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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, March 23, 1972
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.11. .prrrsnrnr.il rosT.r.zrrrF: TiirnsinY, Mr.nr 2.3, 10:2 tinillUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMIIIIIIinillllllltlMIIIIIIIIIIIMMIIMIMMIIIIIMIHIIIIIItlllltllllll SPECIAL STUDENT DISCOUNT SPECIAL STUDENT RUSH By GEORGE ANDERSON jtM. 4. ;,'Jl'ST A little ovrr a vr;ir apn, Para-j' Jnoiint struck gnld with a movie vrmnn i of a brst-spllor Crillod "I.mr Story." This year the studio is repeating history with J anolhcr film from a popular novel. Ji - "The Godfather," which opened yes-j trrrlay at the Warner at the rxtraordi-1 nary hour of 9 a. in , may seem to have j little in common with Erich Segal's brief book. J But, luckily for Paramount, the films ! dn share at least two qualities: They are j both based on books that almost every- body read, and t liny are both films which manage to be remarkable screen equiva-i lents of the books which inspired them. That's lhe key to com men ial success In both cases, I belies e. "The Godfather" is probably the most fcant-to-soc movie of the year for the public, so young director-writer Francis Ford Coppola has tackled an exceptionally difficult job in translating Mario Puzo's hefty tome into film terms. lie has succeeded in doing so with a fidelity beyond what we reasonably could expect. 1 "Jut . more important, he has made a fine lihn which lives on its own terms, which succeeds as stirring cinema, and which occasionally conveys something more than just superlical entertainment. AS EVERYONE surely must know, the story of "The Godfather" concerns the life of a Mafia family from the mid-10's to the niid-70s, concentrating particularly on a prolonged gang war between rival families. The screenplay by Coppola and Puzo concentrates on the decline of the rider Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) and the ascension of his son Michael (Al Pacino). 'The. Godfather9 Opens at the Warner Much of the movie, therefore, has a brooding autumnal quality which may surprise audiences in the light of the murh-puhlirizcd violence of the story, Coppola has emphasized this melancholy portrait of the aging Don by using a strangely weathered color scheme which makes the movie look like a product of the period it portrays. In this respect, he does in a big commercial Technicolor movie what Peter Bogdano-vich did in a small black-and-white film, "The Last Picture Show." Rrando's performance, a low-keyed but intense portrayal of a man who seems to be dying from the first moment we see him, is an interesting bit of characterization. Because none of Brando's performances over the last 10 years was as bad as many reviews said they were, I'm not surprised that this one isn't as great as its advance notice. There was little surprise for me, also, in Al Pacino's strong performance as Michael, the college boy and war hero who becomes the ruthless rackets boss. I thought Pacino was brilliant in last year's underrated "Panie in Needle Park," and he merely reinforces that impression here. AS FOR the violence, it is imaginatively staged, wholly appropriate and remarkably convincing. Coppola manages to make each gangland slaying distinctive and cleverly arranged, so that the film's many lawless executions become more than just a parade of similar homicides. Much of the film's underlying substance goes unstated, but it is all there, through a wealth of detail. The cultural and Tamilian tradition, the passionate sense of honor, the never-questioned contradictions that unite to form the Mafia code are all present, if not articulated. Coppola has also been highly successful in re-creating the period of his film. The clothes, the cars, the billboards, the thousand little items which contribute to an overall visual impact are without detectable flaw. THE ENORMOUS cast of characters has been pared to manageable propor tions, while still retaining the sense of epic swirl in a story that seems to span generations. For example, the much discussed character of singer Johnny Fontane (Al Martino) appears in only two scenes, but he's a peripheral figure at best. The general level of performance, however, is excellent. James Caan as the hot-bloodied Sonny, Robert Duvall as the omnipresent counsel, Richard Castellano as the cold-blooded yet ironically likeable killer Clcmcna are especially good. Commendable in cameos are Sterling Hayden as a crooked police captain, John Marley as the studio head, and Morgana King as Mrs. Corleone. But, the whole look and demeanor of the cast from principal to walk-on is perfect. Nino Rota has created a fine, sentimental score which sounds like it came from an early Fellini film. "The Godfather" is, of course, not a great film. It was not a great book. But, it is a good, satisfying, entertainment with some sequences that rise above even this admirable level. Tomorrow Evening at 8:30 Saturday Matinee at 2:00 Saturday Evening at 8:30 ii " ' iff mi Vvv f" mm r i 5 i Mil re 'tr-PixU .; j-,:--;; 'I firs j 'iXfcv V hi t:m " J ft MrV v - . iO If I f Tr. : L ' v ' III I f VU - 'V - V l4 Rll I Matinee at 2:00 , ' ' ' ' 1 I f I . 4 - ; , ' ' " ' h V 1 ' ( - x':' ' ' A 20 OFF ALL TICKETS with Validated Student 10 Card V j ? I Companies Joined Jose Greco and his Spanish dance company have joined with Nana I.orca and her flamenco dance theater. The two dance directors and their companies will he seen in concert Saturday In Carnegie Music Hull, sponsored by International Theater. painstakingly revealed by Coppola iiiiifiiiifiiiiriiiiiifiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiifiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifiiiifiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiMiifitiiri It Happened Last Night By EARL WILSON 0 Mr. Wilson NEW YORK - I don't want to deflate Richard Rodgers, but Mary Martin, who flew up here from her ranch in Brazil to sing at a c e le b ration for him Sunday night, has been rehcars-ing for 2' 2 years before a n audience of 7,500 chickens who cackled their applause. "They loved my singing they gave me a standing ovationit was easy as they were already on their feet," declared the gal from Weather-ford, Tex., adding that it was the only singing she's done since she and Richard Halli-day, her husband, took to the Then I cr ("lock ON STAGE BEN GROSS - Rl. W. Don Brockett'8 Swpfl I-ppI " Tnmghl ot 9:30. BUHL PLANETARIUM - "Spinoff from Sixice" nt 2:15 onri 8:15. PITTSBURGH PLAYHOUSE - "CoetuS Flower lorlov ot 2 and 11:40. TWIN COACHES - Rt. SI, "Mam." Tonight al 8.30. ON SCREEN CHATHAM CINEMA - Malcolm McDowell onr) Polrick Mnqcp In "Clockwork Oranae " a1 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:30 onr) 10 ENCORE - Innc Fondo ond Donald Sutherland In ' Klutp" at 6, 8, and 10. FIFSTA - Rnibra Strplsand and Rvan O Npal In "What's Up Doc?" at 2, 4, A. 8 and 10. PORUM - Jonp Fonda and Donald Sutherland in "Klutp" ot 6, 8 and 10. FULTON - r,POrne C Scott and Diana Rioo in "The Hosuitol" at 12, 2, 4, 6, R and 10. FULTON MINI - "The School Gills" ot 1, 2 45, 4.30. 6: 15, 8 Ofld 9.50. GATEWAY - Oliver Rood and Jill St. John in "Silting large!" at 12, 2, 4, , 8 and 10. GUILD - "The Docameion" ot , 7:50 Olid 9.40. KINGS COURT - Tlmnlhy Pnltom? and ip'l Riidops In "The Lost Picluie Show" at 6, 8 and 10. MANOR - "Fiddler on the Root" Innisht ot 8 30. SHAOYSIDF - Cone Hockmon In "Th f -onrh ( onnection" at 6, P and 10. JOUIKREL HILL - LI70 AAinnelli and Mchop York in "Cobaiot" ot 1, 3:10, 5 '.'n. ; ':o ond 9 -40 TANLEY "Mmk of the Devil" af 12, ?. 4 ond 10. WARNER - Marlon Rrondo ond James rinn in "The Oodlalhcr" al 9, 12, 3, 6 and 9. ranch life. Miss Martin will undoubtedly sing "t Gotta Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy." The Halli- days have been visiting their grandchildren here and in Connecticut, and the differ ence they notice in New York is the smoky air. "When we go back to Brazil," she said, "we'll have to get used to fresh, clean air again." THE TERRIBLE slander about NY fearing to go out rights is riddled. The Stage Delicatessen, 54th & 7th, which never closes except on Jewish holidays, has been having waiting lines at 5 a. m., evidently because "The Godfather" ends its last show at 4 to 5 a. rrv The picture will break all records for money taken in and may make NY a late town again. Holy Godfather! Eva Gabor left her latest boy friend in California and is going back to her recent husband Dick Brown in London to try it all over again. So we heard in busy Spring Night EI Morocco. A big corporation polled employees on the 4-day week and found most of the wives were against it they didn't want their husbands home that much . . . Gretchen Wyler, "standby" almost two years in "Applause," without going on once, had her company become associate producer of "Love Me, Love My Children" . . . Diana Sands phoned her mother from the Grenadier to say Mama'd have to handle their baby-sitting service l .J 3? National IMavcrs Al Scion Hill The National Players will perform at Seton Hill College, Grecnsburg, M o n d a y, presenting Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" at 12 o'clock and Molicre's "The Miser" at 8 p. m. The Players, the oldest touring theatrical repertory company in U.S. today, have per formed in almost every state across the country. The public is invited. MOW flPF ML TICKETS 1-HR. 5O0 OFF Befor, A Pel.fj. HEINZ HALL 4 o!S'! TOM'W a3o SAT. 153 SUN. Jo BALLET THEATRE FOUNDATION. INC , SHEAWIN M GOLDMAN, MESIDIKT ID IllOtlllH" H riHI0Uln .lull innin, p AlfBSlIiAT UCIA CHASE antf .'Willi A KSS sui j ji ni:Tii: THE OFFICIAL COMPANT OF THE JOHN f KENNEOf CENTER FO THE PERFORMING ARTS, WASHINGTON, D C. GISELLE Makarova, Naty GISELLE - D'Antuonp, Kivitt THE RIVER Smuin FALL RIVER LEGEND - WiKon. Young, Chase ETUOES Gregory, tilipov, Hgy FANCY FREE - Balniiph. Orr, Horvath LA fILLE MAI GARDEE Mdkdrova, Kivitt, Filipov Programs Subect To Chang PRICES: Cram) Tier $1?50: Difss Circle $12.50; Orrh. (middle) 1? 50; Orrh. (front) $10 00; Oirh. (rem) $10 00; family Circle. 10.00, .0O; Gallery $b.0O, 4 00. Tirkels available at Hem; Hall Box Office ind at (II licketron outlets. Call 922 5300 or J91-4100, et. 8W. rjiinnu'nnBgrin a screwball comedy emerberthennr 'top? hu3tUcTiOn mmm TLCHNiCOLCK rr. .( o- Pros., A V'i'drnerCommuniCiil'Ons Company fiS NOW SHOWING! 3 Hrs. Fret Parking Eves. & Sun. in Building COLOR BY DE LUXE"1 w III ERIC BURNS The television personality and satirist will co-star with Natalie DiSilvin and Frank Klingen-smith in "Three's Company," new musical revue opening Saturday at Beck's Upstairs Room on Greentree Road. alone Diana'll make a movie in Beirut. PITTSBURGH'S BEST ADULT ACTION MOVIES NEW SHOW EVERY FRIDAY ADULT THEATRE GMIImiom 19 1 M K Mldfilfl MiUt f UK IS7 llbertf aowrrt'e Plmbf. ' -it- ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS Best Picture Best Direction Best Screenplay Best Editing Today oh 12:20, 2:40, , 7:30, 10 "-A-"""n'ifJinul CHATHAM at Chatham Center 261-1001 F;sm V.'a-r Bros. 25o lndor Ptrkinc! EvfniriKt Allir 5 P. M. Sal., Sun. I Holiday! Alter I P.M. Indoor Thiatrt Entranci From 6araf Rii Liol. ! Tf'-. NOW! PHONE THEATER DIRtCT FOR SHOWTIMf XjT,iTTlJtJUIKKIKZIXJll)l))LB.AXlJllJtJ j2'"i Hrs. Free Parking Eves. & Sun. iBfSo c'ecret' Garages Downtown DOWNTOWN it. THE THINGS THAT TEEN-AGE GIRLS LEARN IN SCHOOL... THAT AREN'T IN BOOKS! """"S LAST 6 DAYS! UO WNIOWN ACADEMY AWARD nominee BEST ACTOR GEO. C. SCOTT J hiri Hill h:- ' ' n iiaumi in I'l ',,'iSiftii IX; tuujK o.iily: 6. 7:50. 9:10 Sat. Sun. 2 0. 4:0?. f OS. B PS. 10 01 TONIGHT 8:30 P.M. i NOMINATED FOR 8 5 ACADEMY AWARDS 1 INCL. BEST PICTURE Stats Or) Sal At Bon Office Or At Any Associated Theatre For Group Sales & Theafre Parties Call Mn. 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