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St. Louis, Missouri
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Sunday, November 4, 1973
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eiterteiimeMt 4P Sun., Nov. 4, 1973 the new films 'Charley Varrick' By Joe Pollack Of the Post-Dispatch Staff FOR SHEER ENTERTAINMENT, "Charley Varrick" is a multi-faceted gem. The plot is marvelously convoluted, with twist following surprise and preceding gimmick. Tha action is fast, the chase scenes inventive, the acting superlative..' " Walter Matthau leads the way in the title role. Lanky, dour-faced and gum-chewing, he bills himself as "The Last of the Independents," until he' holds up a small bank in New Mexico and suddenly finds himself trying to elude both the Mafia and the Law. The bank, in which Matthau and his gang expected to find a couple of thousand dollars and little heat, turns out to be a Mafia drop for dirty money and the haul exceeds three quarters of a million. Howard Rodman and Dean Riesner wrote the screenplay from John Reese's novel, "The Looters," and though it has some confusing moments, 'Don Siegel's fast-paced direction breezes right past them and lets the viewer pick up the loose ends later. Siegel, who also directed Clint Eastwood in "'Dirty Harry," shows a much-improved touch in this effort. All the technical aspects are of superior quality, especially Michael Butler's cinematography and Lalo Schifrin's music score. Another brilliant touch to the film is in the minor roles. They are uniformly outstanding, reflecting careful and painstaking direction and fine casting. Sheree North is an extralegal photographer. Felicia Farr is the secretary to a Mafia-connected bank president. Norman Fell is an ambitious district attorney. Benson Fong is a criminal go-between. Kath-. leen O'Malley is a police telephone operator. William Schal-lert -is a small-town sheriff. Marjorie Bennett is a busybody landlady. All the roles are small. All the acting is fascinating. . . Matthau, of course, is as fine a craftsman as ever, moving from mood to mood, from action to action, in deft style. Joe Don Baker, the sheriff from "Walking Tall," plays the Mafia enforcer with sadistic glee, and Andy Robinson makes a fine film debut as Matthau's sidekick. The chase scenes are imaginative, the violence not too depressing and the whole thing has an honest flavor that makes it easy to root for the little guy who is fighting to make his way in the world even if it does involve robbing banks. ' (Running time: 1 hour, 51 minutes. Rating, PG. At the CREVE COEUR, CROSS KEYS, FAIRVIEW, SOUTH COUNTY.) at the movies , s- -s, "v, ' v , xx f v" - , -sS - ' lUJ;: V-- vfvY v x1 A :..V :--m-.y - What's Happening On Broadway SHALL WE DANCE: Hyacinth tha Hippo and Ben Ali Gator are two of the dancing, animals in 'Walt Disney's "Fantasia," re-released in the area. It is ptaying at the Kirfawood Theater. - , O 1073, New Vorli Timet Newt Service NEW YORK REMEMBER the theater in the 1960s? "A Raisin in the Sun," "Look Homeward, Angel," "Picnic," "P a j a m a Game." "The Visit," "The Waltz of the Toreadors," and "Gigi," the big movie musical of 1958. Watch for them again on Broadway this season most of them in different guise. There will also be a new version of the musical "Candide" in Brooklyn. For those with longer memories, there will be several renins of hits of the 40s. Carol Charming will star in still another musical version of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" now called "Lorelei." The Lincoln Center production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" will move to Broadway. And for true nostalgia, two Andrews Sisters, , Patti and Maxene, will star in "Over Here," a musical salute to the USO canteens of World War II. most ubiquitous season, with his operation extended from the downtown public theater to Lincoln Center. New , York's institutional theaters will increasingly become the primary outlet for new works and adventuresome revivals. The Brooklyn Academy of Music will become an international theater center, featuring among many events, a three-month British theater season, including a visit by the Royal Shakespeare Company. ROCK MUSICALS should be on the wane this year, although there is one late starter "On Her Mind," a musical that takes place in the mind of a woman, with music by Gait MacDermot and lyrics by Hal David. Sign." "Summer Brave," William I n g e's final reworking of "Picnic," may be on Broadway. There will also be a play by Jerry Devine, "Children of the Wind" and three thrillers: Ira Levin's "Veronica's Room" (Starring Eileen Heckart and Arthur Kennedy), Howard Richardson's "Play with a Dead Body" and Peter Keve-son's "Nettie Toole & Co." (with Sylvia Miles). "Full Circle," Erich Maria Remarque's play about Berlin in World War II, will bring Bibi Anderson and television's Leonard Nimoy to Broadway. From Transylvania (by way of the Nantucket Stage Company) comes a new production of "Dracula." The first British import (a According to theater party category probably less in evi- Ucirce una acowii; " "Crown Matrimonial," Royce Lillian Gish Wants Tasteful "Films associates, tha show most in demand for benefits so far this season is "Raisin," the musical version of Lorraine Hans-berry's "A Raisin in the Sun" last Bob Thomas Of the Associated Press "Ugliness disturbs ms," she said, "and much of what is shown on the screen is ugly. . Not only in exposure oi ine BEVERLY HILUS, Calif. uman j lbo mean the "AS AN American, I am Ugiiness of violence. To me, against censorship of any violence is just as offensive as kind." remarked Lillian Gish, nucuty. O LUCKY MAN! Malcolm McDowell' as Everyman m a long but fascinating story of the ups and downs of life. Lindsay Anderson directed. BRENTWOOD. THE WAY WE WERE Talky, draggy yarn of a marriage that cannot work because of commitment and other things, including Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. CYPRESS VILLAGE, ELLISVTLLE, NORTHLAND, SUNSET. HEAVY TRAFFIC Bawdy part-animation, part-live story that is supposed to be satire but ends up as a tedious trip filled with cheap shots at everything and everybody. From Ralph Bakshi, who also produced "Fritz the Cat." SHADY OAK. WHO IS GURU MAHARAJ JI? Documentary of the life of the 15-year-old "Perfect Master," which will appeal greatly to his disciples and be hard to understand for others. MAGIC LANTERN. , AMERICAN GRAFFITI Sparkling and honest story of a '. group of teen-agers on theuf last night before college. Has appeal and richness, plus well-remembered music. WESTPORT. - FANTASIA The Walt Disney film of the late '30s, showing -that psychedelics were known even then. Blendsjj phonic music with color and cartoon animals, ballet ana beauty. KIRKWOOD. ' THE NEW LAND-Sequel to "The Emigrants," with Liv Ull-'. mann and Max von Sydow as the Norwegians who settled in Minnesota and went to work to create a home. Long and beautiful. ESQUIRE. COPS AND ROBBERS-Generally entertaining caper picture of how Cliff Gorman and Joseph 'Bologna skip to the other side of the law. CRESTWOOD, MANCHESTER, VIL-LAGE, STADIUM II. M-A-S-H Robert Airman's marvelous black comedy about a team of Army surgeans in North Korea. Zany, wild and wacky with great performances by 'Donald Sutherland and . Elliott Gould. DES PERES, STADIUM I, WESTPORT. ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE Director James William Guer-' cio shows a fine touch until he is carried away by memories of "Easy Rider," in a sensitive story of a motorcy- . cle cop, played with class by Robert Blake. AT 1$ AREA THEATERS. EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNWO ABOUT SEX BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK and PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM-Woody Allen. Twice. HI-POINTE. ROMEO AND JULIET Shakespeare's love story as seen through the eye and camera of Franco Zeffirelli. GRA- ' NADA, LEWIS & CLARK, NORTHWEST PLAZA, SUNSET. HARRY L YOUR POCKET-How to be a high-class dip, as demonstrated by James Coburn and Walter Pidgeon, with Trish Van Devere a lovely and willing student. FOUR SEASONS, NAMEOKI, PADDOCK, SOUTH CITY. IKE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR.-lncredible story of violence and rhetoric, equally senseless. LOEW'S STATE. LAST TANGO IN PARIS Marlon Brando in a sensitive portrayal of a man seeking his soul and his maculinity with a young girl. FINE ARTS. DELIVERANCE JBurt Reynolds and others, floating down the river and through the woods, with bows and arrows and canoes and banjo players. ESQUIRE. JOE POLLACK Ferrante & Teicher At Kiel Nov. 11 one of the great stars of the silent screen. She continued wistfully, "But j do wish we could do something about taste." Miss Gish, the fragile beauty of "Birth of a Nation," "Broken Blossoms" and a host of other silent classics, was paying a return visit to the Hollywood she first saw 60 years ago. She reminisced about the past, particularly her prideful. association with David Wark Griffith, but she also talked about present-day films. s "... -i "Although I do not approve of censorship, I wish there were some way to impose taste on the people who make films. It's not that I mind the portrayal of sex in movies, but sex should be beautiful, an expression of human love. But too often it is made to seem ugly." A YOUTHFUL 77, Miss Gish is in the middle of a tour of 30 cities in seven weeks to call attention to her new book, "Dorothy and Lillian Gish," a $20 family album of the rich careers of the two sisters. She stated a historical observation on the film world's flirtation with obscenity: "You know. I helped the Italian film industry get started. I went to Rome after the First World War and made the first American film there, 'The White Sister.' There was only one broken-down studio in Rome, and we rebuilt it. Then I went to Florence and made another movie, 'Romola.' "I spent two years in Italy, and I had time to learn all about their art. The Italians in the Renaissance went through what our film-makers seem to be going through today. Nudity had not been seen before, and at first they exploited it. But then they learned to portary the human body with beauty. "I say to today's moviemakers. Do what you will but do it beautifully." LILLIAN GISH conveyed an air of fragility on the screen, but she is in reality the most resilient of ladies. She hasi proved that by crossing the country 11 times in the last four years, lecturing to colleges and other audiences on "The Art of the Film." "I've lectured in 41 states only nine to go," she announced proudly. The barnstorming is a throwback to her childhood, when she and Dorothy toured the country in melodramas. With money scarce and angels wary, producers look tor testea which collected raves commodities. Those plays not season in Washington. drawn from prior hits, wull otten try to bank on accepted audience appeal, such as "Molly," the musical version (starring Kay Ballard) of the long-run radio show "The Goldbergs." The Broadway show with the broadest appeal may well be "The Seventh Son," about the Catskill confrontation of Hasid-ic Jews and a rock band (a cross between "Fiddler oh the Roof" and "Hair"?) AMONG the season's promises: There will be new plays by established American p 1 a y-wrights, including Neil Simon, Edward Albee, David Rabe, Mart Crowley and Murray Schisgal; two new plays by Ed Bullins, and perhaps one from Tennessee Williams. In a season somewhat lacking in stars, major stage debuts will be made in separate productions by two Ingmar Bergman luminaries, Max Von Sydow and Bibi Andersson and Joanne Woodward will make hex Lincoln Center debut opposite Von Sydow in Strindberg'f "Dance of Death." , This will be Joseph Papp's "GIGI" will come to life on Broadway, with additional songs by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, and a cast headed by Alfred Drake. The new "Pajama Game" features a racially mixed cast, starring Cab Calloway, Barbara McNair and Nipsy Russell. Among plays, two have been tested and declared stage-worthy Steven Tesich's "Nourish the Beast" (Reviewed last year as "Baby Goya," and Mart Crowley's "A Breeze From the Gulf. Neil Simon will make, his yearly pilgrimage to Broadway, this time in an unusual collaboration with Chekhov. "The Good Doctor," based on stories by Chekhov, will star Christopher Plummer. Edward Albee's long-awaited evolution play, "Seascape," is promised for March, and on David Merrick's roster is a new play by Tennessee Williams, "The Red Devil Battery Ryton's London hit about the Duke of Windsor (George (Grizzard) and his mother (Eileen Herlie). WHILE OTHER producers look for plays, Joseph Papp finds his scheduJe filled. He predicts, "this will be our most productive season in terms of plays and quality of work." He will begin the public theater season with "Lotta," a new play by Robert Montgomery. By all odds, the major Papp event will be his entry at Lincoln Center on Nov. 8 with David Rabe's "In the Boom Room." Papp's chief rival as theatrical entrepreneur may be the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Its resident company, the Chil-sea Theater, began its season with the New York premiere of David Storey's "The Contractor," and will follow it with Harold Prince's revival of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" (with a new book by Hugh Wheeler), Christopher Hampton's "Total Eclipse" (about Verlaine and Rimbaud), and "Dawn Song," a mixed media work by Peter Barton about the Nez Perce Indians. IfNtfr-Jp ccaleanpcpspy ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: John Houseman, veteran film and stage director, wiU bring the City C e n t e r Acting Company to St. louis next weekend for performances Friday at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Saturday at Washington 'University, The company, an outgrowth of the Juilli-ard School-Lincoln Center, will present "Measure for Measure," Friday at 8:30. and "The Beggar's Opera" Satur day at 8. Presents IN CONCERT BLACK OAK ARKANSAS Ferrante & Teicher, the two-piano act- with more than 100 albums to its credit, will appear in ccri cert at Kiel Opera House Suiay Nov. 11. Barhcrshoppers Twc former championship groups will head the annual Paradi of Harmony program Saturday at p.m. at Kiel Opera House. The program is presented by the Society of the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. The 1369 champions, the Mark TV of San Antonio, Tex., is composed of Frar.klin Spears, Allan Kobers'eh, Da! Deiser and C O. Crawford. Also appearing on the program is the PlUsburgh Four, 1948 champions and the oldest past championship group still actively firrging. The Spirit of St. Locis, a 40-man gioup led by Erfsn Kane, will also perform. The team has had several hits with themes from movies, including "The Apartment," "Lawrence of Arabia", "West Side Story," "Lisa," "The Bible," "Anthony & Cleopatra," "One-Eyed Jacks" and "Exodus," which remained on the charts for five months and sold over 2,000,000 copies. Lily Tomlin Here Comedienne Lily Tomlin, who was one of the featured players on television's "Laugh-in," will appear in a show at Kiel Opera House tonight at 8 o'clock. Champion Directs HOLLYWOOD (UPI)-Gower Champion will direct his first major motion picture when he sets the cameras rolling for "The Bank Shot" starring George C. Scott for United Artists. mm a '53231) 'xtD mm GEBSDKS'i ram plus special guest: FRAMPTONS CAMEL plus: LYNYRD SKYNYRD Wed., Nov. 21 7:00 P.M. Kiel Auditorium reserved seats: $4-$5 $6 moJobl. at: Orange Jutiul (N.W. Haia), lhe SpKtnm, KSHE-SmSo, Muut Village. Flaio Magnrax (BeUeyiUe, and dad Rags. Special Guest Stars SKILES AND . HENDERSON FRIDAY, NOV. 1 6, 9 P.M. Kiel Opera House Tickets $5, $6 & $7 Now on sale at Goldie's Ticket Agency, Kiel Auditorium, Orange Julius in Northitest Plaza and Village Music in Clayton i Mai ooVt ah accaatMl SaiaJ to SaUla'., 111 Mva St. St.LMa4310l m dM ar wiwiy araar, and laH add. atampad aw.aWB.. J WO FEYLINE PRESENTS in concert , JOE WALSH & BARNSTORM plus special guest: ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Wednesday, November 7 7:30 P.M. FRANK MOSKUS JAN MAHANNAH JERI SUE RAYMER FRANK 'WERSCHING JACQUES BREL is alive & well & living in Paris ST. CHARLES THEATRE & OPERA HOUSE Reserv. 946-7896 Curtain 8 P.M. Tickets $3.50 PERFORMANCES: SAT. NOV. 10 SUN. NOV. 1 1 SAT. NOV. 17 SUN. NOV. 18 SAT. NOV. 24 SUN. NOV. 25 JOHN THOMPSON Musical Director Fox Theatre $5.00 in advance $8.00 at the door Tickets available at: Orange Julius (n.w. plaza), Fox Theatre, the Spectrum, KSHE-Rodio, Gladrags, Music Village, and Plaza Magnavox (Belleville). coatempopspy productions, ice. A Fresh New Talent THE JERRY ANDERSON SHOW GAS HOUSE LOUNGE "This versatile Canadian sings plays, does one liners and is a solid talent." . John H nsxermiin, Stm trancisco Lnrorucle "Mr. Versatility, Mr. Entertainment, impersonations, everything from Johnny Mathis to Elvis Pri sly to Ray Charles." Hal Walker, Calgary Herald NIGHTLY 5 TO 7 P.M. 9 TO 12 P.M. 415 N. 1 2th St., St. Louis, Mo. 621 -4600 ' ft REGISTERED NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK The Showboat's new I'aildkwheeler Restaurant on the Becky Thatcher features charbroiicd Mcam, D$ w! thick juicy prime rib. and fresh seafood from the rivers and the seas. Serving every evening incluii:ig i 4; Sunday, with entertainment in the bar. I fi In the Theatre of the Showboat Goldenrod hilarious old time melodrama is presented Friday and ; . Saturday night. 1 he St. Louis Kagttmers are in the barroom. Iff For more information or roerratitnis call MA 1-3311 Witt' " 'n-rmw'ici v w . I I : it a"--r " Plan a unique Christmas Party.' Private Facilities Tor 15 to 300 .ak. :..'sZa. if? 'l';fnfln!f t .- w a a; KavtMavaaiajapaiapajamaaMiroiaMRaMiMfca vs-'aa'rje . ... - w , Tim i

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