The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on August 26, 1977 · 94
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 94

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Friday, August 26, 1977
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M0V1K REVIEW 'Suspiria': Highly Stylized Horror BY KEVIN THOMAS Tlmtj Staff Wriftr "Suspiria" (citywide) is best left to diehard horror fans and also to film buffs intrigued by the undeniable if uneven cinematic flair of Italian writer-director Dario Ar-gento, best known for the highly effective "Bird With the Crystal Plumage." In this new film the Grand Guignol effects Argcnto likes to indulge in are fairly obviously fake, so it lends to be more grisly than it is scary. Nevertheless, it's definitely not for youngsters or the easily upset. Jessica Harper, who costarred in "The Phantom of the Paradise" and "Inserts' is cast as an American girl who enrolls in a renowned dance academy in Freiburg, West Germany. She arrives at night in the midst of a heavy. 'SUSPIRIA' A 20th Century-Fox release ol an International Classics presentation of a Salvatore Argento production produced by Claudlo Argento for SEDA Spet-tacoll S P A. (Roma). Writer-director Darlo Argento. Camera Luciano Tovoll. Music by 'The Goblins" with the collaboration of Darlo Argento. Featuring Jessica Harper, Stefania Caslnl, Allda Valll, Joan Bennett, Flavlo Buccl, Miguel Bose, Barbara Magnolfl, Susanna Javlcoll, Exva Axen, Rudolf Schundler, Udo Kier. Running time: I hr. 33 mln. MPA A-rated: R (persons under 17 must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian). downpour just as a terrified young woman runs out the front entrance of the academy's immense blood-red Byzantine-style building. Both the runaway and a friend nearby who gives her refuge are soon murdered in gruesome fashion. Meanwhile, Miss Harper joins the academy, presided over by a gracious, regal Joan Bennett and her key assistant Alida Valli, a strict, blunt dancing teacher in mannish attire. Awful things, of course, are in store for Miss Harper as she begins probing into the increasingly eerie goings-on at the academy. After his impressive debut with "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage," Argento, a former film critic, began to neglect plot and characterization for bravura stylistic flourishes and morbid shock effects. This time out he has been able to project so vividly a scary fantasy world that he forestalls questions as to why Miss Harper and the other girls stay on in such a macabre atmosphere. "Suspiria" J iipii L a i) 111 V3 7 -s. A Jessica Harper Joan Bennett is a stylized nightmare and proceeds by its own logic; it exists quite apart from everyday reality. Although marred by stilted, poorly dubbed English dialogue that invites occasional derisive laughter, "Suspiria" is an intense, almost abstract visual and aural experience, with Argento's striking imagery counterpointed by a score incorporating weird, wailing voices. The settings for "Suspiria," its key element, are spectacularly bizarre Art Nouveau-cum-Deco. The academy has a vast circular lobby hung with crushed royal blue velvet and elaborate sconces, and there's an enormous agoraphobia-inducing swimming pool worthy of San Simeon. Argento has been more spine-tingling in the past than he is here and, as always, overdoes graphic gore. However, "Suspiria" is consistently suspenseful and diverting. Still, it's strictly for aficionados. Sherwood Oaks College Opens Three -Day Music Conference Sherwood Oaks Experimental College opens its first Music Conference today, continuing through Sunday. Sessions will cover various aspects of the music field, including producing, songwriting, performing, engineering, practical aspects of music (centering on management and representation), demos and music publishing. Participants will include Phil Spector, Allan Carr, Neville Johnson, Ben Bernstein, Verdine White (of Earth, Wind and Fire), Jeff Barry and Keith Carradine. Information: 465-2005. u NIVERSAL STUDIOS TOUR AN MCA COMPANY OPEN 800 AM-LAST TOUR BOO PM "IT'S ALL IN GESTE." -Ruth Batchelor, LA. FREE PRESS ...BRASH AND WITTY... A DANDY CAST... THE BEST NEW LAUGHTER IN TOWN." -Judith Crist, NEW YORK POST A MANIC MIXTURE OF SATIRE, SLAPSTICK AND SPOOFS OF ALL SORTS." -Gene Shalit, NBC-TV MARTI FELDMAN ANN-MARQRET MICHAEL lORK PETER UST1NOU and JAMES EARL JONES "THE LAST REMAKE OF BEAU QESTE" also siamnq TREUOR HOWARD HENRI QIBSON TERRl-THOMAS Screenplay by MARTI FELDMAN & CHRIS ALLEN Story by MARTI FELDMAN & SAM BOBR1CK Music by JOHN MORRIS Directed by MARTI FELDMAN Produced by WILLIAM S.Q1LMORE Executive Producers HOWARD WEST and QEORQE SHAPIRO A UN1UERSAL PICTURE TECHNICOLOR PG PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED SOME MTlt M N0I IE SUITUK HM ME IEENUEIS TSTODAY al These SelededEf MANN THEATRES VOGUE-Hollywood 462-6621 WESTWOOD nl-Westwood 473-7664 AMERICAN MULTI CINEMA PUENTE 6-Puente Hills 965-5867 PACIFIC THEATRE PACIFIC DRIVE-INS LA MIRADA 1-La Mirada FIESTA 4-Pio Rivera 692-7581 714994-2400 EDWAROS-Arcadia 447-8179 GENERAL CINEMA THEATRE WINNETKA 1 -ChatSWOrttl SOUTH BAY CINEMA 3- 349-6806 Redondo Beach 542-4361 AMERICANA CINEMA 6- HASTINGS-Pasadena 796-7111 Panorama City 893-6441 CINEMA CENTER 4-Northridge 993-1711 lotf 3nttflf JLimtt Fri., August 26. 1977 Pt IV 23 A WALLOP OF A MUSICAL DRAMA. Stunning performances by De Niro and Minnelli. That's entertainment."-Gene siaf. nbc-tv ' iff vy , . - LIZA MINNELLI ROBERT DE NIRO NNNEWYORK,NEWYORK" A KOIil'.KT CI IAUTOFF - IKWIN WINKI.KK Producer, A MARTIN SCOKSI .. SI . Film LIZA MINNELLI -ROBERT DE NIRO , "NEW YORK, NEW YORK" Sciwnplay ,y F.ARI. MAC RAUCH and MARDIK MARTIN Story by EARL MAC RAUC'I I Directed by MARTIN SCORSF-SF. Produced by IRWIN WINKLER and ROBI.R T CHAR TOFF Original Songs by JOI IN KANDER and I RED EBB Musical Supervisor and Conductor-RALPH BURNS Production Designed by Boris I .even Director ol Photography I -aslo A s c oniGiNAioridwpcTuBr score ai bum and tape avahabu on'uwitcd artists"! f nrx6nos (JP UflltBtJ AltlStS Hffll A Tfansamenca Company FG MRENTAl GUIDANCE SUGGESTED HELD OVER! 2nd ENTERTAINING WEEK WESTW00D. UA Cinema Centir 475-9441 DAILY - 1:40 - 4:20 - 7:00 - 9:40 ALHAMBRA. Gold Cinatni 289-3861 BEVERLY HILLS. Wilshire 653 0863 BREA. Mann's Brea Plaza 529-5339 COSTA MESA. Bristol 540-7444 ELTORO. Saddleback 581-5880 HUNTINGTON BEACH. Warner Drive-In 847-3591 HAWTHORNE PLAZA. Hawthorne 644-8669 HOLLYWOOD. Vine 463-6819 LA MIRADA. La Mirada 994-2400 LAKEWOOD. Lakewood Center 531-9580 MARINA OEL REY. UA Cinema 822-2980 NO PASSES ACCEPTED DURING THIS ENGAGEMENT NO. HOLLYWOOD. UA Movies 766-4317 TORRANCE. UA Del Amo 542-7383 WESTMINSTER. Cinema West 892-4493 SANTA BARBARA. Stale 966-4544 SEAL BEACH. Rossmoor 430 0419 ANAHEIM. Brookhursl-Loge 772-6446 OOWNEY. Showcase Cinema 862-1121 EAGLE ROCK. Eagle Rock Plaza 254-9101 LAGUNA. South Coast 494-1514 ORANGE. Cinedome 634 2553 PANORAMA CITY. Americana 893-6441 PASADENA. Esquire 684-1774 REDONDO BEACH. Marina 372-1109 N0RTHRI0GE. Cinema Center 993 1711 RIVERSIDE. De Anza 686-6900 SAN BERNARDINO. Family Twin 862-1550 SANTA MONICA. Monica 451-8686 TARZANA. Thee Movies 996-1300 WEST LOS ANGELES. Palms 837-1277 INIVERSAL STUDIOS TOUR Fan MCA company - open boo am -last tour 600 pm "For sheer, PG rated adult film, you can't beat I Burt Reynolds in 'Smokey And The Bandit'.". Rona Barrett, Good Morning, America ilk, 1 "What s have here is "LoJ a total lack w - TBW of respect for i ' " ! " ' Burt Reynolds "Smokey AND THE Bandit" Sally Field Jerry Reed and Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T Justice I Screenplay by JAMES LEE BARRETT and CHARLES SHYER & ALAN MANDEL Story by HAL NEEDHAM & ROBERT L. LEVY Music by BILL JUSTIS and JERRY REED Directed by HAL NEEDHAM Produced by M0RT ENGELBERG- Executive Produce, robert l levy A RASTAR Production A UNIVERSAL Picture Technicolor npcTPARENTAL guidance su66este6-s21 .-- 'HH; V., HQT H iuiTIM IQ W 1n Original sound Irack available exclusively on MCA Recoids & Tapes NOW PUMNG EVERYWHERE! AMERICAN MULTI CINEMAS AMERICAN MULTI CINEMA UNITEO ARTI8T9 THEATRES HAWTHORNE 2-Hawthorne ORANGE MALL 2 Orange U.A. DEL AMO tf 1-Torrance 644-8669 714637-0340 542-7383 Kimmtau jri-nosemeaa edwards cinemas U.A. MOVIES C2-NO. Hnllvwnnd 573-9480 EL REY-Alhambra 282-8404 PUENTE 1-Puente Hills 965-5867 CINEMA CENTER 1-Costa Mesa 714979-4141 UNITED ARTISTS THEATRE U.A. CINEMA sr3-Westminster Mall 714893-0546 SRO ORIVE-IN U.A. CINEMA e4 -Marina Del Rey 766-4317 C0VINA Jt2--Covina 331-6580 METROPOLITAN THEATRE 822-2980 LARWIN Ol-Simi 805 526-6357 LIBERTY a2- Sell 773-6661 THEEE MOVIES 1-Tarzana LA MAR r2-Manhattan Beach STADIUM Drlve-ln-Orange PEPPERTREE 1-Northrldge 996-1300 372-8500 714 639-8770 ssj-iku EASTLAND 1-West Covina 339-7333

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