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Court and Spark. Joni Mitchell'
Joni Mitchell never ceases to surprise her listeners. Her
newest album is always her best, and she's always trying
Several approaches are used on Court and Spark; heavy
orchestration, for example. The lyrics are much more
personal, and, disappointingly, Mitchell is singing in a lower
But the biggest surprise is the inclusion of a scng not
written by Mitchell, which probably is a first. 'Twisted" is
an old jazz classic once made famous by Annie Ross of
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Mitchell does a superb job
with it, changing the approach but retaining the humor.
It's natural to contrast "Twisted" with the. preceding
cut, "Troubled Child." Both deal with madness, and
Mitchell uses the contrasts effectively. In fact, the whole
album gets into dualities-sanity and insanity, trust and
paranoia, security and insecurity. Ambivalence seems to be
the prevailing theme of this record.
But the lyrics aren't the only part of the album that is
good. Mitchell's taste, knowledge and use of music are as
good as anyone's. She utilizes her musicality,
instrumentally and vocally, to the extent that her guitar
and piano seem to acquire voices and her voice attains an
It's beautiful, lyrical and, once more, her best album.
The Saxophone, Various artists
Impulse Records has been releasing so much good jazz in
the last three months, there is hardly time to review all the
But this one can't be overlooked; it's a super collection
of important sax players doing some dynamite music.
Featured are Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Sonny
Rollins, Gato Barbieri, Sam Rivers, John Coltrane, Ben
Webster and many more.
Jhe 3-record set covers the trends of the saxophone and
music during the last 12 years. The liner notes are
extremely educational, giving biographies of individual
performers, saxophone history and evolution of styles.
The music ranges fromjold favorites to two entirety new
cuts. AM. but lour of the cuts are , takenfronx previous
Impulse recordings. The exceptions are the cuts by Lester '
Young, Charlie Parker, Gato Barbieri and Sam Rivers.
It's a marvelous collection of superstars and their music.
Arts program advice Sought
UNL students now have a chance to voice
their preferences for which performing arts
groups they would like to see brought to
The Cultural Affairs Committee currently is
planning the 1974-75 series. It specifically
wants recommendations of dance troupes,
theater companies and musical solists or
Ron Bowl in, cultural affairs coordinator, has
asked that suggestions be given to him at
Westbrook 113. Bowiin said recommendations
should be made within three weeks.
The Cultural Affairs Committee, organized
in 1972, is an all-campus committee composed
of students, faculty and staff members. During
1973-74, it has sponsored the Performing Arts
Series and will sponsor the St. Lot-is Symphony
Residency and a 1 -woman show by actress
Viveca Lindfors later this spring.
of Rin Fin Fin ?
It is amazing, almost appalling, that The Day of the Dolphin
was directed by Mike Nichols. That's right, Mike (Who's Afraid
of Virginia Woolf, The Graduate, Carnal Knowledge) Nichols.
Certainly there has been a recent trend away from message
films to more stable, audience capturing entertainment But why
would a director noted for his portrayals of. a decaying middle
class turn to a story of two talking dolphins who are deceived
into an attempt to kill the president of the United States?
Remember those old 6-part Rin Tin Tin or Lassie TV special
when the dog would be separated or stolen from its master and
put through all kinds of adventures before working its way home?
The Day of the Dolphin fits into that genre. It's so melodramatic
that if it were chopped into parts, it would be the greatest movie
serial ever made.
Nichols took a great actor (George C. Scott), put him in a
Ranger Corey Stewart role and added some scientific garble and a
lot of jnderwater photography. The best things in the film are, of
course, the two dolphins, Alpha and Beta (Pha and B for short).
We can forgive them because they knew not what they were
doing. Or did they? Dolphins are extremely intelligent.
It is said tnat when the film was being shot, the two dolphins
could distinguish, by name and position, various actors, the writer
and the director. Some of their perceptions are so human like
(despite their ridiculous dubbed voices) that they seem exploited.
Even though the rest of Buck Henry's script is bad enough, by
the end of the film marly all the dialog. .has lapsed Jnta things
like "Pa (Scott) love Pha. Pa love B. Pha go stop B. Bring B to
Pa." Pity an actor like Scott having to say lines like that, or,
worse yet, an innocent dolphin having to listen to them.
In 4 siS'y sort of way, The Day of the Dolphin is an
entdfiaVriirig movie." Like" the Poseidon Adventures, it is a godd,
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If ever there was a cartoon with imagination, it is Fantastic
Planet. This animated science fiction film shows the necessity for
peace between two different life forms who become equally
Created by Rene Leloux, this Czech film won the 1973 Grand
Prix Award at Cannes. The story tells of a planet ruled by Drogs,
a race of blue-skinned giants who domesticate Oms, tiny human
beings, and use them as playthings.
The animation in Fantastic Planet is adequate, but stilted. It's
not half as good as the 1937 Krazy Kat cartoon that precedes it
which, by the way, makes this program worth seeing.
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The sudden yearnings of the West for the spirtual teach ine-s and wisdom
vi uic tiH nave put many on a scarcn tor tncir own guru. S UNSEED is
the first feature Mm which provides a fascin
ating overview of the many approaches that arc
available, introducing us to ten influential
and respected spirtual teachers; Swami
Satchedananda, Baba Ram Dass, Murshid
Samuel L. Lewis, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach,
Swarri Muktananda, Yogi Bkajan, Lama
Anagarika Govinda, Sri Bhagavan, Maharaji
Virsa Singh, and Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. From
Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism to Suffism, these
teachers give us their own personal approaches
to spirtual enlightenment.
TODAY 3, 7, & 9 P.M.
Thursday, fcbrusiy 14, 1974
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