, as it has many another effort to make the old operas compatible with 20th Century views. The issue won't be joined until Dec. 30 when the Met gives Its first "Faust" of the season. You can be sure Its Mephistopheles will be authentically the devil of Gounod's time and Marguerite won't hang. , in? I HOLLYWOOD (NANA) "Hope Springs Eternal," and "you can't blame a guy for trying . . ." these are among the many reasons why frustrated entertainers In the Las Vegas areas keep on trying to get hold of the kingpin of isolation to solve their difficulties. Frank Sinatra, after attempting to smash up the Desert Inn Hotel a couple of years ago and then being smashed down himself by a husky security guard, put in frantic telephone calls for Howard Hughes, the new owner, who was operating things from the top floor of the spot. Sinatra was so incensed at being ignored by the billionaire hermit that he broke his contract as a Desert Inn entertainer, moving over to Caesar's Palace, along with buddy-pals Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Ever since that notorious escapade, one celebrity after another has been utilizing every manner and means of stirring the evasive Mr. Hughes into Manager Sought LONDON (AP) The Beatles are looking for a successful businessman to direct their show business empire. Lord Beeching, 55-year-old physicist and former deputy chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries, said today he had been approached by the quartet. He was reportedly offered the equivalent of $48,000 a year about half what ICI, one of Britain's biggest industries, paid him to take charge of their multimillion-dollar Apple Record Co. Beeching said he'd "like to help the Beatles as I greatly admire their talent. But It is not an appointment to which I could give total involvement as I see it now." Meanwhile, a preview of the Beatles' newest record album drew favorable notices from two critics, both women. "Those wicked Beatles have ifted pop music from ragtime to the present day and satirized other people's styles," wrote Judith Simons In the Daily Express. "The opening track "Back in the U.S.S.R." Is a Beach Boy send-up intensified by the naive nostalgia, usually applied to a yearning for the U.S. "The hill-billy 'Rock Racoon' should have Frankle and Johnny turning in their graves." Anne Nightingale wrote In the Daily Sketch: "Intellectuals who try to read fantasy, sex, psychcdellia and Freud Into their songs will have a hard time. NEW YORK (UPD-For over a hundred years heaven has unfailingly Intervened countless times to prevent Marguerite from being hanged. Now there is a switch. Heaven doesn't intervene. Marguerite climbs the gallows' steps and a hangsman puts the noose around her neck. That is happening at the New York City Opera, in its new production of Charles Gounod's "Faust." To you it may seem a small potato but In anything as tradition-bound as opera, it is earth-shaking, a revolution. Opera people are in a dither about it. Some approve on the grounds that it's high time for the operatic stage to become realistic. Since Marguerite's crime was infanticide, a hanging is not out of keeping. Others consider it a shocking liberty to take with a greatly pitied heroine. Frank Corsaro, the staging director who did this to her, defends it by contrasting the current view of heavenly interventions with the one which reigned In the 1850's when Gounod and his librettists put "Faust" together for its first performance, on March 19, 1859. In those days heavenly Interventions were accepted as a matter of course when people considered they were merited, and to them Marguerite merited one by making herself worthy of forgiveness. They were pleased when she escaped the gallows by being taken to heaven In their full view. These days, according to SWINGING ANTICS Actress "The Great Bank Robbery," a Mai-Kim Novak and members of the comb Stuart production. The come-Mitchell Boys Choir help Zero Mos- dy-western is due to be released by tel in his chandelier-swinging antics Warner Brothers-Seven Arts early while filming a song sequence in next year. Playwright Has Happy-Time In 'Players ' Drama getting on the horn and to date not one of them has even come close. It was only natural then for singer Bobby Darin, offended by the new management of the Vegas Frontier Hotel Howard's latest casino acquisition to ring that answerless telephone in an effort to get Howard to intercede and conciliate his quarrel. The phone always rings in the Hughes quarters and someone always answers. But, as the stories go, names of the callers are relayed to the big boss by teletype. When Hughes got the Bobby Darin message he Is said to have replied, "Bobby who?" Anyway Bobby took his walk out of the place, flew back to Hollywood and spent $500 for a page ad in Daily Variety. He thereby got his message across to Hughes in the form of an "open letter." It read: "Dear Mr. Hughes: I hope that your associates' who precipitated my exit, permit you to see my letter to you fully explaining my unprecedented action." Darin claims this is the first time in his career he ever took a powder on a contracted-for engagement. Incidentally, the reason he became so worked up, he explained In TV interviews, was that the sound system particularly one sour speaker prevented audiences from properly assimilating the rich mellow tones of his "Mack the Knife" voice. It is not known whether Mr. Hughes has yet received Mr. Darin's "open letter." It is not known, either, whether he subscrives to Hollywood Daily Variety. With such a large and well-trained legion of secret services surrounding him, and his access to a network of private communication, it would seem hardly necessary that he subscribe to anything. And he knows what's going on In every remote corner of his various hotels on the strip this through an involved closed television circuit, whereby the flip of a switch will give him a closeup and an earful of whatever the play or the ploy might be. Who knows, he may have been looking in on all of Bobby Darin's shen-nanigans that opening night! Meanwhile, life goes on as usual in Las Vegas. One new hotel rises to outdo the last one. Patronage has more than doubled in the past five years. You have to know somebody who knows somebody In order to get a week-end reservation, and as for the approaching Christmas and New Year's season, you'd better be a favorite cousin of one of the hotel owners. But the real millenlum will be reached in Las Vegas some night when an angry entertainer puts in a call to the upper reaches of the Desert Inn Hotel and Howard Hughes himself answers the phone! SUSAN HAYWARD "VALLEY OF THE DOLLS" -IN COLOR bUUN "COQCAN'S BLUFF" R BOSTON STRANGLER (C)N.Y. Time New Hmk NEW YORK, - There may be a touch of tears in William Gibson's new drama, "A Cry of Players," but this is strictly the happy time for the playwright. Columbia Pictures and Martin Poll Films have not only acquired movie rights to "Players," which has opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, but they have engaged Gibson to adapt his work as well. "Players" was actually Gibson's first play; having v n (UPlTelephoto) who is married to a girl named Anne. But any resemblance to persons Shakespearean is altogether etc., etc. "Heart of Darkness" at long last is coming out of the literary shadows and into the movie spotlight. Kenneth flyman, Warner Brothers.-Seven Arts' production chief, reports that Joseph Conrad's classic, published in 1902, "is definitely set to be made In Africa next spring." Director Andrezej Wajda ("Ashes and Diamonds," "Kanal") will make his English-langauge debut with his countryman's story. Conrad's tale of a white trader's experiences with colonial exploitation in the Belgian Congo will use a British cast and will be shot in Central Africa. "Exactly where," says Hyman, "depends on the political situation there next year." Since so much Conrad has been transferred successfully from library to film ("Outcast of the Islands," "Lord Jim," "Victory" and "The Secret Sharer"), why not throw a spotlight on "Heart of Darkness"? AWARD WINNER "THE GRADUATE" IN COLOR Therapy Described son he did it. "Cassavetes was In It, too, he says. "This gave Us a chance to talk about 'The Hus bands.'" -l After "The Husbands," he'll play another gangster, l,n )i film called "Mickey and Nicky." There's a reason for that, too. "Elaine May wrote it," he says. "And I think It's the best study of a hoodlum I've ever read." Mike Douglas wasn't there for the big party Group VV Productions tossed to honor Mike Douglas and his visit to Hollywood. He couldn't make It he was taping shows to beat the musicians' strike. But Marty Allen was there. This is the new Marty Allen going it alone, since he and Steve Rossi broke up amicably, and with a neater haircut for his dramatic debut on The Big Valley. "The first night I had this haircut," he says, "Frenchy his wife) woke me up at 4 J.m. and said, 'You'll have to .eave now my husband Is .'oming home.' Imagine a omic's wife pulling a gag like that." On the last night Allen and Rossi worked together, Marty-got this wire from Don Rickl-es: "All right, dummy, let's see how you get along without the other dummy." I think Its time for another fat man to make it in pictures," said Mel Berger, and, he is the fat man he has!ln mind. Berger, at the moment, weighs In somewhere between 300 and 320. He's 6-foot-3. . . He went on a diet oncQ, when he was 19, but as soon as he stopped dieting, the weigh,' came back. A doctor then told him he could lose weight,, 'but he would have to stay on a strict diet the rest of his life. , "No, thanks," Mel says. "I'd rather die at 60 after a happy life than live to be 70 and be miserable." He doesn't worry about his weight. He emptied four sugars into his coffee and happily contemplated his calories, JOSEPH tlEVINE onrumi : - -if won the Topeka Civic Theater's $500 prize way back in 1W7. It was snapped up for Broadway by Margaret Webster and Carly Wharton but, show biz being show biz it showed up again at the Stock-bridge, Mass., Berkshire Theater Festival (headed by Gibson), at which point it was acquired for the Vivian Beaumont. The story of "Players" concerns an Elizabethan playwright by the name of Will says the participants are able to enjoy sensual pleasure without sexual involvement because they are so emotionally "turned on." Theaters Today BOCA RATON "Boston Stranglcr," 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25. CARiCf-REE Duffy," 2:10, 4:1X1, 5:5(1. 7:45, 9:40. COLONY "Valley of the Dolls," 7:05, 9:25. FLORIDA "2.0U: A Space Otlvasrv." 2:1X1, 5:1X1, 8:30. LAKE - . "Bill Wallace of China," 3: .10, 5:40, 7:45,9:50. LOEWS CINEMA BOYNTON "CarpelbagKei's," 4:15. 9:15, "Nevada Smith," 2:00, 7:1X1. LOEW'S CINEMA 70 "Helea." 2:011, 4:00. 6:00. 8:00, 111:011. PLAZA "Boston Strancler," 1:00, 3:10. 5:20. 7:.10.9:JO. PLAYBOY "Odd Tastes." 2:1X1, 4:00. 6:011, K 00 10:00, "Bad (iirls ;o To Hell." 3:00, 5:00. 7:00.9:00. RIVIERA "Thet;raduate,"7:25.9:40. BEA( HIDRIVK IN) "Odd Couple." 7:1X1. 10:45. (iuldf for a Married Man," 9: 15. BOI 'LEVARI) ( DRIVE IN) "Planet of the Apes," 7:00, 111:45, "Fathom." 9: 10. DELRAY (DRIVE IN) "Barbarella," 7:00, 10:25. "Maroc 7," 8:55. SKYDROME ( DRIVE IN I "Russia With Love," 7:01), 11:30, "Thunderl)all."9:15. TRAIL I DRIVE IN) "Youiw Kunawav.s." 7:00. 10:25. "Spin-out. "8:50. BIG COLOR HITS RAQUEl WELCH m A Comedy (rime Caper About V if A Multi-Million Dollar Piracy! W Duffy i f .,.., JAMES COBURN-JAMES MASON U;S I I 0 JAMES FOX - SUSANNAH YORK f'' J I I TECHNICOLOR' y:y. J . --O-. If X CINEMA ' - if --" CORPORATION 1 1 7 was Li3i5::;::::::::::j Actors Workshop presents. BRIAN FRIEL 'S comedy success PHILADELPHIA, IIEHE I COME! directed by KING PAGE Wed. thru Sat. Nov. 20-23 8:30 p.m. tickets $2.00 members FRKE 832-5194 h'fiWil.'ltf.lllilfU.H LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) By removing all their clothes, participants In group therapy lose inhibitions and can understand themselves better, savs Paul Bindrim, a Hollywood clinical psychologist. He described Monday to the American College of Medical Hypnotists the 21 hour sessions he has been holding each weekend for about a year at Palm Springs, Calif. There are 14 nude participants, male and female, at each session. Bindrim says they pay $45 a weekend. "Clothing constitutes a mask behind which the Individual hides," Bindrim said In describing his theory. Participants just sit and talk about emotional problems at first. As they become more familiar they can touch and embrace but with certain limitations. At dawn the second day they have "a spiritual experience," Bindrim added, by climbing Into a warm swimming pool and meditating quietly together. Body contact Is encouraged because it is "essential to emotional expression." But he Film Ratings 7H General iHJ audiences. (Ml audiences. nri Restricted LLU audience rr"l Persons under lAI 16 not admitted KHilHttNtiWD WIST Of AtfFOir 2 CHARLTON HESTON "PLANET OF APES' LIl ruiNoi 2 In Lemmon I Walter Matthau. "Guide ON u S NO I DIUUf MACH 2 BIG "ff "ODD mm PARENTS: BECAUSE OF CERTAIN REVEALING SCENES...WE SUGGEST YOU SEE "HELGA" FIRST!!! THIS IS THE TRUE STORY OF THE SELF-CONFESSED BOSTON RUTH GASSMANN n !JU Curtis Henry Fonda George Kennedy color mtwi moil cdJ STRANGLER. A dazzling trip beyond the stars! EXCtUSIve ENGAGEMENf 3 SHOWS DAILY 2:00-3:00-1:30 P.M. . OfiWIIIl Tony MGM , SHNIEV KUBfitCK WtODUCTtON ' "I 'FATHOM" Color Swap Shop Sun. I I fm fgiSTRlCTED-PFPgnKf mn I I I I PARENT OR ADULT GUARDIAN I COLOR 9Y PERFECT - S COUPLE" "1 ROCKING CHAIR THEATRE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT JANE FONDA IN SIEDEOPHONIC SOUND t MEIHOCOlCHt TRUE! STARTLING!! A FACTS-OF-LIFE FEATURETTE on the mysteries of reproduction! "PLANET OF LIFE" in color WRBARau-iTMAROC 7" SHOWS DAILY AT 2-4-6-8-10 P.M. For A Married Man'l COLOR HITS II GENE BARRY 967-2500 II ELVIS PRESLEY .,. iPiNVUI Davit Roadi lake Worth Amidst China's most explosive era... stood a gentle giant! OJ mum "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE" Soon Conncry (as Jamti Bond) "THUNDERBALL" flamin iMmsiy m m m m i Bar hi AIR CONDITIONED THRU SATURDAY Fran MATINEES FROM 2 PM EVERY WED. SAT. SUN. STARTS SUNDAY "PETULIA" EMIWNU-.THI m m en niti wl mil' J TECHNICOLOR PANAVISI0N3 1ST WPS SHOWING PATTY McCORMACK "YOUNG RUNAWAYS" Cornor lal Worth A NEVADA SMITH' COLOR PMAV1SI0P imjiM. .a vocation oi love 1 X I OPENS 14S ldb- 1 !biW&"Aiffritai

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