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The Daily Telegraph from London, Greater London, England • 13

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Thfi Telegraph Friday July 31 1981 ORTER II ii in- i i i i i i 1 1 hi' i i i THEATRE JOHN BARBER FILMS i ii Hi i i i nl ERIC SH 11 Tears dying- off-stage Cruelty and passion from Wales Doiiuuon mm The egoistic novelist (Peter Birch) is abandoned by his unseen wife and by his delusion that he has talent And the The Mouse and the Woman Only the brother and sister (AA) ever find that joyous content- ICA Cinema Classic ment in each other's company SENSITIVELY ACTED and carefully directed by Harold Pinter the new Simon Gray play "Quartermaine's Terms at the Queen's is a muted Chelsea watch the others seek: but ftrowdine attractive girl (Jenny Quayle) ove comedy about the dying falls out of love with her off of vniy 01 people out talents ambitions loves and lationshios re their happiness is marginal to the film's strong themes about the young poet's attitude to war and peace and politics and sexual- passion (especially sexual passion) Not that his big experi i nation in a stunt-filled fantasy about an invincible American superman (labelled professor of archaeology) who finds himself trying to beat the pre-war Nazis in a race to possess what? the Ark of the Covenant no less Something which Hitler believes would make him also invincible The thing sought could have been the Holy Grail Or any treasured key to what men crave And so the proposition that Hitler was after what' the synopsis calls an ancient and Raiders of the Lost Ark (A) Empire Leicester Sq The Great Muppet Caper (U) Odeon St Martin's Lane Classic Tottenham Court Rd South London release rrtnn uiimf wci stage husband (whose new magazine dies at birth) Much of the comedy is at the expense of a less urbane pro-vinicial '-(Glyn Grain) and his Only a practised playwright could find so much humour in characters so- unhappy They wr problems with an off-stage girl ences ot the war to which entes ai me war -la which uu rc 7i ji uuuu iiccus no uuau until I became imMtientwith 6661115 ntht 5 bwu iu uaiuLuiw uuu nai ana savage imprisonment VThe central character Quar- films And Specially good embitter him Nor in a battle ng beaubfull played by British films unfunded by Lew over blacklegs during an Wrong Fdwarr) Fnv alnnfi lias no life CiraAo Tnf en inner Sn if a iHm kngk a exMrn 1 UA had everything? sacred artefact" is just another The play consists entirely of elsewhere But then he has no critic waxed ecstastic about a pit do his wounds seem greatly pretext for a series of violent reports We are in the staff- life here either An abstracted new British film! he was sus- to matter to man whose fists adventures in which an absurdly wilt ui a iiuui or cngnsn near-amnesiac ne usrens manes pectea or helping a lame dog can be as viaorous as his verse mircapia nero ipiayeu uy nam 'Whenyou'rethinkingofspre tor foreigners Cambridge and muddled plans and loses his job over a stile But when the woman who has fZV'hn But lately the evidence of a evidently been trifling with SSSi blnlJflTr hf renaissance in our cinema has fern (andwith her own affec- your wings to a new site there are one of two tmngsyou don't want to bring withj eacn 01 us is uuierwise eiigagcu been clear All it needs now is imo wore iu imw fvvuuuvcs son Ford) dashes about the world in quest of the unobtainable You have only to consider from the credits the assortment of production units -Tunisian French Peruvian-Hawaiian Elstree to realise why the film founders It lacks unity of aim time place action Worst of all (for this director) it lacks thrills The she is going to bear his child and then chooses abortion he chooses so to speak madness In the end a beautiful and startling you might say that she gets her comeuppance or poetic retribution rue uyws me ngni preoccupation blind us to a renaissance in the cinemas The fussy principal (Robin the troubles of others or that themselves In other words Bailey) breaks up as his be- every day brings a little death the chance for films to circu- Ioved off-stage partner nears his and tomorrow a mg one late so that something of the end The salt-of-the-earth type But since the emotional quality of Karl jFrancis's The (James Grout) watches the battlefield is always elsewhere House and the Woman can be slow decline of an off-stage with off-stage people no crisis more widely enjoyed than is favourite daughter The spin- or conflict can be enacted possible from its exhibition at But the thing about this fills with chamber-of Ihe noise the pollution the overcrowding The industrial problems Theoverpricedand over-close accommodatioa The long drive toworli Theurrrelentinggrindofitli Whichispartly why you'flchoos Cumbria js NodoubtthatvdmaUiheentidngt things that Cumbria offers as millions of tourists find out each the quality oil lifeandthebeautyof 'greatoutdooisf freedom-theresalsomuehyouUbe gladyouleftelsewhere If you're ready forindustrM 1 growrnvnthfirst-classfaqtoriesfrora 1000 to 25000 sqftandwouldbe 4 attracted er I 1 mL 1 il I i screen oicj ii luucua JLnresi uaviiiK uciuic us iuc lcauit manes i ui liic jusuiuic ui VjUuiciuuuuiv srransp neeuiiins mm is mar i tr lost the man she wanted turns tepid playgoing We want to Arts in the Mall and the Classic it deals in violent passions and iime- descents into a snake nit on her off-stage mother ami be where the action is not at Chelsea ohvsical crueltv not for their LfJ her hear a series of reports The trouble of course is that own sake but for the sake of explosions names it doesn't sound like a barrel expressing human nature when smoke and visual tricks of or laugns Jor is it loaded witn cornerea couia De Donea shattering silliness A not-quite-so-crazy gang i 5 cynicism or snappy allusions to the state of modern Britain And being neither about gangsters nor adolescent courtship it has no classical popular appeal And (perhaps gravest down to the eternal triangle with an emancipated woman at the apex but that would be to overlook the subtlety of its dramatic power which offers each character from that character's point of view so that yourownrullyservicedsite tne gooa news begins here jjjllljl omission of all) it is acted with out stars Indeed every player our sympathies are evenly dis tributed Moralising is out of is new to me Industrial Promotion Officer QirnpriaCounty Council RoomNo 27 THERE IS a slight air of smugness about the Festival Theatre at Chichester Underneath the Arches was perhaps devised by Patrick Garland and written by Rrjan Glanville to cock a shook' at its "posh middle-class propriety Ttiis revue is an affectionate tribute to the Crazy Gang of six comics and their long career in London music-halls with emphasis on the late Bud Flanagan the East End Jew who rose from the gutters of showbiz to become a much-loved leader of 1elCarlisle(p228)23456 4 the question Technically this first full-lehgth feature film also creates a remarkable sense of period which never looks strained There is however a name behind it all: Dylan Thomas The story of theifilm has been taken from his short stories: and taken (at a guess since I don know the original) with and although the director's ex- But that is all the film leaves sense of" empty extravagance especially the music which pre-supposes earplugs and which trumpets the epic's vacuity with pauses for dialogue such as: You bastard I'll get you for this" or All I want is the girl" And to think that Mr Spielberg was once rated as a director of talent Sad really THERE IS (of course) no mystery about The Great Muppet Caper which may not please the addicts of this Sunday ritual on television because it comes at feature length instead of half an hour and because it has to have a plot and too many human beings' to interrupt the puppets' witty progress These are characters which have sprung to mythical life on the box because their creators (among whom the writers Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses and Jerry Juhl and Jack Bose must rank high) are an artistic team to compare with the original Walt Disney's just the right degree of liberty perience in television has obvi- and love ously paid off (he shares the screenplay with Vincent Kane) Tlease sendMdetailsoftheoppcatonitielS I for expansionin Cumbria lent as the straight man and compere Allen) and a lot of their quiet stroll-along songs Underneath the Arches" Hometown" Umber-ellas The real Mr Allen now 87 make a frail suave appearance a survivor perhaps because he retired early from a too-exacting career It was fun to see again how the lumpish comics looked when gorgeously arrayed as epicene principal boys There are lovely lines in their dialogue when dressed as awful flower-sellers in Piccadilly Circus It is not the course rudcry it inspires but the line 'My April's getting married that makes me laugh But at the risk of sounding a thin-lipped spoilsport I was not vastly amused The admirable Mr Hudd standing round with a fixed grin was wasted: he gave no feeling of the wickedly leering louche gat-toothed and adorable Bud No one caught the casualy anarchic style of anv one of the others or the exciting sense of danger-ousness they gave collectively Name Company 1 1 I do not see how Nick Gilford's photography could ever seem so effective on the small screen No doubt the absence of familiar faces on the screen assists the air of authenticity They are surely the right faces Dafydd Hywell (passionate poet) Karen Archer (tantalising seductress) Alan Devlin (crippled husband) Patricia the Gang and a favourite of 1' royalty As you enter the theatre rough equivalents of the comics are on the rampage touting dirty postcards polishing bald heads and chucking ice cream around Soon the stage is alive I with the dear old gags A cutie I in a grass skirt is chased by a i ap with a lawnmower Some- Napier (protective sister) and dy says Eskimoses are God's Peter Sproule (family friend) ozen people And: "Do vou never crave our sympathy They never lose it either know what the girl said to the sailor?" "No!" "That's right" With Rov Hudd as Bud the AS IF TO POINT the old pic- show translates incidents from that tonight their vulgarity ture-making moral aoout too If add that it deals with prosaic events of half a century ago in a style which this director makes naturally poetic then I suppose that will have put the tin lid on its chances But there is no denying Mr Francis's skill in bringing to the screen with absorbing and imaginative sensibility a tale of harsh but very human relationships starting in a Welsh mining village before the First World War showing that war's effect on the characters in what turns out to be a saga of thwarted passion and leaving us in the 1920s with a sense of having lived through their lives as if we really knew them Lunacy lechery brutality and violence: the ingredients of orthodox sensational cinema are here all brought together not to enliven the fable but as apparently inevitable given the people their natures and the world they inhabit Or rather the different worlds For although they live in the same village the young working-class Welshman with poetic longings the arrogant pit-owner with whose wife he calls so deeply and treacherous-lyr tn le and the poet's oeroved sister they seem incapable of coming to terms for long with each other or with their own feelings his life into slap-dash music-hall really would go too far much money chasing too few equivalents Thus his meeting And the Chichester-like gen with' his future partner Ches ideas Steven Spielrerg's Raiders of the Lost Ark comes thunderously and pifflingly forward as an example of what tility of the chdrus and production by Roger Redfarn only reminded me of the brassy thrash splashiness and efficiency with which impresarios were careful to surround these quite inimitable clowns Hollywood does to men whose talent seems at first naturally hey Allen in France in 1917 becomes part of the stock Army sketch about soldiers drilling We get a taste of Flanagan and Allen cross talk (Christopher Timothy is excel- cinematic They have to "go in for blockbusters Mr Spielberg obliges and meets his Waterloo with this MUSIC "The Dutchman' and ohengrin? epic which only occasionally displays his gift for hinting at the sinister properties of things outside our experience yet within our range of fear His apocalyptic tendencies though exciting enough in "Jaws" and "Close Encounters" find here no concentration for our imag- By ALAN BLYTH in Bay euth THE REVIVALS of The Flying Dutchman" and "Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival are certainly persuasive taskmasters Our owh Elizabeth Connell a hugely popular artist presents an Ortrud of vicious single-minded malevolence and sings the part with TELEVISION SYLVIA CLAYTON were both notable for the con unflinchingly secure exciting summaie integration ana uiuiy tooes Telramund er partner of their casts Harry Kupfers jn crime is no lessWnmand- i COntentlOUS production Of the fnirlv nnrtrawri Kv Tif Roar first work viewed as the dream surely the most tensely over Lords of the soapsuds THERE IS an alarm clock on But so much emphasis was sale which rouses thd sleeper placed on making the pro-with Annie continues gramme visually varied that with Men of Harlech" and if only a banal message came that fails tries 'Rule Britan- through strongly This was an nia" James Bellini who has echo of the apocryphal ex-called his six-part AW docu- change between Scott Fitzgerald th eta and Ernest Hemingway "The wrought performance of this role since Uhde's Goodness and light are also well done by Peter Hofmann's Lohengrin was near the ideal in looks and voice once he had overcome an initial prejudice Karan Armstrong's Elsa is more controversial For me her occa- sional unsteadiness is forgiven of the nation Rule Britannia very rich are diff erent ramus Of a near-lunatic Senta is now so confidently executed that its perverse view of the piece has almost become tenable particularly with Peter Schneider as taut conductor Simon Estes's tortured Dutchman is so eloquent in move- Sent voice and expression as convince you that he is a real seven-year wanderer not merely figment of Lisbeth Balslev's unhinged Senta Surrounded by erotic symbols he is though quite evidently a vision of the sexual frustration caused by the grim severe Victorian world which surrounds her Daland her money-grubbing father is another of Marti by the way she suggests Elsa's (I TV) evidently intends to i i m6J distraught insecure state of stir us out of apathy It is a compliment to the mind under her husband's dis- The second instalment naturalism of Southern Tele- cerning direction Family Fortunes" in which vision's drama series about the Friedrich is a past master he elaborated on Ibis theory that Army Spearhead (I TV) which at getting the best not only out Britain is regressing into a returned for a of his soloists but also out of state of economic feudalism last night that i is sometimes his chorus: their important focussed mainly on the Lever- compared with the BBC sdocu- comings and goings were as hXes Se soap barons of mV about the Navy thorough as their singing Mersevside i "Sailor under Woldemar Nelsson's well In "Night Games" filmed on nrAaraA He had attractive nenod lllus- i Unnaimno Miok Salihinen's superb assumptions he is a Wagnerian bass of bare of no trations to show how William McCarty the scriptwriter nhiausil aratnrc herp where- i -ii: i lover f-h first Visrnunt a Vic- i -M achieved greatness here where 25 off newMemorex cassettes as Robert Schunk the Erik is desired As a whole and after tonan of immense drive pio- introducing known characters two taxing oremieres the neered mass production and mniv from 6th Platoon the th statff of growing pro- mis as a Heldenlenor nuality of these revivals testi- packaging and ruled his mdus- Roval Wessex Rangers with Price ties to the extraordinary discip trial community at Port Sun lieht with a firm paternal hand skill He seemed much more at ease with the practical reali- 1 1 IL Memorex Normal Bias Singing and acting of similarly unbridled intensity are to Ko harl in Gbtz Friedrich C60 89p line and unobtrusive control of stagecraft that are so often welcome features of Bayreuth performances Memorex cassettes are now even better than ever And with this significant improvement in quality comes a dramatic change in price 25 off Yes all these superb quality tapes are at rock bottom prices at Rnnt until Alienist ISth IH The present Lord Leverhulme ties of their work than with is not involved with day-to-day the poetic industry he is Lord Lieutenant subject of his recent two-part of Cheshire his interests are Play- sporting regimental and charit- The programmed not pre- able He has no heir and spoke tendl that the soldiers enjoyed The Memorex Normal Bias is a standard ferric tape particularly £60 £135 jf suitable for portable equipment £90 £170 £25 of wantine to be remembered bv their assignments guaraing the Chinese border to stem the rt iWa jiavAfhi1mo the work ii nvtn Memore Bias II Trust Yet nowhere did this lively C60 £170 025 flow of illegal immigrants nor that they took much interest in the politics of the situation It handled routine activities Oiner cnan a concert worn us theatricality lying as much in the vividly imaginative character of its scoring as in the pic i ne new iyuvai aupci iciin- luiuicny zviivyv iia unuciuiic fundamental changes to give a much better dynamic range and higher maximum output capability making it ideal for hi-fi and in-car equipment Also newly formulated the High Bias II surely rates as one of the very finest tapes available And like all these Memorex tapes incredible but patchy programme explain what the Leverhulme Trust wnai me eyei nutans huh but with a certain 1 turesque detail Ot the musical crisply production of "Lohengrin" These erstwhile East Germans Prom: Bournemouth Symphony By ROBERT HENDERSON OF THE 39 WORKS performed in the first 12 programmes of this season's Promenade Concerts just over a half have been by British and Russian composers It was the same two countries which again provided the music in last night's concert at the Albert Hall in which the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was directed by its principal conductor Uri Segal What may have looked on From Boots ludioDepartm mmmmm subject to stoekai scenario denvea trom nyron's -pj sympathy nf Mrina rnnirtH r4ii The company sergeant major At these special offer prices until value at Boots low prices August I5thl98I Some OI tne Wina SOlOS raHv( anHionrP and in the two central movements the depressing present-day con- had a captive audience and ditions around the Livernool some of the best lines it a docks where third of the triumph of mund oyer matter' teenagers are unemployed and he said I don't mind and you could perhaps have been played with a little more finesse but it was indicative of the disciplined strength and astutenes of the performance that the theatrical ij u-mm ni don't matter job prospects in general are poor Since James Bellini is a re elements were allowed to make their maximum effect without porter with both academic and television experience best re ever impairing the music's sym This episode of "Spearhead" was a thoroughly professional piece of film-making not great drama but well presented fiction It made the reasons for the changes of command among the I TV companies seem more than usually obscure paper unlikely juxtaposition pnomc thrust or cogency imc thrust or cogency membered on The Money Programme" one might have expected this contrast to be not merely described but explored nitiu xv atn uvi vvnai Waa 1UI the Proms little more than a token audience turned out to be an attractive and cunning Riece of programme planning lot only was the background to both works literary (or historical) and dramatic but both in their very different ways could also be described as essentially theatrical Most directly linked to the theatre was the rarely played suite culled by Benjamin Britten in 1954 from the opera "Gloriaha" Skilfully encompassing the musical richness and variety of the original score neatly distilling the operarunique flavour from the ceremonial music of the Tournament though the DEAF ACTORS FOR MERMAID By Our Arts Staff Trevor Eve hero of BBC TV's serial "Shoestring" has been learning the American sign language for his part as a speech therapist in Mark Medoff's Children of a Lesser God" which opens at the Mermaid Theatre London on Aug 19 He is playing opposite Elizabeth Quinn a deaf American actress who takes the part of one of his pupils a role she has already played on Broad way The play is a love story melancholy beauty ot the lute which explores the relationship song "Flappy Were He" here between the therapist and the elegantly sung by Anthony Bolfe pupil Johnson and the evocative ft will be directed by Gordon 11 WO JmA lbrn to the k- adless rrnn I If ATHJf Sit Troop as they gallop their JrfJfM IfmA fiftjSrlS-- I NAME I Al i £Ut" guns into the arena-feel your Hgfv -J EmriJl PMSSm I IS 'lawWia3C' si 1 1 ffLm hearts lift as the Royal Marines massed fj1 £1 ADDRESS EarlsuT an? tiizaoetnan pastiche ot tne Davidson artistic director of Courtly Dances to the sombrely the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles who will be making his production debut in London As in America three of romantic finale it also makes an engrossing and colourful concert piece in its own right Tchaikovskst's i'-Manfcad the roles in the play w-ul symphony on the other hand performed by deaf or partly was never intended as anything hearing actors XT.

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