The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on December 19, 1971 · 122
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The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California · 122

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Page 8 Leisure Sunday December 19 1971 Film Review 'French Connection' Is A Humdinger By Andrew Gale "The French Connection" which will open Wednesday at the Alhambra Theater is often so exciting that any quibbling over other aspects M of the film seems trivial since viscerally it's such a humdinger: it sweeps along so expertly that any attempt at resisting its propulsion might cause a viewer an uncomfortable and perplexing derailment — and I use the word derailment deliberately for "The French Connection" contains a chase between a man in a car and a fugitive on a New York City elevated trin that is so riveting it may have you out of your seat and reaching for the emergency cord "The French Connection" is a drug movie with a difference for this time it's not the woes of addiction which are being photogenically documented in wide screen and color rather "The French Connection" tackles the network of illegal drug distribution from a lovely villa near Marseilles France (where Fernando Rey lavishly keeps a very young mis-stress) to a shadowy New York City bar where narcotics police confront drug users with action as brutal as the language they both employ The suave Mister Big from France (Rey) juxtaposed with two sweaty New York cops (Gene Hack-man and Roy Scheider) makes for an effectively queasy combination which director William Friedkin exploits right from the start when a scene of a gentleman 'in France after nonchalant- rr WO'i Mmsi vAiui III :Sll m 4P0NSDFU0SY NEVADA 'STAT? MOTEL ASSN :i8Q0p 1050 : l Jltw i ' 'Per Person ? Per Couple ? Qbl Occup J ly shooting someone in the head bites into a long loaf of bread is cut to a group of children in New York clustering round a curbside hot dog vendor It is this kind of divergence (the cleanliness "The French Connection" directed by William Friedkin written by Ernest Tldvman from a novel bv Robin Moore music bv Don Ellis with Gene Hackman Fernando Rev Rov Scheider Tony LoBanco Marcel Bozzuffl Frederic De Pasquale and Bill Hickman Alhambra R of the drug itself and the low-down nitty gritty life of those addicted to it is another) which gives "The French Connection" much of its resonance Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider are superb They run they wait in dark shop doorways they bicker with the FBI and they swallow rancid coffee they seem never to go home and as they play a game of cards holed up in a cold room next to a wire tap of a middleman in the drug deal they are trying to bust they seem to have always been what they are: unshaven half-way between lethargy and hyper-tension and just one step behind their man (who drives around all scaled up in a Lincoln Continental) These are not merely performances they are full-bodied characterizations Added to all this is an incredible ability on the part of Friedkin and his collaborators to make you see something and believe in its authenticity one minute and then change it right before your eyes — and still keep you believing A woman is a blonde in one scene a brunette in another the edge of a bar holds many surprises and even Santa Claus is not who you think he is Acute dialogue reinforces this: "Didn't I see you" says Hickman "picking your feet in Poughkeepsie?" You know there is more to this than hits the ear and it r DRIVING "B" A to i n ss j Program No 1 WITHOUT ROOM cost only $695 per person Program No 2 WITH ROOM your cost only $1095 (per person doubts occupancy (Frl — add 55 per person Sat & Hot add SI 60 per person) taePn - DAVIS TEXACO— B Street and 2nd St FAIRFIELD SHELL — N Texas ft Tabor NORTH HIGHLANDS SHELL— Watt Ave ft McClellan Dr SACRAMENTO ARCO— Arden Way ft Ethan Way ARCO — Marysville Blvd ft Arcade CHEVRON — Stockton Blvd ft Gerber Rd GULF — Auburn Blvd ft Watt Ave PHILLIPS — Arden Way ft Watt Ave SHELL— Folsom Blvd ft 45th St SHELL — Florin Rd ft Power Inn Rd TEXACO — 5th ft Broadway TEXACO— El Camino ft Watt TEXACO — Madison Ave ft Intst 83 TEXACO— Folsom Blvd ft Notre Dame Dr PROMOTION! Cm UM Alomt Jaffa keeps you alert for every line and makes you suspicious of every man who walks in front of the camera In a movie so well put together as this and so innocent of socially redeeming pretensions the ambiguous gunshot which is fired at the end is a flaw if only a minor one Go to "The French Connection" for edge of the seat entertainment but don't expect any moral to rationalize your fun It's a rip-roaring bloody bash of a movie and it needs no messa-gizing to justify its existence JayRob Extends Current Run Of Double Bill JayRob Productions has extended through Jan 8 the Friday-Saturday run of its current show "Lovers and Other Strangers-Next" a double bill of comedies The JayRob Playhouse behind the Sacramento Inn will be dark Dec 24 and 25 but two performances will be given New Year's Eve at 8 and 11 pm as well as the regular one at 8:30 the following night a Saturday For tickets call IVanhoe 3-3198 Theater Workshop Will Perform Today The Mark Rose Theater Workshop will perform "The Night Before Christmas" today at 3 pm at the Pease Conservatory Theater 2130 L St Also on the program will be "Jesus Ahatonhia" performed by the workshop's Dance Theater Company Information about the workshop's winter session which will begin Jan 3 can be obtained by writing to the Pease Conservatory 2130 L St Sacramento Information is also available by calling 451-9546 A NEW GIFT STORE Seneca House Inc featuring paintings sculpture museum replicas handcrafted wood items and imported ceramics has opened at 1313 21 St Hours are 10 am to 6 pm except Sunday Everyone Responds In Own Way Sacramentans Ruben Dob-bert Ed Hilliard and Jim and Monna Barrick each have heard the siren call of the sea and they have answered that call in individual ways Dobbert commodore of the Northern California Cruiser Association heeded the call as a member of an organization devoted to two types of powerboat sport: Predicted log and over-the-bottom racing The cruiser association is composed of 30 yacht clubs with more than 400 racing members who are interested in learning the intricacies of wind tide current and the complex personalities of their boats To do this they attempt to navigate a prescribed run over a course without error Dobbert describes the two methods: In predicted log racing the skipper sets the engine rpm in advance and then runs the five-legged course Checkers are aboard to total the errors In over-the-bottom racing the skipper states the times he will arrive at certain marks But the checkers are at points unknown to the racer It may sound easy and it was easy for Dobbert in the first race He won but it took three years for him to get back into the money Dobbert enjoys the fun of racing and the comradeship of belonging to an active boating organization Dob-bert's selection as commodore is a significant achievement for the Sacramento Yacht Club and delta boatmen He is the first up-river boatman to be elevated to that top post The Dobbert family it noted in another boating relat- Your Car ed aspect Daughter Debbie a 17-year-old John F Kennedy High School beauty is Miss Sacramento Yachting 1972 and she is scheduled to compete in the Miss Yachting 1972 contest at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marin County early in January Hilliard likes racing in a different mode He uses the wind to push his boat along and he has been so successful the Richmond Yacht Club awarded him a trophy Hilliard races a 26-foot Gladiator class sloop named Carina "We had the best start" Hilliard said "and sailed from Richmond to the St Francis Yacht Club buoy and back and no one was even close to us at the finish It was the first time I ever had to be careful finding the next mark Most of the other boats used jennys (a large sail used forward of the mast) and they never wanted to use working jibs like mine" Hilliard's trophy is the Richmond Yacht Club One-Design Perpetual Gladiator Trophy That is a mouthful of words for a trophy and Hilliard will have to race for the trophy again next year to keep it The Barricks sought another kind of answer to the call of the sea one which is far from the sound of the surf So they are cruising in their four-ton Columbia 28 Spartacus to Mexico to Central America and on to the Caribbean The Barricks plan a year's voyage and maybe longer if long-range cruising strongly appeals to them Sacramentans live along two great rivers and when they go down to the sea in ships they do it with an individual flair How Long Does Antifreeze Last? By Eugene B The question comes up every year: "I put in a fresh fill of permanent antifreeze last winter and wish to know if this will hold me for an- RieUADA LODGe Exciting Entertainment Find Dining 100 View Guet Rooms For Boom Reservations: PO Box 337 Crystal Bay North Lake Tahoe 89402 Phone (702) 831-0660 IN RENO ENJOY 3 BIG FLOORS OF FUN AT NEVADA CLUB GO GREYHOUND $6 CASH BONUS v On Your $695 Round-Trip Bus Fare! ($4 Bonus Fri pm Sat Sun) TWICE A DAY DEPARTURES From Sacramento Greyhound Terminal ana Eddy' i Brau Hoi 2428 Aubura Btwlear4 Daily Em Sun Sun Only 10:35 AM 5:30 PM 10:00AM 5:30 PM Phone 444 -MOO Fr Information 'Free Midnight Dinner Milmoe other year as I've been told" Actually there is no blanket answer Effective life of antifreeze is influenced by operating temperatures driving speeds climate car loads cooling system condition maintenance neglect and so on The older the ar the quicker this loss of effectiveness will occur via inhibitor depletion and contamination In other words the breakdown of rust and corrosion inhibitors in the antifreeze which cannot be measured by tester of hydrometer is the biggest threat So why not just add fresh inhibitors every winter? First you cannot be sure they are compatible Second this will not rid the cooling system of rust scale and other corrosive products which may be floating around in the coolant I- 1

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