Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 203
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 203

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
Page 203
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by LLOYD SHEARER ·nUHNCERBW BECAUSE OF VOLUME OF MAIL RECEIVED. PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES ABOUT THIS COLUMN. For 10 years director Vineente Minnelli has wanted to . make a film with his talented daughter, Liza. A few months ago he quietly finished a f5 million production in Rome. Title: "A Matter of Time." Cast: liza Minnelli, Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer. The motion picture, cased on the novel "Film of Memory" by former French Minister of Culture Maurice Druon, deals with a simple Italian village girl (Liza Minnelli} who works as a chambermaid ' in a third-class Home hotel. There she meets an old, impoverished countess (Ingrid Bergman) whose companionship was once sought after by the crowned heads of Europe. The countess is visited from time to time by a former husband (Charles Boyer}. The old lady reminisces about her colorful past to the young chambermaid., who fantasizes that she herself has lived the exciting chapters of the countess' life. Gradually she undergoes a metamorphosis that transforms her into a smart, sophisticated young woman who is offered a film contract. "liza," says her father, "is absolutely magnificent in this picture. And as for Ingrid Bergman -- Ingrid first read the book when it was published in Paris in 1954. She knew the author and made him promise that if the book was ever made into a film, he would recommend her for the part of the contessa. "As a matter of fact, the contessa was our major problem. In the book she remains the main character, and the maid is com- LIZA MINNELLI BEING DIRECTED BY HER FATHER, VINCENTE MINNELLI pletely subsidiary. But since today's movie audiences consist primarily of young people," explains Minnelli,'"I had Liza reliving the old lady's past so that she becomes the .star of the piece. "As for Boyer," Minnelli continues, "Charles has played opposite Ingrid twice before, in 'Gaslight' and 'Arch of Triumph.' They are veteran troupers and, as always, superb." Whether "A Matter of Time" turns out to be superb is of course the key question. We should know by October. Liza Minnelli says of her father, "All I can tell you is that he's a great, big, authentic talent. This was our first picture together, and I was so happy working with him that I gave him' a brand-new swimming pool as a gift. If the picture turns out lousy, I'll dig it up and take it back." CMKLES BOYER AND NttM BERGMAN AT line LAST After 30 years of stationing troops in West .Germany, the U.S. Army has finally begun to teach its soldiers German. It is the pet project of Gen. George S. Blanchard, once an outstanding West Point fullback. Beginning July 2, all new batallion, brigade and division commanders will take 120 hours of German before they assume their positions in Germany. · "A knowledge of German," Blanchard explains, "is essential in attaining better private and professional relations between . Germans and Americans. It is also extremely useful for the combined operations of American and German units-- Moreover, I've never seen an unhappy GI in Germany who had found and made a good German friend. What better way to make a friend than to speak the same language?" Blanchard believes that because of changing times, the devaluation of--the dollar, and other influences, too many GI's in Germany have been isolating themselves by remaining on U.S. bases. He wants them to get out and mingle with the German population. He realizes, too, that in the past 30 years the German people have changed markedly and now expect more of the Americans living among least a minimal knowledge of the host language. Washington, BLACK CAPITAL D.C., with its 71% black population, has now become the city with the highest concentration of black residents outside of continental Africa.

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