Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 94
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May 19, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 94

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AMUSEMENTS VIRGINIAN 705 Le2 SIreel'343-1125 I HTH SEE AT 2:15 WKK! 4:45,7:30,9:45 | QACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS | BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR · BEST ACTRESS · BEST DIRECTOR WILUAM PETER BLATTY'S THE EXORCIST WEEKDAY FEATURES AT r, 7:30,9:45 - 1 ;00-3tOO-5;OO-7;OQ-9; 15 Mel Brooks' / 3u 3676 i Plaza East from the people who gave you "The Jazz Singer" 1|30-3:30-5:30-7:30-9:30 - "BLACK BELT" STARTS 7:33 PM 'SACRED KNIVES" STARTS 9:05 PM HE CLOBBERS THE M.OB The Sacred sKnivesof o Vengeance 21ST RECORD WEEK TIMES 2:30-4:50 DAYS WINNER 7 ACADEMY AWARDS KU..IK BEST PICTURE · BEST DIRECTOR ... all it takes is a little Confidence PAUL /ROBERT mWMAN/REDFORD ROBERT SHAW A GEORGE ROY HILL FILM "THE STING" DAVIDS. WARD GEORGE ROY HILL TONY BILL MICHAEi «! JULIA PHILLIPS TECHNICOlORS A UNIVERSAL RCTuW JGi 7TH GREAT WEEK ON? PERFORMANCE ONLY 8:00 PM ROB6RT and R6DFORD FRRROUJ 8§EflT Gffl76V ,PG-S2- [MtKlll'uulOlliCt'«unAIU 0« MJJJUMUH MCMfli Scone from "Badlands/" nt'xl ul the! jnemn Soulli. Esther Rolle plays comedy straight Ey Jerry Buck LOS ANGELES - UP) "People who play for comedy bore me." That seems an odd statement from Esther Rolle, star of the hit comedy series "Good Times." But she explains: "I don't like comedy with neon signs flashing, 'This is comedy, you must laugh.' I've never been able to appreciate it. "I guess I'm too much of a realist. It doesn't tickle my funny bone. That's a great art form, but it's not my taste for doing or watching.' It is not that Miss Rolle has anything against comedy. On the stage, she has been in such comedies as "Day of Absence" and "Happy Ending." "I thought I was the great heavy," she said. "People told me I was funny, but I thought of myself as a very serious actress. I played it for all I was worth, but I guess that's what brought the comedy out. "I still don't approach my work as a comedian. I approach it as very real, and if there's comedy in it I hope it comes out of the sincerity. I play the truth of the line, and if the line is funny it will come out.' "Good Times" is about a black family that's down but not out. The comedy comes from their refusal to be put down by poverty, unemployment, rejection or prejudice. "We may be poor, but we're not losers," she says. "If you've got love you're a w i n n e r . And we've got love." "Good Times" is, of course, a s p i n o f f f r o m "Maude," where Miss Rolle played the housekeeper, Florida Evans. And "Maude" was spun off from "All in the Family." The cycle was from bigot to liberal to black. The suspense is to see what show will spin off from "Good Times." In the show, Florida lives in Chicago with her three children and her usually unemployed husband, played by John Amos. In private life, Miss Rolle has no children and is separated from . her husband. "I think it's very much of the reality of ghetto life," she said. "I have quarrels with a few things. Usually, we can straighten them out. Since this is supposed to be a comdey, some people said, 'How can you talk about such depressing things and hope to make people laugh?" "I tried to explain that poor people have more laughs than rich people -- by necessity. "When you're poor you don't cry all day long. In fact you don't have time for.it. Some people wondered why talk about a family that's poor in such an a f f l u e n t country. I said we'd find more sympathetic ears for such a show than 10 years ag°- "The energy crisis showed a lot of white middle-class people what it's like when you want to work and can't find a job." In the show the oldest son, played by Jimmie Walker, is portrayed as light-fingered. Miss Rolle said, "We get letters .saying how dare you have a show with a boy stealing. One thing the father and I continually stress on the show is honesty. Even if he 'finds' something." Miss Rolle was born not in a big city but in Pompano Beach, Fla. She was brought up on a farm with her 17 brothers and sisters. After graduating from high school in Miami, Miss Rolle set out to be a writer and enrolled in classes in New York City. When she performed with a fellow student in an original dramatic sketch, a professor suggest- Cont. on 20S VALLEY DRIVE-IN ST. ALBANS NOW SHOWING The Friends Of Eddie Coyte" [g Color bv TECHNICOLOR® A Paramount Pclure ·$; Robert Mitchum --CO-FEATURE-- NOW SHOWING X-RATED-ADULTS ONLY Union Projectioninsts SWIM mm IMIED... AND THEY TOOK EVERY THING SHE WO! g EXPLOITS OF EDDIE EEAM. NEXT THURS.-FRI.'SAT. "PLAY IT AGAIN SAM" "LAST RED HOT LOVERS" "STAR SPANGLED GIRL" NlMUYWOOB \JJJCINEMA / 1008QuarrierSt 346-0041 RATED ADULT ACTION FILMS 21 and over DOUBLE FEATURE PROGRAM Show Changes Each Wednesday 1UM thru I I 00PM COUNTRY HOOKER it.imm: RENE BOND · SANDY DEMPSE^i Executive Producer NICK HOLLAND Music by RICK CLARK DAVE-MORRIS Dm, lea by LOU GWINN A BOXOFFICEiPICTURES RELEASE ADMISSION RESTRICTED COLOR BY MOVIELAB ALSO SHOWING "THE DIRTY MIND OF YOUNG SALLY" I DO! I DO! /8s , CHARLES TON; W.- VA, ·'··· ·1US \^um\.ijiM i\si.i', Vr.'Vrl. 1 "Enjoyable, warm, and imaginative." CHARLESTON HUNTINGTON 755-3811 736-8904 Doors open 6 P.M. Tues. thru Sat. 4 P.M. Sun. · closed Mon. SOUTH OFF 1-64 (EXJT 9).| M?v, 19.

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