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ANOTHER MARTY New Year's Eve Show Scheduled mwnipw 7 wood Music Box Theater. The drama tells the story of a woman evangelist who allows her religious John Perrow, Maidie Nor-man, Juanita Moore, Isabell Sanford, C. P. Walker and Josie Dotson, zeal to wreck her marriage and estrange her only son. Principals are Bea Richards, Whitman Mayo, 'Nothing But a Man' Minor Masterpiece tmmmmmmm mm.
mt -jf J. li II rAalmm. -I, -in Wrestlers, Actors Vie for Laughs One of the comic highlights of Jules Dassin's screening city-wide today, takes place at a Turkish wrestling match. Director Dassin blended a number of ingredients creating a laugh-filled scene. The wrestlers, wearing leather pants and soaked in olive oil, battle group style, providing the basic comic theme.
Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, and Maximilian Schell, the stars, provide more comedy as they come and go to their seats on order to baffle the watchful Turkish police. One performance of "The Amen Corner" will be presented on New Year's Eve at the Holly Jerry's on a wild ward-path as hi goes from Bed 10 nurse, VM i 5v- jo here comes helpful Jgjy white man in his new job at a lumber mill in a small Southern town. As the film progresses it moves. from the rich humor and tenderness of Duff and Josie's courtship to the grim drama of a man facing almost certain destitution and possible death because he insisted on being treated like a human. Roemer and Young's statement is simple and cornicing: It is not possible for most Negroes in the United States today to live in dignity.
Fine Performances Lovely Abbey Lincoln and Ivan Dixon are flawless as Josie and Duff. Equally superb is Julius Harris as Duff's drunken defeated father, the symbol of everything Duff does not want to become. The many small roles are perfectly cast always the sign of a good movie. "Nothing But a Man," and indepependent production which reportedly cost only $280,000 to make, is made with the art that conceals itself. It commands and holds attention with the immediacy of direct experience, so that discussion of style of camera work or the composition of individual frames is beside the point.
So total is the involvement with Duff and Josie that one can only conclude that these technical aspects must be excellent because one does not notice them. Completing the bill is a trite travelogue about Miami Beach that wouldn't be worth mentioning if it weren't being shown with "Nothing But a Man." It would be hard to come up with a more contrasting picture of America. Verging on unintentional satire, this paean to opulent JEW misfijsi "Nothing But a Man" is a minor masterpiece and one of the most important American movies in recent years. Warm and real, it is an unaffected love story with much the same appeal as "Marty." With neither the sentimentality of "Lillies of the Field" or the preachi-ness of "The Cool World" it also shows what it means to be a Negro in America today. Already the winner of two prizes at Venice, it is now at the Vagabond for one week only to qualify for Academy Award consideration.
In the Oscar sweepstakes it should be a strong contender in all ma-jor categories: acting, direction, photography, editing and sound. -It has the eloquence of James Baldwin's play "The Amen Corner" and deserves the same wide acclaim. Work of Art Perhaps the best picture about Negroes made since the upsurge of the civil rights movement, it sue1 ceeds as a damning portrait of social injustice because it is first of all a work of art. Director Michael Roemer, former film critic of The Reporter, and write photographer Robert Young realized that in depicting the timeless story of a nice young couple just starting out they did not need any obvious symbolism or added message to convey the evils of racial inequality. Like most men, Duff Anderson, the main character, learns to face up to the responsibilities of marriage.
But when he forsakes the freedom of an all-Negro railroad gang to marry Josie Dawson, a pretty preacher's daughter and schoolteacher, he must also deal with relentless humiliation by the I 1 I Mil VIlltIJtl II I il Vl ft I I I lMl)liTlIi1 (smss I mtiQ JOHN SMITH of TV has important role in "Circus World," which is showing at the Warner Hollywood. 'Blood Knot' Now on Stage "The Blood Knot," a new play by Atholl Fu-gard, South African playwright, has opened at the Theater of Being, formerly the Hollywood Center. The new offering is described as a poignant but humorous play based on the meaning of brotherhood. It has only two characters, half-brothers, one black and the other white, born of the same mother but different fathers, and their problems in present day South Africa. Rupert Crosse and Neil Robertson co-star.
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