Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 3, 1972 · Page 61
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 61

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 3, 1972
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'Portnoy's Complaint' disastrous movie Bv es F. Dent ' · P O R T N O Y ' S COMPLAINT," Richard Benjamin. Karen Black. Virginian. * There was some loose talk after "Myra Breckinridge" about how the movies had plumbed the depths of tastelessness. It appears however that something was stuck even further down in the plumbing. Now it's surfaced nu/ryo U W tNO ^-I WALNUT GROVE THEATRE! (DRIVE IN THEATRE) »'°"""-«'-| Route 35 Winfield OOWtf MIDTOWN FEATURES 2:15 6:05 4:15 7:50 9:25 tk«iBr20'"CENTURY- FOX FILMS COLOR BY DELUXE" _ ALSO AT WAIHUT MOVE NIVHH J some book some move. Complaint PANAVfilON» TrCH ^·OM WAPNCP BROS, A WW?« COMMUNICATIONS COtvWJV fil TRAIL BELLE. W VA CATIS OMN AT740PM ANLTSOMT ELKVIEW «· SPECIAL ·- TWO PERFORMANCES TONIGHT 1ST SHOWING "GODFATHER" STARTS AT g:15 2ND SHOWING "GODFATHER" STARTS AT 11:3O Piooucro or omtCTlDar SC«INW.»VBY and here it is--"Portnoy's Complaint." A d a p t e d from Philip Roth's best selling novel, which wasn't filmable in the first place, "Portnoy's Complaint" should be rated "D" for "Disgusting." .As it happens, it has an "R" rating. It escaped nn "X" apparently because there's no nudity. Oh, the camera does catch a coup'e of quick glimpses of the uncVihed form hut the lens: is hastily averted. To inn!:e up fur that, though, the sound track hovers long and lovingly over each syllable of just about every sexual End scalalogi- cal obscenity you csn think of. In other words, (he char- .'iclers Uilk djrly. This may give you some amusement i'f you sre an adolescent who is just learning the words. Even the profanity is joy- less. It's like Mark Twain said about women cussing: "They know the words but they haven't mastered the music." With a poor script, the actors in "Portnoy's Complaint" don't have much of anywhere to go. Richard Benjamin plays his usual role of sensitive Jewish young man on the make. If Benjamin plays this part in one more movie he gels to keep it. Lee Grant plays a Jewish mother with a vengeance. As Mrs. Portnoy, she is a terror. H a d a s s a h should throw up picket lines around Hie (heater immediately 'As a matter cf f a c t , ' t h e Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith possibly should take action against this movie as the most anli-Sem- Question Box Q.--I remember a movie I saw when I was a kid in which Ethel Waters played a maid in a household where a little girl and a small b«v were always playing in the kitchen. I think (he story was set in the deep South, and it was so good. Please tell me the title so that I can look for it fa the TV listings.--F. B., Wayne, Pa. A.--You're thinking of "Member of the Wedding," based on ihe award winning Broadway play by Carson M c C u 11 e r s. Julie Harris played the tomboy who was at the brink of adolescence, and her young cousin with the spectacles was played by Brandon de Wilde. A sad footnote is that Brandon de Wilde was killed in an auto accident a few weeks back. OWLS CLUB * Serving the finest Ounlity STEAKS, CHOPS cud SEA FOOD, for your Dining Pleasure. * Gracious Dining in an Atmosphere oi Elegance. * Warm, Friendly and Courteous Service. Dinner Served Doily Sunday T from 5 p.m. ; ^^... Lounge Open Daily from 11:00 A.M. CAPITOL ST. Phone 343-0055 ' 2«L«"SOUTH tSACADEMY __ AWARDS READER'S DIGEST-MOVIE,, OFTHEYEAfe £.· Education *" · ' ' -' 1 m - . BELL RIHGER AWARD For OutstanBiffg rSipre-Scijolastic Magazine on (he screen 2 KILLER DOGS ARE OUT TO-- OPEN 7:30-SHOW I P.M. MATINEE SUN. 1:30* 5 P.M ADMISSION 41.7S itic film since Joseph Go«b- bels stopped overseeing the making of movies in Germany in 1945.) The best actress in the film is Karen Black who plays the part of "The Monkey." Portnoy's oversexed girl friend from the hills of West Virginia. It is to be hoped that Miss Black will get better parts in better movies and that this one won't be held against her. ROBINSON THEATER 1008Quarr«rSt 346-0041 iForrnerly Cuit*r Theotre) 305 W. Wcsh.Sr. P h . j 4 2 . Q 4 3 8 f fa luring Only Family T y p e Mo vie i NOW SHOWING TH r » s r ^ George C. Scoft THE HOSPITAL r,,. by Paddy Choythty Plus: Seltcted Short Subject 1*0 SHOWS HICHTII n S U I O P t l THIH SHOWS S«T.iSU«. Stnlnl:l:ISr.( ; !ip» J O O f K SHOW STARTS AT DUSK VALLEY DRIVE-IN ST. ALBANS NOW SHOWING A patriotic, chaotic comedy. A HOWARD W. KOCH P.-^,-!- STftR SPANGLED RATED ADULT ACTION FILMS 21. and over DOUBLE FEATURE PROGRAM Show Changes Each Wednesday · 11 *M.Uiru 11:00 PM Use Want Ads. Dial 348-4848 CAPITOL NOW SHOWING 2:00 3:30-5:00-t:30-S:00-9:30 Nannie Caulder The first lady gunfighter "Hannie (wilder" « TIGON BRIIISH/CURTWEI MOIJUC1IOH cm VISION- . IN COLO* SHOW TIME, SEPTEMBER 3, 1972 THE CUIPEPPER CATTLE CO. 2OTH CENTURY-FOX COLOR BY DE LUXE* THRU FRI. SAT. I. ··!·» Wi.ti(t) TELLA STEVENS RIP TORN NOW SHOWING UST 3 D » Y S FEATURE TIMES 8:00-9:30 --X RATED-ADULTS ONLY li. ·;£» FEATURE TIMES 7:15-9:15 Now you can see "Hie Graduate" again or for the first time. OfMlZAC COLOR ACADEMY AWARD WINNER BEST DIRECTOR-MIKE NICHOLS THEGRADUATE CHARLESTON, W.VA.

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