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4 PfTTSBlTlCH POST-CAZETTEj Frt, April 6, 1984 Delightful look at U.S. through Russian eyes Williams, who learned to speak Russian for the role, gives one of his best performances yet He's utterly convincing, both as a Russian, an immigrant and as a sensitive man who clearly sees his predicament His incomparable comic timing can disappear in an instant replaced by a great vulnerability. Maria Conchita Alonso, a popular Venezuelan singer and actress, makes Iter American film debut as Lucia. Faking an Italian accent she is strong, sexy and very funny opposite Williams. Cleavant Derricks, who received raves in "Dream-girls," is the street-smart Lionel, and Alejandro Rey plays Vladimir's Cuban lawyer.

Mazursky effectively shows that there is no such thing as a real American the melting pot continues to melt His script written with Leon Capetanos, offers a vivid look at the phenomonon, and a glowing reminder of just what makes America great "Moscow on the Hudson" is a delight This film is rated for nudity and language. KGB, which knows Anatoly is a good prospect to bolt, enlists Vladimir's aid in keeping an eye on Anatoly. What they don't expect is Vladimir's defection right in the middle of Bloomingdale's. The scene is a case study in physical comedy as Vladimir crawls between cosmetic counters and tries to hide beneath the miniskirt of a pretty salesgirl. Lucia comes to his aid, as does a security guard named Lionel, who takes Vladimir home with him to Harlem.

There is another side to "Moscow on the Hudson" that balances the humor and gives the film tremendous emotional impact It's not easy for Vladimir or any immigrant to adjust to so much at once. He misses his family and his homeland. He can't find work as a musician and so is reduced to washing dishes, driving a cab, working in a McDonald's. Lucia loves him, but she is an immigrant herself, and she wants to take the easy road to the good life by marrying a successful young American. Try as he does, the obstacles could be insurmountable without Vladimir's buoyant spirit and endless optimism.

By Marylynn Uricchio ifosi-Garene Stall Wmer When you stop to think about it, can be pretty peculiar people. Take our toilet paper, the finest in the world and something we all take for -ranted. When Vladimir Ivanoff and his buddy, Anatoly, check into a Howard Johnson's on Times Square, they go bananas over the stuff. Vladimir immediately throws the spare rolls into his 'suitcase, genuinely impressed by the way 'k is scented. The television set holds an even bigger 1 surprise a porno movie.

Amazed and very interested, they plop down on the bed to watch it, and suddenly the mattress starts vibrating. As they sit there drooling and jiggling, Vladimir turns to Anatoly. "What a country," he says. And indeed, from their perspective, it is. "Moscow on (he Hudson," which opens today at the Kings Court and five suburban theaters, is a generally terrific movie about a Russian immigrant in New York.

As directed by Paul Mazursky, a jjriHiantly erratic film-maker responsi- Post-Gazette review ble for some of the best Unmarried and worst (The recent American movies, it's a sparkling, intelligent and comical view of life in the land of dreams. Robin Williams is Vladimir, a little munchnik of a guy who plays the saxophone with the Russian circus. He lives with his entire family in a one room apartment in Moscow, and on his way home he dutifully stops to wait in line for shoes that don't fit Some evenings Vladimir sneaks away to his friend Anatoly's apartment for a quick tryst with Svetlana, a bosomy blonde who wants to marry him so they can get their own apartment When Vladimir announces that the circus is going on tour to New York, she begs for something by "Jordache, Sergio Valente, anything from Calvin Klein." But Vladimir's excitement turns to apprehension when Anatoly, a clown, announces that he plans to defect The People Today in preview 'Dallas' plans a shooting By Rick Sherwood LOS ANGELES Neither "Dallas" nor "Fal-coa Crest" will air season-ending cliff-hangers until early May two weeks after the season officially ends but already their plans are becoming known. "Dallas," which set the standard for soap-opera cliff-hangers five years ago with the famed "Who Shot installment, is planning another snooting. This time, however, we won't know if JJL is the shooter or the shoo tee, because the episode will end with a group of his enemies gathered around him in his office.

The lights will go out, then a shot will be heard. "Falcon Crest" plans to use a plane crash to say goodbye for the season, and one of the passenger-stars reportedly will not make it through to next year. Highlights "The Magic of David CopperHeld VI," CBS at 8 The network is preempting "Dukes of azzard" once more, this time for another of the famed magician's specials. Joining him in his masterful feats of illusion are Heather Thomas and Bonnie Tyler (who sings as Copperfield levitates himself above the Grand Canyon). Ri-cardo Montalban hosts.

"TV's Greatest Censored Commercial Bloopers," NBC at 9 p.m.: The Peacock is trying to squeeze a little more mileage out of this tired format with a repeat of a "best of package of the show hosted by Dick Clark and Ed McMahon. A few of those involved are Johnny Carson, Ten Garr and Arnold Palmer. "Matt Houston," ABC at 10 p.m.: A murder puts Matt on the trail of a Marilyn Monroe double, which leads him to a stock-market swindle. Lee Horsley stars. Repeat.

"Benson," ABC at 8 p.m.: Benson is harassed by a robot brought to the mansion as a publicity gimmick. When the robot takes over, Benson takes things in hand. Robert Guillaume stars. Repeat. "The Master," NBC at 8 p.m.: In a new installment, the Master is framed for murder by an old war buddy.

Lee Van Cleef stars. "Webster," ABC at 8:30 p.m.: Webster's favorite baby sitter a woman from George's past shows up again. Susan Clark, Emmanuel Lewis star. "Dallas," CBS at 9 p.m.: Pam tries to rush Mark into a quick marriage, but he wants a grand affair, unlike Miss Ellie who continues to insist on a small nuptial event. Barbara Bel Geddes, Victoria Principal star.

"Masquerade," ABC at 9 p.m.: In an original installment, Lavender recruits a team of high rollers for a mission in Monte Carlo. Guest stars include Claude Akins, Lloyd Bochner, Martin Milner and Randi Oakes. "Falcon Crest," CBS at 10 p.m.: Death looms over the Gioberti household as Maggie undergoes surgery. Robert Foxworth, Susan Sullivan star. "Tonight Show," NBC at 11:30 p.m.: George Segal, Roberta Flack guest.

"Friday Night Videos," NBC at 12:30 a.m.: An interview with members of Durari Duran plus a look at some of their popular videos. And videos by Yes, Cyndi Lauper and Billy mwsSir mm Joe Namath 'Raisin' satisfies Iplle's hunger (Continued from Page 33) Carjer, are also actresses, and they formed a drama group within the family that "you had to be 2 to join," Rolle remembers. 'S had a ball growing up in a big family. We were poor monetarily, but rich otherwise. We entertained each other, just had a good time sitting, talking and laughing.

That we still do today. Wherever we gather, no matter how formal, within half an hour we all migrate to the kitchen. It's that warm spot where everything happens. I guess it's just a hangover from when we were younger and had a huge kitchen." Her upbringing had an effect on the shape of "Good Times," explains Rolle. "It was a damn good show when we started it, but it petered out into something silly.

I was damn proud of it. I insisted they give me a husband, so we were the first black couple on television. I had a wonderful father, and I was of the way black fathers were overlooked as if $ey weren't there, or as if black mothers were all Virgin Marys. ftolle, who lives in Los Angeles, is active in many charities and in the National Organization foij Women. Her interests are reflected in her careful choice of roles and material.

fl'm researching something for my one-wom-an show. It's hard to get to do things, especially if you're not going to be a madam or prostitute or killer. All this pornography, it seems endless. I don't consider myself a prude, but after you get to be 18 or 25, you know what the human body looks like. Then you wonder how it happens when you hear about a mass killer.

''Many people argue that that isn't true, that nobody is influenced by watching this on television. But you send a kid to Sunday school, that influences him. You go shopping with a kid and he wants that kind of cereal because he saw it on television, and even if you know it's all sugar, you haje to buy it. JSo I don't understand how a rational person says that these things don't influence them because they do. I don't know why, but our society degrades women so." Rolle's image is such that she has become a role model of sorts, and a mother figure to many yong black children.

I get a lot of letters from children who say they wish I was their mother. Heartbreaking, some of them, saying, 'Can I come and stay? I can cook and clean and won't be any That's why I try to share myself with so many Mini-series looks at real Washington (Continued from Page 33) "I spent the first three weeks on his physical look, not his internal life," the actor said. "Washington was impeccable in his dress. He was conservative, wore nothing As for the rest, Bostwick said, "I played it moment to moment. I got into no great depth on the Battle of Yorktown until the week before we did it.

The farewell to the officers was shot at the end of the first week. I lined up the other actors and said, Tell me what our relationship His impressions of Washington's character? "I'd use a lot of single words honesty, integrity, honor, shyness, ambition. He started life poor in a family used to having some station in life. He was a hungry man, hungry for everything. That became tempered as he went on." One other factor was important in Washington's development, too, according to Fielder.

"Flexner felt very strongly that his control of his physical passion for Sally Fairfax so strengthened him that later, during the war years, he was able to control the dissension within the ranks." Some people also believe Washington also may have married Martha, a well-off widow, for her money. But the mini-series shows a couple who were much in love. "There was very little research material available about Martha," said Patty Duke Astin, who plays the role in the film. "In the 18th century, people didn't write much about women. She was the woman behind the man.

She was not in the forefront, nor was she expected to be." How did Martha relate to Sally Fairfax? "I'm not sure they sat around dishing the dirt but they were very friendly. One helped the other. I don't think that Martha's intuitive sense of George's love for Sally would have interfered with her behavior toward her." Nor did it affect Martha's attitude toward George, according to Astin. "The woman adored that man, the way I played her." Both Astin and Bostwick indicated interest in doing the sequel, should one come about. "I've always been a bug about history but the commercial aspects of TV haven't allowed us to get into it," said Gerber, whose other TV productions include "The Last Days of Pompeii." If the mini-series succeeds, Gerber would like to produce similar shows about other historical figures, such as Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson or perhaps Alexander Hamilton.

And if it doesn't succeed, Gerber said, his next project could be somewhat different. "It'll be 'The Last Days of Gerber, he said, laughing. Rehab for Namath Joe Namath, 40, a native of Beaver Falls and a former professional football quarterback, was ordered to attend alcohol rehabilitation classes after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge, according to prosecutor Anna Lopez in Beverly Hills, Calif. Namath also was fined $390 and ordered to drive only to and from work for 90 days, Lopez said. Namath, who has worked as an actor since retiring from football, was arrested in August after being stopped by California Highway Patrol officers on a Beverly Hills street.

Keach arrested Stacy Keach, TV's private eye, Mike Hammer, was released on bail after spending a night in a London jail on a charge of importing cocaine, authorities say. Keach, 42, arrested at Heathrow Airport Tuesday, was released Wednesday after paying a cash bail of $100,100. Keach, in France filming a mini-series based on Judith Krantz's "Mistral's Daughter," had flown to London for one day to rework soundtracks for the Mike Hammer series, according to his London agents, Rogers and Cowan. He was charged with importing $7,500 worth of cocaine. His secretary, Deborah Steel-er, 40, faces a similar charge, and both were ordered to return to court next month.

Hauptmann case kaput U.S. District Judge Frederick B. Lacey dismissed the final issues of a wrongful-death suit brought by the widow of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, executed for the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the baby son of aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. Lacey said most of Anna Hauptmann's case against the state, the federal government and the Hearst Corp.

was filed too late. Last Aug. 11, Lacey dismised the bulk of the case brought by Hauptmann, 85. ruling there was little or no evidence to support her charge state officials for 50 years had engineered a huge cover-up to conceal the truth in the case. Tale of the dragon Burr Tillstrom, 65, is trying his hand for the first time at one of the oldest forms of children's entertainment the fairy tale.

"The Dragon Who Lived Downstairs," written by Tillstrom and illustrated by Michigan artist David Small, is being published this month by William Morrow and Co. Inc. It is his first venture into print. "Writing is the hardest of the arts for me," he said. Tillstrom, creator of television puppets Kukla and Ollie, said in a recent telephone interview from his retreat in Saugutuck, "We never used a prepared script for the television show, and I still don't use one for my live performances." By Vince Leonard 0 reate SERVING UP SHRIMP ATA SPECIAL PRICE Build your own home and let your personality shine through with your own designs.

For a place to build it, look under "Lots for Sale" in today's classified ads. Pittsburgh's Youth Orchestra turns 30 $700,000 Worth of Excitement! CLIP ft SAVE (Continued from Page 33) I'v got the best youth orchestra that I've experienced in this city." And what are the rewards for Lankester who is in demand as a guest conductor in this country and abroad? 'Tapping their enthusiasm. It's terrific You do a piece with a youth orchestra, say a Beethoven symphony, that a professional orchestra has probably done two to three hundred times. You can see it In their faces. To expose them to great mflsic is very rewarding because it's the time in their lives they're meeting wljat to you and me may be an old wrhorse.

I get a real thrill out of that. 'A strange thing happens with a nonprofessional orchestra. The individual members achieve a greater standard of playing than they could achieve if they were just playing by themselves. I think there's something infectious the spirit of enthusiasm takes over. Somehow the quality of the music drags them up to even higher standards than they thought they were capable of." Contrary to what people may believe, working with a youth orchestra can require more effort than working with a professional orchestra.

"You know the professional orchestra can play the music that's put in front of them. With a youth orchestra you're constantly thinking, 'Will they be able to play It's constantly challenging and that very challenge is what makes you take it very seriously." Lankester has a couple of fast rules when he works with the Youth Symphony. No parents or teachers are permitted to attend auditions, nor rehearsals if the musician is a soloist. "It's not because of what the parents will do or say, but because that child has to get up on the platform by himself. We are working together in a professional relationship.

It's to put the child at ease, make him stand on his own two feet. It's important to respect the players whether they're 7 or 70 years old Lankester, who signs seperate contracts with the PSO and the Youth Symphony, recently returned to Pittsburgh from a visit to his native London, where he spends part of each year conducting. He's just finished some concerts in Scotland, and leaves soon for Fort Worth, Texas. Then it's back to Pittsburgh to conduct the PSO subscrip- tion concerts April 20 and 21. By Marylynn Uricchio Oar SHRIMP ate people moveit.

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