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I The A o9nflrteflme9 and jTMX 1 TELEVISION 5 PARTY TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1980 RODERICK MANN 'Playing for Time': A Very Close Shave iff The outcry over the casting of Vanessa Redgrave as a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz in the CBS movie "Playing for Time" has died down. As outcries tend to do. And now advance reports suggest that, as we might have guessed, this talented actress has turned in a quite extraordinary performance. One who was riveted by this controversial actress' work is the beautiful Swedish ex-model Maud Adams, who looks anything but beautiful in ORIENTAL PAGEANTRY Members of the Bayanihan Dance Company from the Philippines danced at Ambassador Auditorium Sunday. Times photo by Mirths. Hirtnett Bayanihan Dance Company: Culture in Motion everywhere, and smoke. It was dreadfully depressing. "And because of all the controversy about Vanessa and the threats which had been made, there was quite extraordinary security. We had our own security force. And every member of the cast had to wear a special identity tag even to get back into the hotel. "Everyone found it a moving experience to work on that film. After some scenes you'd see the actors in tears; even those watching sometimes found it hard not to weep. "Vanessa was quite extraordinary. I loved working with her; she has a way of making everyone around her feel good. And her dedication is formidable. She had her head shaved every day, and at first she wanted the hairdresser to use an open razor to do it. He said that was much too dangerous; he might cut her head. 'I want she said. "It was bitterly cold, and raining a lot, and there was mud everywhere they'd taken up all the grass but Vanessa stood around with the rest of the extras, refusing special treatment. And often we would be working 14 hours a day to get finished. "People liked her but I noticed they avoided talking to her about politics. And they were right; it's hard to have a discussion with her. She doesn't want to listen. "Because she's been so friendly to me at the beginning, right in the middle of a rehearsal, she came over-and said, 'I'm so happy you're here' I was anxious to talk politics with her. "But then one day when we were both in makeup she began talking about Cambodia and after five minutes I'd only got two words in. I realized then that there was no way to have an ordinary discussion with her. Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 ill1 By LEWIS SEGAL The Bayanihan Dance Company is the Philippine equivalent of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico-a large, versatile company that tours with highly accessible programs based on native culture. The emphasis remains on theatrical color, variety and distance from the troubled, controversial present. The company made its U.S. debut just over 20 years ago and its eighth visit to this country included a performance at Ambassador Auditorium on Sunday. As usual, the program touched on the rich national influences contributing to Filipino iden-tity principally Europe and the Mid plateaus. Some of the dances for couples looked constricted compared to their Spanish models, but a final Castanet dance (the seven women wearing sumptuous black and white gowns a la Beardsley) combined speed and grace with unexpected seriousness. The current civil turmoil in the Philippines gave special poignance to a representation of an ancient peace pact between warring tribes. Moreover, this "Rites of Budong" suite had enormous energy and flair from the dramatic shift between wooden and metallic percussion accompaniment, to the differences between Bontoc, Tingian, Ifugao and Kalinga rites, to the malefemale dle East and also provided a sampling of indigenous tribal traditions. As on tours past, pairs of long bamboo poles were beaten together rhythmically on the floor while dancers stepped lightly over and between them, ignoring the bone-crushing potential of their accompaniment. Besides this familiar, repeated specialty, poles also served as oars in a depiction of early oceanic travel with a trio of dancers eventually borne aloft on them in an elaborate procession. The irresistible blend of Castilian dignity with Oriental delicacy could be glimpsed in the "Fin del Siglo" suite, which incorporated material from a number of Filipino social variations within a given dance. Bayanihan was unfailingly entertaining. Sunday but insight was in short supply. Only rarely were social contexts suggested, and the distinction between preserved ethnic resources and contemporary depictions of native life could only be guessed at. Changes of personnel and idiom occurred without evident cause and program notes were skimpy, even in the expensive souvenir booklet. All this might be remedied without making the result any less fun for those who don't care about such matters. For those who do care, the fun would be matched by increased understanding and appreciation. MAUD ADAMS a moving experience. "Playing for Time" in which she has a key role. She plays the part of a Belgian Jew whose fluency with languages lands her the role of interpreter for the Germans. As a privileged prisoner, she did not have to shave her head, as Redgrave did. But she still found the whole experience distinctly harrowing. "Very much so," she said when we talked. "We filmed it at an old prisoner-of-war camp in Pennsylvania, which had been converted to look exactly like Auschwitz. There was mud ROBERT HILBURN Two Rock Albums Open the Year T-Shirt Maker Sues Bootleg Competitors the new wave's answer to the Beach Boys. THE PRETENDERS: Chrissie Hynde isn't an especially gifted singer or writer, but she's got star quality. Influenced both by the psycho-rock of Lou Reed and the steaminess of raw the Akron, Ohio, native has been on the rock trail since her mid-teens. She moved freely between the United States, England and France in recent years, trying to find her niche in the music. She was even a rock critic for a brief time. Hynde went through numerous bands, including one with Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, before settling into the Pretenders a year ago in England with bassist Pete Farndon, guitarist-keyboardist James Honey-man Scott and bassist Martin The 1980s begin-musically today. This time of year is usually pretty barren in the record business. Labels and retailers normally are so worn out after the holiday season sales rush that they need a few weeks to regroup. But forget about that lull this year. Thanks to two Sire albums that should be in the stores today, 1980 is off to a fast start. The Pretenders and the Undertones aren't names that mean much yet-to most American rock fans, but the two bands have been hot items in the new-wave underground ever since their first singles were released early last year in England. Of the two debut LPs, the Pretenders' collection offers the most accessible and initially intriguing style: a seductive mixture of Lou Reed-in spired psychological exploration (with lots of emphasis on the libido) and the kind of enticing female lead vocals that should even catch producer Phil Spector's ear. But the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde doesn't sing with the wistfulness that Spector tempted us with a decade ago in records like the Ronettes' "Be My Baby." Times have changed and Hynde is no pushover. A modern woman, she demands as much as she yearns. The Undertones is a quintet from Northern Ireland that has toured with the punk-rock Clash and plays in the Ramones' tradition of high-speed rock assault. Though its noisy, buzz-saw approach may offset conservative listeners, the band's good-hearted salutes to teen life style should win it a lot of support in this country. Its "Here Comes Summer" could even be "Stop Your Sobbing," the first Pretenders single, was a Top 30 hit in England and a critical favorite in this country. Produced by Nick Lowe, the dazzling remake of an old Kinks song brought a dramatic tension to the tune that was only hinted at in the original version a decade ago. Backed by an urgent, yet celebrative instrumentation, Hynde sang with the power and evocativeness to make the single one of 1979's supreme pop moments. Yet the flipside of the single was even more convincing because it used an original Pretenders song. Written by Hynde and Farndon, "The Wait" cloaked a familiar rock theme youthful frustration in modern, new-wave garb. The band's promise was extended in two subsequent singles, including the sensual Please Turn to Page 7, Col. 1 Winterland Productions, one of the nation's leading merchandisers of rock T-shirts, is waging a concerted campaign against bootleg competitors. A spokesman for the firm said Monday by phone from San Francisco that Winterland has filed a lawsuit in New York against alleged vendors of unlicensed T-shirts and other merchandise, and is prepared to file additional suits in other cities. "We will continue to pursue the litigation," said Winterland president Dell Furano. "They know they're in for a battle. We're trying to get a complete accounting on the quantity of shirts they've sold over the years, and we're asking for the amount of the profits. It can cost us as much as $20,000 a night when they set up at a concert." Furano estimates that annual bootleg sales amount to $20 million nationwide. Bootleg T-shirts are sold without consent of the artists they picture. The New York suit, which goes to trial this month, was initiated in association with Leber-Krebs management company, and was joined by such artists as Aerosmith, Steve Martin, the Doobie Brothers, Ted Nugent, the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart. The campaign was begun after last spring's California World Music Festival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. More than 300 bootleg vendors reportedly sold more than in shirts alone at the two-day event, Winterland maintains. -RICHARD CROMELIN THERE'S NOTHING BEING THERE THE EVIDENCE! "AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" rv mash; hospital: hetwork:" "An ibsoluttly nmtrfcsbli dilight. Pitir Sallirs, providing thi hurt and soul ol this UA CINEMA CENTER WESTWOD DAILY: 1:20. 3:30, 5:40, 7:50. 10:00 j5IARTRK3 THE MOTION PICTURS ATTENTION ACADEMY MIMOtM: Your con) odmiB you ond aull to ony pttomync. "BITING, FUNNY, PASSIONATE, HUMOROUS, ROMANTIC, IMMENSELY ENTERTAINING." TELLS YOU TO STAY OUT Of DO NT THROW AWAY YOUR TRAFFIC TICKETS'." 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