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rrr rrrrv rrTTy COMICS 8D TV-RADIO 10D THE ARTS 5D MOVIE TIMES 6D SECTION WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13 1991 c3x fUiamt Herald Cape Fear has style little more MOVIE REVIEW i I Sv i V' ufL 1 v7 v- SlU vrf r- I CAPE FEAR (R) By BILL COSFORD Herald Movie Critic The original Cape Fear (1962) with Gregory Peck and Polly Bergen as upright citizens and Robert Mitchum their tormentor as the human locus of true evil was a B-movie that hit you like a mallet Part of that punch came from sheer physicahty still a great brooding lout) but another part had to do with the collision of the family the picture of smalltown rectitude and innocence with the would-be rapist and killer whose only desires were to soil then ruin Not a new theme good vs evil but durable all the great ones even when he fails he fails with style and with wit And so it is when we first learn how villainous how utterly without scruples Max Cady is this time: We see him settle into his seat in the front row of a theater and light a fat cigar Behind him sit Sam and Leigh Bowden and their 15-year-old daughter Danielle assaulted by smoke and unable to hear the lines over loud braying laugh a moment of pure inside-cinema inspiration: Max Cady is so bad spoil the show Max is in New Essex NC (though the picture was shot in Broward County the exteriors are generic and the accents Deep South) to punish Sam and his family Fourteen years before Sam was lawyer on a rape charge Sam suppressed information that might have gotten Max acquitted because Sam says the crime was so heinous Besides Max was illiterate what did he know? But Max has spent the last 14 years learning to read law books mostly plus books of the Bible having to do with revenge Now Max has done his time and he wants a piece of theBowden family The Bowdens alas are no longer innocent Sam is a philanderer and Leigh forgive Danielle is PLEASE SEE CAPE FEAR 7D 51 i i And wrong with Martin remake of Cape Fear is that Scorsese satisfied with things so simple Scorsese is a shades-of-gray man: In his Cape Fear the victims as well as the villain will share guilt will grapple with sin will in some dark and convoluted and frankly goofy way deserve what they get a mess really But what a mess! Why do we call Scorsese one of the great filmmakers of his generation? Because like TERRORIZED: Nick Nolte Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis are the Bowden family in Martin remake of Cape Fear Garry Trudeau lets do the talking for him WORD OF ATIRE Movie star wants to share lessons Ruby love of kids hooks her on writing By BEAL HINES Herald Staff Writer Ruby Dee is a talker She talks on stage she talks in movies she talks on public television she talks at public schools She talks with Ossie Davis her husband and with Spike Lee her most recent director And in her favorite talk of all she talks in her rich warm voice to her three kids and seven grandkids The veteran stage actress loves nothing more than to dip into her imagma-tion and tell one heck of a bedtime story It has been only logical to proceed from bedside to book When Dee appears tonight at the Central Baptist Church in a presentation of the Miami Book Fair International she will star in a new role: book author iiiSi would do schools mostly because we had this collection of stories we told our own Dee said in a recent phone interview we began to collect other stuff African Mexican Jewish folk tales Everywhere we went we picked up folk tales It became a part of what we In Two Ways to Count to Ten Dee retells a Liberian folk tale in a book illustrated by Susan playful color-pencil and water-color paintings long ago animals were not so different one from the the story begins were different colors shapes and sizes just as they are today but they lived together in friendship and in peace The leopard was king rich beyond telling mighty in his power and As the leopard looks for a king to succeed him Dee dances out her story with rhythm flair pace The animals come alive in a spear-throwing contest King Leopard stages to find a successor and husband for his daughter who would be our prince must throw the spear toward the sky He must send it so high that he can count to 10 before it comes down King Leopard says It is a delightful story that not only teaches young children how to count by twos but offers lessons in humility and self-confidence as well: Great boasting does not make for PLEASESEE DEE 4D By FRED TASKER Herald Staff Writer He was undersized unpopular and unathleticinhigh school and his first cartoon was called Weenie Man a not entirely unautobiographical appellation For 21 years his Doonesbury comic strip has happily stuck a surgical scalpel into the venal the pompous and the overweening including the past five presidents of the United States But today he is more famous than most of the people he writes about He seldom speaks to the press except to scold it or to promote one of his struggling plays Some who disagree with him are using the word Has success spoiled Garry Trudeau? There is no doubt that Trudeau has become an American icon heir to Thomas Swift Jules Feiffer and Walt Kelly at least as influential as any of them in their day He is the darling of the American press which has called him the Jiminy and Zeitgeist The latest flap is over cartoons dredging up charges that Vice President Dan Quayle was investigated on suspicions of buying cocaine allegations that were thoroughly debunked i after several newspaper investigations Trudeau typically is unavailable for comment And it is only the latest flap Some of cartoons have been pulled by some of his newspaper clients in nearly every year since he began in 1970 for everything from insulting Ronald Reagan to ridiculing Teddy Kennedy to making AIDS the subject of black humor PLEASESEE TRUDEAU 4D flNSIDEIJASHIONftNDTANTAS Message to Michael was Jermaine says I ALBUM REVIEWS 2D THE GLIMPSE The week of fashion flurry is over New York has unveiled 'the many looks for spring We look back in pictures on Page22D (At left is an Adrienne Vit-tadini creation) By LEONARD PITTS Jr Herald Pop Music Critic- Jermaine Jackson never intended for you and me to know about the original version of his song Word To The Badd! a scathing attack on his superstar brother Michael And so when the controversy over the song broke loose last week it caught him off guard tape leaked he says by tele- The Badd! has dramatically changed the landscape But despite all the controversy Jermaine says he regret writing the song It came about he says after he spent months trying without success to reach his brother by phone I just said this is ridiculous I look at Michael as a superstar although I respect what he has done I look at Michael as my little brother not discrediting him in any way I hope he continues to sell 40 million records on this next album And beyond that But forget you have brothers and sisters You come from somewhere man your For those who been following this latest chapter in the saga of the Jack-sons the story is as follows: Jermaine wrote Word To The Badd! a time when he was incensed with Michael In the song he scorned Mike for not communicating with his family and for forgetting his roots he also implied that Michael who has apparently taken steps to lighten his skin is ashamed of being black But after the song was recorded cooler heads prevailed Jermaine changed the lyrics softening some of the harsher allegations The new version made it to the album But the original version somehow made it to radio where phone heard about 1 it from someone that heard it on the radio And I said have not on the when I started getting phone calls from everywhere and I was just amazed know who could have leaked says Jermaine I did write it and I have to stand by it and deal with Which is exactly what been doing in interviews and public statements ever since It been easy Despite their angry comments about wayward sister LaToya the close-knit tight-lipped Jack-son clan has never been known for making pubic attacks on one another Word To mimt GETS DIRTY Roseanne Arnold makes her TV movie debut tonight In Back field in Motion She plays a mom who recruits moms to play football against their sons Review 10D RUBY DEE: Actress in Spike Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever has taken her stories from bedside to book Jane column will return Friday A A li i 1 1 jjj A

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