Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 1973 · Page 21
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THURSDAY/FEBRUARY I, 1973 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PACE 21 A Keating review Travels With My Aunt a dilly By MICHELINE KEATING Citllin Movit Critic "Travels WiUi My Aunt," which opened last night at the Catalina Theater, is a dilly of a film, one of the best of the season. - From the first scene -when a gaunt, time-ravaged woman, which neither brassy hair nor Jayers of make-up can conceal, confronts a prim, unworldly man at his mother's funeral' with the announcement she is Ws Aunt Augusta, long presumed dead -- to the final quixotic lady-or-the-tiger ending, the film is just about perfect. - · : Director George Cukor has brought all the vintage savvy of his 40 years of making motion pictures into full flower. There is no substitute for his kind of experience and it is, reflected in every nuance of his exquisite, style. The whole zany, hilarious goings-on are deliriously tongue-in-cheek. From the moment Aunt Augusta (Maggie LouRawls Pending a divorce bearing, singer Lou Rawls must pay $4,510 * month to support Us wife Lima Jean Rawls and their twt children, Lou Jr., J, and Lou Anna, 4. The couple married on Feb. 12, 1*62, and separated Jan. 18, 1972. Smith) seduces her meek, bulwark of propriety nephew Henry (Alec .McCowen) from his suburban dahlia garden to her opulent flat above a London pub where she is living with her black lover (Lou Gos- j sett), a fortune teller from Sierra Leone, you know that life will never be the same for him again. · It includes having his mother's ashes replaced with marijuana, to participating in a plot to smuggle illegal money into Turkey to ransom one of his aunt's former lovers which results in their deportation. To raise new ransom funds, Henry becomes involved in a series of outside-the-law episodes as bizarre as his Aunt Augusta is unorthodox. It includes the long repressed Henry's seduction on the Orient .Express by a young American girl (Cindy Williams). As frothy as "Travels Witti My Aunt" is, there is a kind of poignancy that gives it some solidity, a reaffirmation that life needs to be lived, no matter how foolishly. The film hai such grace and wit that areas "..that might seem decadent and repellent in less skilled hands here are no more than part of the risk of living. Maggie Smith plays the wayward Augusta in an exaggerated rather overdrawn manner, as British actressei are sometimes given to doing. But she never loses the character, ho matter how much she hams. At first she mum* bles the words in a way that makes them difficult to understand. But at the same time she makes the flamboyant extraordinary aunt completely believable. Alec McCowen is just right as the staid nephew. He un derplays the man's gradual change from dullish prig to adventurer in a completely ingratiating way. Gossett gives a splendid per formance. And Augusta's one true love is played effectively by Robert Stephens. Jay Presson Allen and Hugh Wheeler did a facile job in adapting Graham Greene's novel. The picture was filmed in England, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Turkey and Yu- goslavia. Douglas Slocombe's perceptive camera is a major asset in capturing the romam tic and exotic backgrounds; The picture has been given WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE CHOCOLATES Chucktd Evtry btt« a tun delight STEINFELD'S GODIVA. a PG rating, but concerned parents will keep the small fry away from this film that is directed to sophisticated audiences. TRUNK SHOWING OF BEVERLY HILLS FURS AT TREMENDOUS SAVINGS WED., JAN. 31st TO FEB. 3rd CONCEPT IN KITCHEN REMODELING new cabinet msio Fail! Eaiy! No men no lorn up kitchen. SAT. All DAT COMPLETE KITCHEN* BATHROOM REMODELING ALSO NEW CAIIKETS t COUNTER TC.'S CAREFREE KITCHENS For Free Estimate Call 326-2131 Carefree Kitchens 2744 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona 85719 YES! Send me brochure describing Cabinetpak'i mrtant glamour. Name-.-- . _ _ _ -- -- Address -City phone , I AISO !N PHOENIX YOUR CHOICE 98 00 CARVED CANED AND BEAUTIFULLY COVERED Just unpacked: one carload of * . ' · " ' these best-selling chairs. The gracefully carved frames in Old World fruitwood or antique white finish are girdled with expensive cane and dressed in luxurious fabrics such as striped moire, striped velvet, rich damasks and white leather. Choose Italian or French Provincial in these wide, deep and exquisitely detailed chairs. They're something to talk about and you can double the conversation with pairs! Use Regwfer's convenient payment plan. Shop of fttg«itar'f Monday and Friday 9:30 fo 9;00. Ojhwimkday* 9:30 to 5:30. FINE HOME FURNISHINGS 2303 EAST GRANT RD -- TUCSON nee DRIYMY Mtrwmnm MHONA

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