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Book Review by Bill Roberts
7e F&A, by Norman MailerLittle, Brown and Co.4
The latest book from Norman Mailer, one of America's
best living writers, is a report on the George Foreman
Muhammed Ali heavyweight championship fight last year in
The Fight gives a good rousing account of Ali's victory
the reader is shown to his obligatory "ringside seat". As in
his other 18 books, Mailer's main purpose is to advertise
himself and his outrageous ideas.
This time he borrows some ideas from Bantu
Phiolosphy, by Father Tempels, a Dutch missionary who
worked in what is now Zaire. "A man was not only what
he contained," Mailer barns, "but also the forces that came
to inhabit him at any moment from all things living and
Quite different forces inhabit the two boxers. Foreman
is humble, a Christian and politically silent. Ali has an ego
bigger than Mailer's and is a vocal Black Muslim leader.
Armed with the native "Zairois" philosophy and his own
thoughts, Mailer examines the "n'golo," vital force, of each
Ali is the Prince of Heaven, the professor of boxing who
fights with fidelity to his mood. His mood in Zaire is to
box exactly as one is not supposed to box: while lying on
"Still, what is genius but balance on the edge of the
impossible?" asks the reverent Mailer.
Foreman is a silent and isolated man, obviously uncom
fortable in Africa. Mailer compares his n'golo with that of a
catatonic mental patient. From our first sight of Foreman,
Mailer depicts him as oddly self-contained: "Excuse me for
not shaking hands with you," Foreman says to Mailer, "but
you see, I'm keeping my hands in my pockets."
Mailer's tendency to give importance, perhaps too much
importance, to chance events is the chief characteristic of
The reader has to judge the validity of Mailer's observa
tions. To do that, he needs to know the author, so Mailer
He dresses up his ego for public inspection every time
he writes a book. The star of The Fight is neither fighter,
but the n'golo of Norman Mailer.
on features documentaries
The Sheldon Film Theater's screening schedule this
week inlcudes three documentary films; Red Squad,
Inciting to Riot and Frame Up. In addition, the silent film,
What Price Glory and artistic documentaries, David
Hackney 's Diaries and Scenes Seen with Allen Jones will
A satirical documentary, Red Squad uncovers
potentially humorous aspects of the New York City's
Police Dept. and the FBI's New York City office.
Inciting to Riot combines fact and fiction, demonstrat
ing the effect of campus activism in the late '60s and early
70s. Film clippings from major demonstrations are shown,
including The Justice Dept., Fort Dix, Wall Street, May Day
and the Cambodian Student Strike.
Frame Up is the story of Martin Sostre, anti-war
activist and owner of the only Black Liberation bookstore
in the Buffalo, N. Y. area. The film discusses bis arrest and
imprisonment since 1967.
Red Squad, Inciting to Riot and Frame Up will be
shown Wednesday and Thursday at 7 pjn.
The Classic Silent American Film Series presentation,
What Price Glory, won director Raoul Walsh national
acclaim. The New York limes reviewed the 1926 film,
saying, "A story of wine, woman and war. The blazing
jealousy of Captain Flagg and Sergeant Quirt is vividly
pictured behind the lines, but these same soldiers forget
everything in loyalty to their flag once they step out to
What Price Glory will be screened Friday and Saturday
at 3,7 and 9 pjn.
The Contemporary Arts and Artists Series features
David Hockney 's Diaries and Scenes Seen with Allen Jones.
Diaries focuses on Hockney's photographs, sketches and
important ear!y paintings and urqwings.
Scenes reviews Allen Jones's fashion designing, graphics,
pin-up postcard collection, drawing and sculptures. Jones
is seen at a German television studio during the rehearsal
for a musical for which he had designed costumes.
David Hockney s Diaries and Scenes Seen with Allen
Jones are scheduled for Sunday at 3 pjn.
Carradine rescues play's weak spots
Theater review by Robert Thurber
A minor triumph was scored by the Lincoln Community
Playhouse this past weekend as it brought John Carradine,
in the role of Jonathan Brewster, to the stage in the 1940s
comedy hit Arsenic and Old Lace.
Carradine, whose name is household word through film
and television . industries, first performed the role of
Jonathan in 1945 and has played it ever since in both pro
fessional and non-professional productions.
It is a rare opportunity to see a legendary figure such as
Carradine perform. His eyes still possess the same mysteri
ous glint they did when he appeared in the 1939 Sherlock
Holmes film The Hound of the BaskerviHes, and his voice
still resounds with the rich baritone quality mat has
become his trademark.
John Carradine, 67, is a professional in every sense of
the word, and it showed in the Playhouse production. His
moments on stage, ably assisted by Lee Schoonover as Dr.
Einstein, were some of the finest moments in recent Play
house history. His dramatic impact and sense of timing
were enough to hold the play together, even in its weaker
Arsenic and Old Lace, which ran 1,443 performances on
Broadway after its 1941 opening, takes place in the home
of Abby and Martha Brewster, two spinster aunts who
make a habit of poisoning lonely old men who come to
their home seeking lodging.
Others in the Brewster clan include, Teddy, who pre
tends he is Theodore Roosevelt; Mortimer, a drama critic,
and Jonathan, the criminal who returns home after many
years of absence.
Marie Juffiey and Elaine Bullard provide clever charac
terizations as Abby and Martha, the two not-so-h armless
Aunts. As Teddy, Jack Frost falls considerably short. His
timing was slow and his character undeveloped.
Scott Root, as the drama critic, was stiff and uncom
fortable on stage. John Stevens excellently portrayed an
Irish cop in the third act
The set, designed by Don Yaiuk, lent just the right
amount of warmth to the play.
Arsenic end OU Lace, with John Carradine, continues at
the Playhouse tonight and tomorrow at 8 pjn.
up & comma
Sheldon Memorial Art GoJIery
12th and R- Photographs by
Wright Morris through Nov.
17; Drawings by Doug Ross
through Nov. 31; Watercot
ors by W.M. Dickerson
through Dec. 8; Christmas
Fair through Dec. 25.
Nebraska Union- 14th and R
Silk screen print show. Flam
ing Flamingo, by Mary Man
usos through Dec. 8 in the
Union main lounge. Tuesdey
the artist will give a slide lec
ture at 8 pjn. in the Union
small auditorium and an in
formal session on her work
in the Main Lounge at 2:30
pjn.; Mark Bereson folk concert-
Sheldon FCf Theater- 12th and
. R (documentary) Rad
Squad. Inciting to Riot
Fnma up- Wednesday and
Thursday- 7 pjn.; (Classic
American Silent Films) What
Prica Glory Friday and Saturday-
3, 7. 9 p.m.; (Con
temporary Arts and Artists)
David Hock nay t Dlaria and
Scenes Saan witf) Allan
Jonot- Sunday- 3 pjn.;
Kimball Recital H?V 11th and
R- Sinfonia Conceit- Moo
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New York Times (March, 1S75)
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day that man uses only a sma!i
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potential of life is not being
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awareness to the full poten
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cess is simple, natural and
universal, through Transcenden
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dry- 8 pmj Faculty Brass
Quintet- Tuesday- 8 pjn
Faculty Sax Quartet- Thursday-
8 pjm Varsity Men's
Glee Club- Friday- 8 pjn
Brass Ensemble- Sunday- 4
Haymarket Art Gallery- 119 S.
8th- Painting by Cnauacery
Nelson, Jewelry by Brenda
G Ingles and Judith Kunlc
Golks through Nov. 24;
Graphics by Charles Welch
Plana Theater- 12th and P- (Am
erican Film Thtr) Lott In
tha Swn through Thursday;
Stuart Theater 13 th and P-
Woodttock- Friday- mid
Lincoln High School Auditorium-
22nd and J- Concert
Choir and Chamber Orches
tra Concert- Tuesday- 7:30
pjn.; QUonneH Auditorium
Slit and Baldwin- Nebraska
Wesley an University Stags
Band Concert- Tuesday- 8
pjn.; Perihlnf Auditorkim
15th and N- Marshall Tucker
Band and Charlie Daniels
Band- Wednesday 8 p.mj
Emerson Recital Hall- 5 lit
and Baldwin- Susie Newcom
er voce! recital- Thursday- 8
Community Playhouear- 2SG0 S.
53Ui- wifc and Old Lac
Mondey and Tuesday- 8 pjn.
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