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Sinatra Served on the Rocks, a la Bogart Sun., July 14, 1968 IHt MINNEAPOLIS TtllUNf MOVIE REVIEWS By Ben Kern "THE DETECTIVE," the Frank Sinatra film in which Jacqueline Bisset replaced Mia Farrow, is at the Downtown Mann. Sinatra plays the familiar role of the tried and true big city police detective who loves his work and keeps bucking moral compromise. ("You think you're better than the rest of us." accuses detec tive Cur tan, his enemy. "Get smart.") . Sinatra does well in this kind of role, as have quite a few others, including Richard Widmark ("Mad-igan," State, May 26), all more or less in the mold of Humphrey Bog-art. In the hands of expert filmic story-tellers the tale smoothly lays out its main course and its various highly seasoned side dishes, and we trustfully partake until, lb and behold, we are suffering from crusader's indigestion. We learn to be kind to homosexuals, to re-assess the confessions of psyehotics, to go after the absentee landlords instead of the protesters, to dig where we find secretive tendencies, and to watch out for relapses in the respectable. We also learn not to marry in haste. If we are alert, we even pick up a new pointer on racial relations. Robbie Loughren is a Negro detective. iLirt?s is urivmo Yolkswagen Into a Cadillac Future He starts as the Sinatra detective's reliable helper but turns nasty in the scramble for advancement, thus forestalling any criticism that this film is portraying him as a faithful lackey. There is, indeed, something for everybody. "Those kids are living in garbage cans and we're sitting on them," complains the hero, who is working on the case of the horribly mutilated homosexual. The hero's nymphomaniac wife is being incurably drawn to other men. The hero stumbles upon double-dealing Curran trying to cover a real estate racket while a suicide's widow, suspecting murder, gets our hero to uncover a tale of (guess what) bisexual recidivism. If you don't mind blunt sex talk, vulgar language, slapdash characters, and overdone moralizing, you'll find this one diverting but little else. It needs a gallon of -moderation and a soupcon of perspective, but mostly it needs to pick a subject and stick to it. Joe Leland .....Frank Sinatra Karen Lee Remick Curran Ralph Meeker Dave Schoenstein Jack Klugman Farrell Horace McMahon Dr. Roberts ....Lloyd Bochner Colin Maclver William Windom Felix Tony Musante Robbie Al Freeman Jr. Nestor Robert Duvall Mercidis Pat Henry Norma Maclver Jacqueline Bisset Produced by Aaron Rosenberg. Directed by Gordon Douglas. Screenplay by Abby Mann based on a novel by Roderick Thorp. Music, Jerry Goldsmith. Photography, Joseph Birec. Technical By AXEL MADSEN HOLLYWOOD, Calif. Her name may be French, but she is the latest of the level - headed and luscious lasses England is exporting, a green - eyed girl who started out as a minor "Casino Royale" spy called Giovanna Goodthigh and in less than 18 months ij) America has edged herself up to costarring with Erank, Sinatra and Steve (McQueen while still tooling around in a Volkswag- . "Jacqueline Bisset hates to be called Jackie and would prefer to be taken for a woman rather than ' -11 - A 1 1 a wen - suicKea movie idol. As an actress, the 23-year - old London born-, and - bred lawyer's daughter would also rather play serious parts than flesh out lusty sexpots. Tough luck, so far. I In "The Beginners," which she started shooting m Toronto July . 2, she plays the seductress of one of three teen - age boys, and she is up for a steamy pjirt in "The Sundance Kid." .'The Beginners' is really a sweet little pic-tore, the story of three 15 - year - oids who all t611 each other the first girl they've been to -bed with is me," she says in a njellowing yet still clipped vibrato. "Out of spite, I end up seducing one of them." ! Miss Bisset sighs and wonders 1 aloud how she's going to play the rapist of a 15 - year - old boy. SEX MAY not be on her : mind, but it's all over her and the parts they put her in. In the just - finished "Bullit," she plays detec- tve McQueen's girl friend ' "appearing mostly in bed scenes" and in the just-released "The Sweet Ride" she plays the girl friend of her real-life boy friend, Michael Sarrazin. When we ' first see her in this picture, she emerges topless from the Pacific Ocean. An exception, which she likes, is "The Detective," in which she wasn't Frank Sinatra's paramour and ap- 1 AniA1 fuller o 1 n t h A I throughout the picture. In fact, she objected when one scene, in which detective Sinatra visits her as the widow of the prime suspect, had lines of dialogue implying he had spent the night there. "IT'S NOT that I'm against intimate movies, I love them," she says, lighting a Kool. "I like reality. i I like faces, people and like child - like persons uncomplicated people. I don't believe in the generation gap; in fact, I com-m u n i c a t e better with grown men than with young guys." She is under contract to 20th Century Fox and really doesn't mind although she would rather be home in London, where, she feels, the action is. "I was very uptight about America when I first arrived," she says, "lots of ill-mannered people and that sort of things. Now, I'm more relaxed and enjoy it." SHE LIVES with Sarrazin in a beach house in Malibu. There has been the usual columnist chatter about marriage, but the twosome doesn't seem to be in a hurry to conform to studio practices, a fact that does underline a generation gap. They managed to be together during the San . Francisco filming of Warner Bros-Seven Arts' "Bui- . lit," when Sarrazin co-starred in Universal's sus-penser "Wylie" that also went on location to the Golden Gate city. Now, however, their careers move them apart. While Jacqueline shoots the Mirisch brothers' The Beginners" in Canada, Sarrazin costars with Julie Christie in "In Search of Gregory," a Pirandellian adventure in which Julie falls in love with the idea of falling in love with Gregory. The picture is shooting in Geneva and Milan. Jacqueline's white Volkswagen has become a joke around the studios, but it typifies her independence and disregard for con- f t f a. adviser, Lt. Arthur E. Schultheiss, New York Police Department. One hour 50 minutes. In color. "THE PRODUCERS" at the Uptown and Cinema II is a slender one-joke comic novelty that holds up quite well mainly because of the ebullient talents of comedian Zero Mostel, a comedian's foil named Gene Wilder, and the good comedy sense of writer-director Mel Brooks, who doesn't try to make too much out of what he has. The story centers around the single fact, discovered by accountant Leo Bloom, played by Wilder, that if you produce a play on Broadway that you are sure will flop, you can make a whole safeful of money. Once Max Bialystock, a broken-down producer played by Mostel, gets the message, he swings into action. Phase 1: Romance a whole stable of rich old lady backers or "angels" and collect the loot. Phase 2: Find the worst possible play and pick the worst possible director for it. In the interests of the ladies' credulity, you should hire a fairly competent cast. "Springtime for Hitler," a gay romp with Adolf and Eva in Berchtesgarten, is the turkey that Max picks. Nervous Leo, twitchy Max, Dick Shawn as Adolf, and some funny scripting make it worthwhile. Max Bialystock ...Zero Mostel Roger De Bris Boom Gene Wilder unV V.V.V.mSuI Franz Liebkind. .Kenneth Mars Carmen Giya . r . .. .... . Andreas Voutsinas ld Gal Es,e,,e Winwood L s Du Bojs Dick Shawn Eva Braun Renee Taylor Critic John Zoller Produced by Sidney Glazier. Directed by Mel Brooks. Screenplay by Brooks. Photography, Joe Coffey. Production design. Chuck Rosen. Costume designer, Gene Coffin. One hour 28 minutes. In color. "ROSEMARY'S BABY," at the Orpheum, is a better movie than it was a book, primarily, I think, because it comes through graphically on the screen and because some of the novel's worst tastelessness is eliminated. The novel's author, Ira Levin, wittingly or unwittingly irritates some Christians who have a personal feeling about the nativity story, whatever they may think of it as history. With good selectivity about uhat toA use visually, including Mia Farrow's lissome nakedness on appropriate occasion, the film becomes a lubricated piece of narrative about the supernatural. The characterization is slight, but one accepts this in even trade for interesting story twists. In but one instance did I feel that the film's canni-ness failed. Its makers apparently feared that a glimpse of an infant with orange-red hair, golden yellow eyes with vertical black-slit pupils, tiny pearly claws and buds of horns (as described in the book) wouldn't play. They should have gone for broke with that one. The film's strong build could have sustained that sort of zing-er. Rosemary Mia Farrow Hutch Maurice Evans Guy John Cassavetes Dr. Sapirstein ...Ralph Bellamy Minnie . Ruth Gordon Dr. Hill Charles Grodin Roman Sidney Blackmer Neighbor Patsy Kelly Produced by William Castle. Directed by Roman Polanski. Screenplay by Polanski based on a novel by Ira Levin. Music by Christopher Komeda. Two hours 16 minutes. In color. 7t' iJ -r v -1 V' ' " " Z 4 vsS MIA FARROW AND JOHN CASSAVETES And 'Rosemary's Baby' makes three , Dinner Theatre Auditions Are Set Auditions for the new Chanhassen Dinner Theatre will be held Saturday and Sunday at Theatre in the Round, it was announced today by director Gary Gisselman. Gisselman said that the company will be under a full-equity resident stock contract but that he also has jobs open to local jobbers. The contracts will be for a 52-week season of both musicals and straight plays. Gisselman said all actors and dancers should bring their own music. An accompanist will be provided. Children's roles are not available. Auditions for dancers will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for both males and females. Dancers should prepare both single-dance and chorus-type numbers. Actors and actresses will try out from 2 to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. They should prepare both a ballad and an up-tempo or character song and two, . short dramatic scenes. Sinatra Show Set NEW YORK, N.Y. (UPI) Singing actress Diahann Carroll will be guest star on Frank Sinatra's next television special. "Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing," which will be taped in mid - August for showing next season. JACQUELINE BISSET No generation gap for her formity in a town where you are first judged by the wheels you drive. SHE TAKES directors in stride although she admits - she should follow Jeanne Moreau's example and bank on top directors rather than agents and studios. So far, she has worked with second string directors: Canadian Harvey Hart in "The Sweet Ride," English , newcomer Peter Yates in "Bullit," veteran Michael Gordon ("a funny man") in "The Detective" and Alex Grasshoff (of "The Young Americans") in "The Beginners." She wasn't impressed by Michelangelo Antonioni when she met him in London for a "Blow-Up" part she didn't get and calls him cold and impersonal, but she is all enthusiasm for Federico Fellini, whom she met in Rome last summer. "HE'S WARM and you feel he sweeps you into his huge arms," she said. "He's very easily accessible, I felt. He told me I hadn't got my face right yet, which seems to mean that when I grow a little older, I'll be all right. He really looked at me." We also look at her, and how. AXEL MADSEN is a freelance writer based in Hollywood. Open Every Sunday at 5 p.m. The Northwest's Finest Theatres Present MiLi hi z & o r.m. Phone For Tickets 926-2733 In 70 mm. and slrrrophonir sound! DAVID 0 StUNlCKS-o.0. ir-f,:l MATINEES EVERY DAY Cnlinu.ul Sh.wl fi.m 12 N.n A Comic Explosion! , Jack Lcmmon Walter Matthau GONE WITH THEVIWD" Clark Goble Vivien Leigh Leslie Howard Olivia de Havillond 1.1 Ottict Op. Nmh-9 f.m. . 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