Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 115
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 115

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 24, 1975
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- » . * « * r '"-Mv'ji'l-jJiaJW** '· r-.:::v"""-- r .....- ; ,..._.....,.,,,.. --. . ~ . ; Schell turning cool shoulder to stage bids By William Glover NEW YORK UR - "I think my rich days as an actor are rather past," says Maximilian Schell, a star for 20 years on the international drama scene. "To do just another personality is boring," he dismisses recurrent bids to Broadway where he last appeared six years ago. Besides performing, Schell directs, writes, produces, and often meditates .upon artistic purpose. Recently he has noted "a shift somehow in my talents and my own wish to express myself." Imminent outlets for such re- channeled impetus are a pair of staging firsts in Switzerland and England. In October he oversees "La Traviata" for the premiere of Basel's new opera house. After that comes "Tales From the Vienna Woods," his initial stint for Britain's National Theater in London. In between he does a film of the same drama in his native Austria. The most famous member of a fiercely competitive theatrical family, Schell asserts "most interest in doing a view of life. I have so many pictures in my head, which 1 would like to realize as a director, that I think that will be the future more than acting." In past conversations, the 44-year-old craftsman's dominant ambition was to be a playwright. This Week at Sunrise Charleston's center of arts and education is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 2 to 5 p.m., closed Monday. Art Gallery Gallery Instructors and Students Exhibition. Children's Museum Life on the Shore, Ancient Greece, Galaxy Room, Live Animals and Fish, Hall Features, Stamp Club, Hapgood Doll House, Antique Study Club, and Winnie the Pooh. Garden Center Cacti Exhibit. Planetarium "Fire in the Sky," 3p.m., Aug. 24, "The Current Sky," 1:30 p.m., Aug. 27. Special Events Story Telling at 10 a.m., Aug. 28. Radio Classics Classical music scheduled to be broadcast over radio stations WTIP and WTIO-FM at 5 p.m. today includes Mozart's "Sonata No. 6 in D Major, K. 284" featuring pianist Lili Kraus; Beethoven's "Octet for Winds in E Flat Major, Op. 103" with Rudolf Serkin conducting the Marlboro Festival Orchestra. "Portrait of a Splendid America," a documentary tribute to Dr. Tom Dooley, will be presented at 10 p.m. "Zorba," featuring the original cast recording, will be broadcast at 10:30 p.m. . , ,, . ...... H ' H ' * ' V » » ' * l 4 J * t * s " * ' * ' * That has changed now to "writing with the camera." While making "First Love" from his own script several seasons ago, "I found it wonderful to explore scenes with the camera, without using words -- at one point in the shooting three pages of dialogue became just two lines." Films, he thinks, "should be like dreams -- full of mystery." His creative exasperation is, "I take a year and a half to make a picture." Being an actor and director has been reciprocally beneficial, but the tall, distinguished-looking bachelor would prefer never again a recent simultaneous involvement in both assignments. Just after signing as the central character of "The Man in the Glass Booth," a film made for the Ameri- . can Film Theater and now in general release, Schell found himself also at work as writer-director for "Murder on the Bridge," a delayed project that was suddenly reactivated. ."It was madness," he resonantly recalls. "The Man in the Glass Booth," concerned with a Nazi war crimi- nal trial in Israel, continued Schell's strange film career entanglement with 20th century historic events. His first American screen appearance was as a Nazi officer in the 1958 picture "The Young Lions." He won an Oscar as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg." In "The Assassination at Sara- jevo," due out soon, he portrays an aging revolutionary. His last visit to Broadway's stage was in John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me," about the decadent military command of the waning Austro-Hungarian Empire. "It might be - it wasn't deliberate," says Schell of his participation in so many guilt themes. "They always ask me when they come to difficult roles." Unless it is a project he has directed, the actor never looks at the final film. "I'd rather put the whole thing away, like a finished painting, and go on to something else," he says with metaphor tuned to his own canvas-and-brush hobby. Between more elaborate jobs, Schell frequently has directed plays in Germany, at times to the shock of sedate spectators. A decade ago he did a rock version of "Hamlet," with himself in the title rote, which he would still like to bring to this side of the ocean. A colloquial dialect concept of Shaw's "Pygmalion" a short time ago dismayed the burghers of Duesseldorf -- and became an SRO hit. A penchant for subcutaneous exploration of text is a Schell char- acteristic. "1 start out to do a plain amusement, but when I get into it I try to get out of it as much as I can," he declares. "I get into a rebellious position. I think it very normal to search for serious purpose. I am interested in how life functions. "In every little story I am interested in why. "Why, is the main question in life, too." "He's here for being good. I'm here because my folks can't stand me around the house." I 370TWest Washington St.- Charleston, West Vinfinia-Sihte 1958- Phone 744-4356 Siding Stone Specialists United States Steel MJIMWQM I ......... ADDS VALUE IliBtermtrra u W O O D FIBER 5* 'P; -J '**, '** ... INSULA1 ·Replacement Windows] BLOWN INSULATION ree Estimates Cheerfully Given ·m^r^ · ""TMTM **«te «UCOUm-HM35« i v \i . 13m

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