Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 28, 2000 · Page 7
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 7

Ukiah, California
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Friday, January 28, 2000
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'Oklahoma' continues Arts^Entertainment 'Hurricane' FRI., JAN. 28-SAT., JAN. 29, 2000 — A-7- * Andrew Kircher as Will Parker and Rachel Kiichli as Ado Annie in "Oklahoma!," • Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's classic American musical. Performances continue through Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Ukiah Playhouse, 1041 Low , Gap Road. Tickets are available at the Mendocino Book Company and the Ukiah Playhouse box off ice at ^62-9226. " The Lion's Game"tops best-seller list The Associated Press PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST SELLING BOOKS HARDCOVER FICTION •1. "The Lion's Game" by Nelson DeMille (Warner) 2. "Gap Creek" by Robert Morgan (Algonquin) 3. "Sick Puppy" by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf) 4. "False Memory" by Dean Koontz (Bantam) '5. "Timeline" by Michael Crichton (Knopf) 6. "Secret Honor" by W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam) 7. "The Cat Who Robbed a Bank" by Lilian Jackson Braun (Putnam) 8. "Atlantis Found" by Clive Cussler (Putnam) 9. "The Attorney" by Steve Martini (Putnam) 10. "A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks (Warner) NONFICTION/GENERAL 1. "The Rock Says..." by the Rock, with Joe Layden (Regan Books) THE. Mendocino Music Festival Presents FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS SATURDAY, FEBRUAR 8PM COTTON AUDITORIU 800 N. Harold Street Fort Bragg TICKETS Center Section $40 Sides and Balcony $30 (unreserved seating) MMF/Skunk TValn Office - Kasten at Albion, Mendocino - 937-2044 Red Rooster Records - 44951 Ukiah St., Mendocino Music Merchant - Company Store, Fort Bragg Sound Company -1030 N. State Street, Ukiah On-Llne at (Hoiwl A**UM*nc« ovWwIby • 8pon«ar«d by the OLD COAST HOTEL BAR & GRILL In Historic Downtown Fort Bregg Continued from PageA-3 aside, Lee made a powerful film with Washington - and now Jewison has made another. Washington as Hurricane Carter is spare, focused, filled with anger and pride. There is enormous force when he tells his teenage visitor and his friends, "Do not write me. Do not visit me. Find it in your hearts to not weaken me with your love." But the Canadians don't obey. They move near to Trenton State Prison, they meet with his lead defense attorneys (David Paymer and Harris Yulin), they become amateur sleuths who help take the case to the New Jersey Supreme Court in a do-or-die strategy. It always remains a little unclear, however, just exactly who the Canadians are, or what their relationship is. They're played by Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber and John Hannah, they share a household, they provide a home for Lesra, a poor African-American kid from a troubled background, and we wonder: Are they a political group? An unconventional sexual arrangement? I learn from an article by Selwyn Raab, who covered the case for the New York Times, that they were in fact a commune. Raab's article, which appeared the day before the film's New York opening, finds many faults with the facts in "The Hurricane." He says Carter's defense attorneys deserve much more credit than the Canadians. That Carter was not framed by one cop with a vendetta, but victimized by the entire system. That Carter's co-defendant John Artis (Garland Whitt) was a more considerable person than he seems in the film. That events involving the crime and the evidence have been fictionalized in the film. That Carter later married the Unger character, then divorced her. That Lesra broke with the commune when it tried for too much control of his life. News travels fast. Several people have told me dubiously that they heard the movie was "fictionalized." Well, of course it was. Those who seek the truth about a man from the film of his life might as well seek it from his loving grandmother. Most biopics, like most grandmothers, see the good in a man and demonize his enemies. They pass silently over his imprudent romances. In dramatizing his victories, they simplify them. And they provide the best roles to the most interesting characters. If they didn't, we wouldn't pay to see them. "The Hurricane" is not a documentary but a parable, in which two lives are saved by the power of the written word. We see Carter's concern early in the film that the manuscript of his book may be taken from his cell (it is protected by one of several guards who develops respect for him). We see how his own reading strengthens him; his inspirations include Malcolm X. And we see how his book, which he hoped would win his freedom,! does so^- not because of its initial sales, readers and reviews, but because one kid with a quar-' • ter is attracted to Hurricane's * photo on the cover. And then the, • book wins Lesra's freedom, too. , This is strong stuff, and I was amazed, after feeling some impa- . tience in the earlier reaches of the film, to find myself so deeply • absorbed in its second and third acts, until at the end I was blink- - ing at tears. What affects me emotionally at the movies is . never sadness, but goodness.'I • am not a weeper and have really lost it only at one film ("Do th& • Right Thing"), but when I get a..' knot in my throat it is not", because Hurricane Carter is framed, or loses two decades ih-' • prison, but that he continues to • hope, and that his suffering is the ' cause for Lesra's redemption. • ; That is the parable Jewisbrr ' • has told, aiming for it with a sure-' storyteller's art and instinct. The' experts will always tell you how-' a movie got its facts wrong (Wai-' ter Cronkite is no doubt correct that Oliver Stone's "JFK" is'a • fable). But can they tell you how ' they would have made the movite ' better? Would "The Hurricane'" ; have been stronger as the story- of two selfless lawyers doing pro' • bono work for years? And 'x ' complex network of legal injus- ' tice? And a freed prisoner and a; kid disillusioned with a com- ', mune? Maybe. Probably not. Distributed by Universal' ; Press Syndicate. \^aiv\si. vrtto iiv/i iiauivu uj will/ miu vr^/ aw IIVTT iiia i/wiv, rriiiwii i rciii) Ljj'ftutuutco Former poet laureate among nominees for awards By HILLELITALIE Associated Press Writer NEW YORK - A former U.S. poet laureate, the latest winner of Britain's Booker Prize and Argentina's most famous writer have been nominated for this year's National Book Critics Circle awards. Rita Dove, poet laureate from 1993 to 1995, was named a poetry finalist for her collection "On the Bus With Rosa Parks." South African author J.M. Coetzee, who recently won the Booker Prize for his post-apartheid novel "Disgrace," was nominated for fiction. The late Jorge Luis Borges was a finalist for criticism for his "Selected Non-Fictions," which compiles everything from movie reviews to essays on Dante, Borges, a native of Argentina- known all over the world for hrs ; surreal stories and parables, died' -in 1986. When quality counts... 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