Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 107
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July 23, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 107

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Mostel to star in 'Rhinoceros 9 If a couple of rats like "Willard" and "Ben" can make a kiD'ing at the box office, what's to stop a respectable "Rhinoceros" from following suit? Nothing at all, and that's why American Film Theater--a joint venture of Columbia Pictures, the American Express Company and the Ely Landau organization--has purchased Eugene lonesco's irreverent comedy that was a triumph of the 1961 Broadway season. And .adding good news to good news, they have signed Zero Mostel to re-create his brilliant stage performance and Tom O'Horgan to direct, with shooting to begin in October. American Film Theater is something new under the cinematic sun: a Movie-of- the-Month Club teat will make brand new adaptions of stage works available to its subscribers each month. The plan is for a film to play an initial engagement of two days in at least 500 theaters around the country, with the choice seats going to subscribers. The remaining seats will be sold on a first-come-first served basis. SNOW STARTS AT DUSK VALLEY DRIVE-IN ST. ALBANS NOW SHOWING WALT DISNEY'S ^LRNSBURV "BEDKNOBS 1 : AND "BROOMSTICKS TECHNICOLOR 2ND IK FEATURE Mm Undefeated ~-THURS.-FRI.-SAT. 1. "ANDERSON TAPIS" 2. "IASTREIEL" 3. "CISCO PIKE" Poems Inspired ""* (Continued From Page 10s) was worse for the state than the disaster. Perhaps the most poignant lines are McClister's closing ones: "What will we tell the children, When we're finished with the next of kin? How many Buffalo Creeks are risin!? When Question Box Q.--A few weeks ago, there was a movie on TV called "Matchless," and the TV listings said that the lead was played by an actor named Patrick O'Neal but I swear It was James Coburn in the part._Did the listings m a k e a mistake?--Mrs. H.V., Schenectady, .NY. A.--No mistake . . . Patrick O'Neal was the lead in the film. However, O'Neal and Coburn are similar types and they could probably be cast in each other's roles. will it happen again?" If somehow you could take the powerful, wordy-wise voice of John Rocker and have it sing Mike McClister's song, you'd have a hjt on your hands. A powerful song and a powerful man's voice, with a message to bring. It would be hard to forget a combination like that. . . MUSICAL NOTES: Most downtown music stores and more than 20 Heck's outlets will be marketing Daugherty's record. As an extra treat, the song on the flip side "The Hole That Holds The Bones" was written by singer John Rocker and is a plea for brotherhood well worth hearing. They are worth a listen for the value -of Rocker alone.-...-. ARTHUR HILL · DAVID WAYNE THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN KAYTON Ph. 442-9600 Montgomery TRAIL Karen Black and Richard Benjamin star in "Porlnoy's Complaint" next at the Virginian. WALNUT GROVE ( D R I V E IN T H E A T R E ) R o u t e 3 5 W m f i H d ADMISSION ADU COLOR The WILD WEST .was · lot WILDER than most people know - and a FISTFULL OF 44's shows it EXACTLY as it was -- NO punches pulled. A FISTFULL OF 2nd Feature 'KID FROM CHICAGO" John Alderman WENS Midtown THEATRE ACADEMYAWARD WINNER! Best Art Direction · Best Costume Design * WM SPIEGEL FflWIKUNJSCHAFFKER PRODUCTION Nicholas . *" and Alexandra Features: 2:10 5:15 8:15 *HOfil20N fi'M 'rom COLUMBIA PICTURES Screwpli; ky JAMtS OILMAN · l»mi,d k fRA.Skl.INJ.SUIAFfMH · tr«iaai». StM SPIE'iEI. [JBPJ 'Nicholas' stars dwarfed by spectacular backgrounds By James F. Dent "NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA," Michael Jayson, Janet Suzman. Owens Midtown. I suppose there must be an Olympian rule among whatever gods oversee the making of movies that a director is entitled, in his career to only one "Pallon." Most directors don't get even one like that. Franklin J. Shaffner was the director of "Patton." He also was the director of "Nicholas and Alexandra." But, alas, "Nicholas and Alexandra" is not another "Patton." Shaffner has used some of the same devices in both movies. As he did in "Patton." he has placed his human figures in front of a huge bcckdrop--in this case the court of Imperial Russia and the Russian Revolution. But in "Patton," Shaffner had the services of George C. Scott whose portrayal towered over everything. In "Nicholas and Alexandra" there is no such dominant figure. As a result the actors tend to fade into the spectacular, stunning, backgrounds. For, as sheer spectacle, "Nicholas and Alexandra" can't be faulted. It is only when the movie turns to the humans involved that it is less than successful. As the Czar and the Czarina, Michael Jayson and Janet Suzman turn in good, if muted, performances. The actor who plays Rasputin was excellent and I'm sorry he wasn't around more often to enliven some rather dull stretches. The movie lasts nearly three hours and there are moments when you can feel every minute of them SHOW TIME, JULY 23, 1972 Jfef? fetC pressing into your bottom. In dealing with historical personages, there is a lamentable tendency at times to ennoble them beyond truth and to make every word they say sound as if it ought to be chiseled in stone. This happens in this case to Kerensky. Kerensky, you will recall, was the Socialist who ruled Russia for a brief period between the end of the monarchy and the coming to power of Lenin. John McEnery plays Kerensky as if there ought to be a larger than life statue of him unveiled in every public square tomorrow morning. Lenin is there loo. Also Trotsky and Stalin. And there are some excellent and well known actors scattered throughout the huge cast who play what essentially are cameo roles. Sir Laurence Olivier, for example, portrays Witte, the prime minister. And Jack Hawkins, hiding behind a moustache that looks like a hedge gone wild, is Nicholas's chief attendant. Michael Redgrave is another minister and Harry Andrews is one of the Czar's uncles. Overall, what Shaffner wanted to show is the torture and despair of a couple of small people caught up in a great cataclysm--and never even realizing the greater calamity, because of their own personal despair, until the final moment when huddled in a bare cellar in a house in Ekaterinburg, their executioners burst in on them and began firing. GATES OPEN AT 8:00 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT 'BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS' BELLE, W VA ELKVIEW ELK VIEW, W VA ni 11111111111 JOHN WAYNE IN 'THE UNDEFEATED' Turner's Record Shop Birthday Sale and Grand Opening of our New ST. ALBANS STORE 54 Main St. Ph. 727- 11 00 m 8 TRACK TAPE REEL TO REEL r (100 OFF HTTHE U pm CE SECOND AT rnivL 88 RECORD SHOP 1001 QUARRIERST. Open Mon. Fri. Til 9 P.M. m CHARLESTON, W. VA.

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