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441-1 - It "'tfqrV044-iesi41riWdt0W00PAWOMiiiit 6 1 THE- CHARLOTTE OBSERVER Friday January 21 1983 Photo From COLUMBIA PICTURES Ben Kingsley (left) the star of "Gandhi" in a scene with tan Charleson who plays Charlie Andrews the English missionary who became a lifelong supporter of the great Mahatma JOANN RHETTS REVIEWS: Attenborough's 'Gandhi' For the second time in less than a year moviegoers are going to find themselves captivated by a small fellow in a wrinkly brown skin bringing a gospel of love from a strange land Scoff not at the comparison between the title characters of "Gandhi" opening nationwide today and "ET The Extra-Terrestrial" on its way to becoming the box-office champ of all time with film rentals of more than $187 million Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was the Mahatma (Great Soul) who led India to independence from the British in 1947 and ET is Hollywood make-believe at its best But both have exerted a mystical pull on countless millions by quietly insisting they be accepted on their own peaceable terms That Gandhi known to almost half a billion Indian followers as Bapu (Father) was a flesh and blood man makes him and his spiritual and political legacy in the civil rights antiwar feminist and nuclear freeze movements the more miraculous of the two Director-producer Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi" — no small slouch in the miracle department — spans the 55 years from the birth of the Mahatma's political awareness until his assassination by a fanatic young Hindu The brain of the $22 million 3- hour and 8-minute (plus intermission) straightforward telling of Gandhi's political life is Attenborough's measured meticulous direction Its miraculous heart is a wise and powerful performance in the title role by Ben Kingsley Gandhi's genius lay in his ability to relate intimately to the masses joining him in nonviolent civil disobedience against the Empire Attenborough and screenwriter John Briley have chosen to focus on that relationship instead of the personal Gandhi Crowds and history surge around the film Gandhi with the majesty of the holy Ganges but those who want t I 440 :' ' (10114iBettatitte 0 2 I 1 :44: ft Shite016111OANNAS V: - ' ' I t$0114 -' !:114 jd f ' Lc k! 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(logegbilielost000l'ime: : Shbo011poiltaninni to know the man better will have to rely on the mischievous lights in Kingsley's eyes "Gandhi" explores neither the Mahatma's widely documented personal idiosyncrasies nor those places where civil disobedience doesn't work (against an Idi Amin or an Adolph Hitler for instance) But Gandhi's confrontations with the South African police and the British-paid Gurkhas at the Dharasana salt works are so incredibly painful to watch because Attenborough uses no tricks no manipulative music or bloodletting He simply points the imagination toward a grasp of the incredible moral and physical fiber necessary to submit to the blows of the lathi (steel-reinforced bamboo staves) Attenborough's cardboard supporting cast rarely breathes life into historical names and faces Most — like John Mills John Gielgud Martin Sheen and Candice Bergen — simply take their places and struggle to look appropriately gee-golly American or stiff-upper-lip British The outstanding exception among the cameo players is South African playwright Athol Fugard as General Smuts Fugard's plays ("Boesman and Lena" " 'Master Harold' and the Boys") have been a passionate weapon against apartheid The irony of casting him as the bigoted South African administrator is almost as juicy as that of a British director filming the story of Gandhi's victory against the British Saeed Jaffrey is an amiable presence as Sardar Patel but the mysterious connection between Gandhi and the woman called Mirabehn remains hidden from ac- tress Geraldine James Mirabehn a British admiral's daughter born Madeline Slade was a valuable and devoted disciple James is an embarrassment to the film scooting along in her pale robes and making sheep's eyes at Gandhi onemismuE" PNOlitt 5302 1111111 IASSOLUMY NO ONE UNDER' MEN I IVADMITTED111110 More annoying than the thespian waxworks is Attenborough's inclination to yank you out of moving scenes as though he's afraid you might be swamped with emotion and forget You Are There Most disappointing is his abrupt switch from the beautifully orchestrated Salt March Attenborough also seems to have consciously avoided a picture-postcard movie Trying not to be overwhelmed by the scenery though he almost misses the subcontinent's spicy feel India shimmers in the light like crushed opals the bright sun-ripened colors red banners and marigold chains cherished by cinematographers Billy Williams and Ronnie Taylor and the dissonant music of Ravi Shankar But Kingsley's Gandhi gaily transcends any and all the movie's flaws He is virile as he strides ahead of the Salt March like a skinny shore bird and gentle as his body and voice seem to wither with Gandhi's death-tempting fasts His characterization embodying the masculine and feminine of the real man of history is a performance for the ages Carolina Living columnist Ina Hughs says "Gandhi" is a movie that shouldn't be missed by anyone 12 years or older Her column is on Page 5B II IF YOU'RE GOING "Gandhi" is playing at the Capri Tickets are 62 (ail shows beginning before 8 pm children 11 and under) and $A (all shows beginning after 6 pm) PARENTS' GUIDE: "Gandhi" is rated PG and contains several necessarily violent scenes Reg $669 SPECIAL While Supply ) Lasts! 499 Lb 1444AikeaapAo 444004:k6104011wW ts70VES? wiipoWt WI --rowir4040ArniltPOM1p THE LIGHTHOUSE tiiIKTh77644 ' a A t 1 SEAFOOD MARKET 4 -NEW LOCATION- 'ICELEBRATION SALE! illt 4843 S Blvd just 1 V blocks S of Woodlown Rd 527-1988 Fri Jan 21 and Sat Jan 22 Only! WHITELOCAL WHOLE ROCK SHRIMP FLOUNDER SHRIMP Reg $299 SPECIAL While supply Lash! 19911 NDPLEIM IFPRMTICE "Mephisto" is a mesmerizing exercise in chilly style from Hungarian director Istvan Szabo Adapted to the screen by Szabo and Peter Dobai from Klaus Mann's novel the winner of the 1982 Best Foreign Film Oscar chronicles the rise to fame and fortune of a provincial actor who collaborates with the Nazis Mann denied that his 1936 novel characterized his former lover and brother-in-law actor Gustav Grundgens who with Goering as his benefactor was a darling of the Third Reich Germany banned the book for years because it slandered Grundgens an actor who also built his reputation on "Faust" The film's insidously evil title character is Hendrik Hofgen (Klaus Maria Brandauer) a two-bit music hall player from Hamburg who becomes director of Berlin's Prussian State Theater with the help and friendship of a deceptively benign Nazi general (Rolf Hoppe) Hofgen marries and divorces a noted professor's stiff Aryan daughter (Krystyna Janda stiff co-star of "Man of Iron") and has a torrid physical relationship with a black dancer (Mann Boyd) But when both women are exiled he simply marries a lesbian actress and maintains the only important relationship of his shallow life — the cringing friendship with the general We like to think we know the difference between right and wrong and would always recognize and choose the right but Brandauer's hypnotic performance embodies the frightening ambiguity of evil He is never wholly formed or assertive except when he's onstage in the white mask of Mephistopheles with its plunging painted brows and cruel crimson lips The amber patina of benevolent age laid by Szabo over the red flags and soft satins of the Nazis and their collaborative mistresses doesn't hide this serpent For Hendrik-Mephisto is no ordinary devil — he is the ageless erotic pull exerted by weakness masquerading as cruel strength Soprano At Queens Sets Free Recital Soprano Margaret Rice artist in residence at Queens College will give a recital Feb 1 at 8:15 pm in Suzanne Little Recital Hall lower level of the EH Little Fine Arts Building Queens College The recital is free Details: 332- 7121 ext 213 9 am-5 pm weekdays T' Reg $399 11) SPECIAL While Supply Lasts! 299 JOANN RHETTS REVIEWS: 411 1- MephiSIO "Mephisto" inaugurates the second phase of the current foreign and independent American film series at the Park Terrace Coming attractions include "Polyester" and "Chilly Scenes of Winter" (formerly "Head Over Heels") from the United States Brasil's "Xica" West Germany's "Christiane F" Great Britain's "The Long Good Friday" and "Winter of Our Dreams" from Australia U IF YOU'RE GOING: “klephisto" in German with English subtitles Is playing ono show daily at the Park Tarrace Tickets are $3 PARENTS' GUIDE: "PAsphisto" is unrolled and contains nudity profanity and Implicit sexuality A $150 PACKAGE FOR JUST $60 Dfessionally-Fitted Ball $40 Professionally-Fitted Ball Professional instruction 15 Weeks of Bowling Shoe Rental M 11Q $150 VALUE YOU PAY $60 OR $4 A WEEK FOR 15 WEEKS IT 1 1 With our fifteen-week "Learn-to-Bowl ' program you get your own ball and a than lot more for less an the ball Itself would normally cost You start with five weekly sessions of professional bowling Instruction By then you'll begin to appreciate the difference your own ball could make Then we give you ote — your own regulation custom-fittect ball a $AO value And tne last ten weeks are friendly teem competition to sharpen your new skills At iust $4 a week classes will fill up fast so call or stop by today to be sure you get in on the action and the savings? 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