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6BThe Daily Tar Heel Tuesday, August 28, 1984
Union's fall film schedule
has a 'foreign flavor'
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By IVY HILLIARD
The Carolina Union's fall film schedule
offers relief for the wallet as well as relief
from the monotony of mega-budget
action and comedy flicks after a summer
of students spending big bucks for the
latest in Hollywood films.
This semester there is a distinctly
foreign flavor to the fall schedule, which
offers more than 70 films.
The schedule began with a western
double feature of Japanese director Akira
Kurosawa's Yojimbo, a 1961 tribute to
John Ford westerns, and Sergio Leone's
1966 "spaghetti western" A Fistful of
Dollars, which made Clint Eastwood a
star. The selection will finish up with
Forbidden Planet , the science fiction
version of Shakespeare's The Tempest
that made Robby the Robot a star. The
schedule certainly offers a diverse
Tori Ralston, chairperson of the Union
Film Committee, said that film selections
are governed by the same standards every
year and that the process is not biased
in favor of foreign films.
Although some upperclassmen may
recognize such films as Bergman's Persona.
(Sept. 30), Feilini's La Strada (Nov. II)
. or Truffaut's The 400 Blows (Dec. I) from
past Union showings, Ralston said they
are repeated because of their classic status.
"People are put off when they see titles
they dont recognize," Ralston said. "It
helps when youVe heard of a film."
Some well-known films included this
semester are Michelangelo Antonioni's
The Passenger (Sept. 9), starring Jack
Nicholson as a television reporter
embroiled in Third World politics;
Hitchcock's Rear Window (Oct. 19) with
James Stewart and Grace Kelly; the
Oscar-winning Fanny and Alexander
(Nov. 9), supposedly the last theatrical
film of legendary director Ingmar Berg
man; and Eric Rohmer's acclaimed sex
farce Pauline at the Beach (Dec. 8).
One change in the film scehdule this
fall is a decrease in the number of film
Three films by Joan Micklin Silver, one
of the industry's few successful woman
directors, are the subject of the semester's
This series features Between the Lines,
a 1977 film notable for its then-unknown
cast of Jeff Goldblum (The Big Chill),
Old movie classics will continue run
By STEVE CARR
This year's incoming freshmen almost
did not have a chance to view a UNC
tradition: the Carolina Classics series run
by the Carolina Theater on Franklin
The schedule is notable since the theater
is only one of three in the area to showcase
older films usually seen on television with
commercials. The other two theaters are
the Rialto in Raleigh and the Carolina
"WeVe been losing money on the series
for the past two years," said Warren Stiles,
manager of the Carolina Theatre in
Chapel Hill. "We almost didn't have a
classics schedule this year." '
Stiles and his staff, however, managed
to convince Plitt Theaters, the Carolina's
parent company, to continue scheduling
these popular Hollywood features.
The series will open Aug. 31 with
perhaps the most popular Hollywood film
of all time, Gone With the Wind, a
supreme example of storytelling tech
nique. It has a cast of thousands, lush
early Technicolor photography, and the
sweep and spectacle that still holds today's
audience enthralled for nearly four hours.
Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable and Leslie
Howard head the bill, and director Victor
Fleming was aided immensely by the
uncredited contributions of George Cukor
and producer David O. Selznick.
The Sound of Music, playing Sept. 7
13, holds the dubious distinction of being
the film every critic hated but the public
loved. Julie Andrews stars in the senti
mental story of the von Trapp family
singers in Nazi-occupied Austria.
When Rosemary's Baby first appeared
in 1968, it was a landmark horror film
that redefined the genre with its cynical
wit and graphic imagery. The Roman
Polanski shocker runs Sept. 14-20, and
stars Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and
Another man of cynical wit, Billy
Wilder, directed the next two features on
the schedule. Stalag 17 features a pow
erhouse performance by William H olden
as a disillusioned sergeant in a prisoner-of-war
camp. The film plays Sept. 21-27.
Sunset Boulevard is another Wilder
Holden teaming, but the real star here is
Gloria Swanson as an aging silent film
actress trying to make a doomed come
back. The film runs Sept. 28-Oct. 4.
Oct. 5-1 1 will see George Stevens'
version of Theodore Dreiser's novel An
American Tragedy. A Place Jn the Sun
stars Montogomery Clift as a man
infatuated with socialite Elizabeth Taylor,
but snared in an affair with lower-class
Returning from fall break, students will
be able to catch To Catch a Thief, the
bubbly Alfred Hitchcock film about a
jewel caper. The film uses Grace Kelly's
beauty and Cary Grant's comedic skill to
excellent advantage. To Catch a Thief
plays Oct. 19-25.
Lindsay Crouse (Daniel) and Marilu
Henner (Taxi), and the short film Bernice
Bobs Her Hair, based on F. Scott
Fitzgerald's story, on Sept. 13. Chilly
Scenes of Winter, based on Ann Beattie's
novel about a young bureaucrat and his
obsession with winning back his old
girlfriend, completes the festival on Sept.
Ralston said the lack of festivals was
"This fall we're doing things a little
differently," Ralston said. "Other commit
tees in the Union will be working together
to add some films to the schedule. We
hope to have speakers and related
discussions with these programs."
One such film already on the schedule
is Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our
Lives, a documentary on the experiences
of 26 people, ages 18 to 77, as gay men
and women in America. A discussion will
follow the first showing of the film on
Ralston said the film committee was
also pleased to be able to offer some hard-to-come-by
films this semester.
Two of these, Fritz Lang's M, a 1931
film with Peter Lorre as a psychotic child
murderer, and Diabolique (Oct. 31), a
1955 thriller starring Simone Signoret and
dealing with a murder in a boarding
school, are rarely shown.
The controversial Trash (Oct. 28), Andy
Warhol's portrait of the New York
subculture via a transvestite and a drug
addict, is also a seldom-seen film.
Two Australian films which helped
establish Aussie films in America are also
on the schedule. My Brilliant Career (Oct.
27) is the story of a woman in turn-of-the-century
Australia who must choose
between marriage and independence.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Dec. 6), directed
by Peter Weir, is the true story of three
schoolgirls and their teacher who myste
riously disappear, with one returning only
to have no memory of what happened.
Badlands (Oct. 18),. another infre
quently shown film, is based on a real
life string of murders in the 1950s. It
features the youthful Martin Sheen and
Sissy Spacek as well as the directorial
debut of Terrence Malick.
As a change of pace from regularly
scheduled showings, Rock and Roll. High
School will be .shown outside in the Pit
today at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.
This 1979 film about high school rebellion
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After Thanksgiving, the Carolina
Classics series will close with George
Cukor's version of A Star Is Born. This
was the film designed to be Judy Garland's
comeback vehicle, and it also contains a
strong performance by the late James
Mason. Cukor treats the timeworn plot
of the decline of a well-known actor and
the rise of his actress wife with unusual
sensitivity, and the sound of Garland's
voice in the musical numbers is more than
a testament to her talent and grace.
Stiles pointed out that a number of
these films are new prints and he hopes
he can obtain the recently restored version
of A Star Is Born.
Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and
Betty Grable star in How to Marry a
Millionaire, which plays Oct. 26-Nov. 1.
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The schedule also features a Whats Up?
Night in Great Hall Oct. 20. Those in the
mood for a slumber party, of off-the-wall
comedies will be treated, to Peter Bogda
novich's screwball comedy What's Up,
Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan
O'Neal; Woody Allen's film debut in
I965's What's New, Pussycat? with Peter
OToole and Peter Sellers; and the
demented humor of Allen's 1966 Japanese
spy movie What 's Up, Tiger Lily?
Among the three double features
scheduled, B-Movie Night on Sept. 27
offers two contenders for the title of Worst
Film Ever Made. Plan 9 From Outer
Space is an all-time low in '50s horror
movies; Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is
a spoof of this genre whose cult following
survives despite such song lyrics as "I
know I'm going to miss her A tomato
ate my sister."
The Film Committee has again sche
duled more current films as part of Friday
The sublime, lanky William Powell stars
as their prey.
Another Alfred Hitchcock film, The 39
Steps, put the director on the map in
America in .1935 with its smooth blend
of comedy and intrigue. The story of a
man wrongly accused of murder, this
feature plays Nov. 2-8.
Franco Zeffirelli directed a lush version
of Romeo and Juliet, which plays Nov.
9-15, and his rendering was the first on
film to have the star-crossed lovers played
Playing Nov. 16-22, Rebel Without a
Cause boasts a legendary James Dean
performance and a brilliant directorial
montage by Nicholas Ray which perfectly
encapsulates the energy and frustrations
of '50s youth.
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These films include such 1983 hits as
The Big . Chill (Sept. 7), which features
a gifted ensemble cast and a popular
soundtrack; Educating Rita (Sept. 21),
starring Oscar nominees Michael Caine
and Julie Walters as a boozy professor
and his uneducated protege; Zelig (Sept.
28), featuring plenty of Woody Allen's
best and cinematographer Gordon Willis'
faithful recreations of 1920s: newsreel
footage; Star 80 (Nov. 2), which explores
the life and death of Playboy playmate
Dorothy Stratten as portrayed by Mariel
Hemingway with Eric Roberts as her
violent husband; and 77ie Grey Fox (Nov.
30), a "sleeper" based on the true story
of an off-beat western hero.
A few of the films on this fall's schedule,
like Star 80 and 77ie Last Tango in Paris
(Oct. 5), which was rated X when it was
released in 1972, contain material that
might be upsetting to some viewers, but
Ralston said the film committee tries to
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on the Union's fall schedule.
let people know this in advance and take
responsibility for it.
Querelle (Nov. 12), which was the last
film of the late director Rainer Werner
Fassbinder, is a very explicit treatment
of the life of a young homosexual sailor
who betrays his lovers and commits
murder. A discussion will follow this
Oldies-but-goodies will also return,
including the 1 952 Tracy Hepburn vehicle
Pat and Mike (Oct. 7), a romantic comedy
directed by George Cukor; the 1949
musical On the Town (Nov. 18) with Gene
Kelly and - Frank Sinatra; and Frank
Capra's Oscar-winning You Can't Take
It With You (Dec. 9), starring James
Student Film Night (Nov. 29) will offer
an evening of new entertainment on a
variety of subjects by UNC filmmakers.
A grab-bag of other films rounds out
the schedule with showings of 1983's King
of Comedy (Aug. 30), starring Jerry Lewis
tries to seduce William Holden in Sunset
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as a Carson-like talk show host and
Robert DeNiro as the manic fan who
kidnaps him; 1955's Kiss Me Deadly (Oct.
6), a film noir classic with a New Wave
flavor based on one of Mickey Spillane's
Mike Hammer detective stories; 1978's A
Hero Ain't No thin' But a Sandwich (Nov.
10), starring Cicely Tyson and Paul
Winfield with child actor Larry B. Scott
as a ghetto youth who turns to drugs to
escape his problems; and 1968's In the
Year of the Pig (Nov. 1 7), a scathing attack
on American involvement in Vietnam by
documentarist Emile de Antonio.
Complete schedules ot fall films and
times for all the films are available at the
information desk in the Union. Tickets
for each Admission Night or Saturday
Matinee will go on sale the preceding
Monday. All other shows are presented
free to Union Privilege Card holders and
students with valid UNC student IDs. One
guest will be admitted with each ID