2 Weekender Friday, October 14, 1977
Movies effective, but lack bravado
African colonization, Boston newspaper
What sets Black And White In Color apart
from most films depicting colonialist
attitudes towards race relations is the film's
lack of bravado.
Not that the film isn't effective Black
And White In Color is frequently chilling in
its treatment of white dominance on the
Ivory Coast before World War I. But
director Jean-Jacques Annaud lends a
relaxed, but assured hand to his film without
resorting to blatant didacticism.
Black and While In Color is not a great
film (despite winning an Oscar over Seven
Beauties, which is a great film), but it is
certainly a worthwhile one. You can't help
but be moved by Annaud's earnest contempt
Black and White in Color
Between the Lines
By HASK BAKER
and horror at the way the French and
German colonialists feel about their racial
superiority and how they use the frequently
willing natives for corrupt purposes.
The hazy color at the film's beginning
gives us a sense of the lazy, meaningless lives
the French neo-bourgeois colonialists have
at their outpost. The local commander sits
alone and drinks, one woman struts around
whorishly and a young ex-student refers to
the blacks as "almost men."
Once, the news of World War 1 reaches the
French, however, they immediately put
together a ragtag army of natives to attack
the German outpost, resulting in a
The young student, named Fresnoy; is
against the attack from the beginning. But
once it is obvious that the French are in
danger of a counter-attack, Fresnoy emerges
as the one competent leader of the group.
Instead of throwing an army together like
before, he uses all sorts of tactics, brutal and
otherwise, to enlist as many natives as he
can. The cold-bloodedness of his technique
allows him to soon dominate not only his
black army, but his compatriots as well.
From here, the film moves toward its
chillingly ironic climax.
Annaud has an eye for detail that is
frequently marvelous: a native's indignity at
being cheated by French priests selling relics.
the purple color of the French general store
(which is as out of place in its surroundings
as the French are).
Claude Agostini's cinematography
captures both the film's contrasting moods
(the perfrectly drilled black soldiers against
the hazy backdrop) and the horror of the
battle sequences. But Annaud falters in his
teatment of the characters. He is indeed to be
credited for not only showing how the
French, German and English equally exploit
the natives, but also for demonstrating how
most of the blacks allow themselves to be
used and turned into a facsimile of another
But Annaud's treatment of the French is
questionable. His depiction of Fresnoy's
metamorphosis into an authoritarian
militarist is gripping and controlled. But the
other, more foolish bourgeois inhabitants
are not developed well.
Their decision to put together a native
army (unused to military weapons) within 24
hours is just too idiotic a decision to believe.
Without such finer shadings, it's hard to
totally give yourself over to Annaud's point
of view. He is clearly trying to be as subtle
and honest as he can, and his ardor is
rewarding even when his judgment is not.
Joan Micklin Sliver's judgment is a bit
more off target. Her new film. Between Vie
Lines, is this year's first cinematic
anachronism. I suppose that radical
newspapers like the Back Bay Mainline (the
newspaper in the film ) still exist, but to make
a film about the deradicalization of youth
and set it in 1976 is a mistake. The
disillusionment with the radical '60s spirit
was well-nigh complete around the early
'70s. Between The Lines is set about six years
I'm not trying to minimize the importance
of deradicalization as a subject the death of
the counter-culture and today's
lackasdasical, almost contemptuous,
attitude toward it. This subject would be
great for a film, but Silver isn't up to it.
Between The Lines offers more on the
ideas behind deradicalization, but the
insights are haphazard. Harry (John Heard),
who has been with the paper since the
beginning, is not as impassioned as he once
was, and there are intimations that the paper
is about to be bought by a newspaper
The bulk of the film is the various
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interactions, romantic and otherwise,
among the staff at the paper. These scenes
are frequently enjoyable and interesting.
I think Silver's chief problem is her
hesitancy to really grasp her ideas. She
concentrates more on the characters'
personal lives, yet she fails to show us the
relevance the interactions have to what she is
trying to get across.
W hen most of the staff decides to stay on
even after the paper is bought, the point is ill-
By MACK RAY
Dip's Country Kitchen in Chapel Hill
features traditional Southern-style cooking
at low prices. Carolina natives will
appreciate a place that serves their favorite
down-home victuals, and Yankees in exile
may find Dip's an edifying cultural and
Dip's is located on Rosemary Street, next
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to 9 pm. Monday through Thursday. 7 a.m.
--Dip's County Kitchen-
405 W. Rosemary
to midnight Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.
to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The breakfast menu
includes country ham. sausage, any style
eggs, salmon croquettes and cheddar cheese
omlets. There is a lunch special every day. in
addition to plate lunches, burgers and
barbecue sandwiches. Dinner entrees
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r cornbread. lor a maximum pr ice of $3.
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The choice of vegetables includes potatoes
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Friday and Saturday
prepared, particularly since some of the
writers consistently act as though they'd quit
on the spot. The only two consistent
characters are the two that leave one quits
and another is fired.
Between The Lines does mark an
improvement on some of Silver's talents.
Kenneth van Sickle's photography is more
professional this time (though some of the
camera placements are amateurish) and the
quality of the acting is high.
Dip's Country Kitchen, where you can
go when the craving for home cooKea
chicken or barbecue strikes.
pies, such as apple, pecan, coconut, and
sweet potato pie is offered.
Dip's is a little far from campus, but well
worth the effort to get there. Residents J
Carrboro should check into Dip's for a
hearty breakfast before class. Service is
sometimes slow, and the stark decor is
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