MACLEAN'S REVIEWS

CHECKLISTINGS

November 1 1968
MACLEAN'S REVIEWS

CHECKLISTINGS

November 1 1968

CHECKLISTINGS

BOOKS

This Is Trudeau by John D. Harbron (Longmans, $5.50 hardcover, $1.50 paperback) and Trudeau: A Man For Tomorrow by Douglas Stuebing, John Marshall and Gary Oakes (Clarke, Irwin, $1.95 paperback): The impending flood of Trudeau books is off to a soggy start. John Harbron reveals that he swam in the Chateau Laurier pool with Pierre, had breakfast with him on an aircraft, and has it on good authority that the PM is not a Communist. A trio of Toronto Telegram reporters, somewhat better organized and less awed, tell us most of the things we already know about Trudeau from newspapers and magazines. But it’s nice to have all the information in one place.

* Smallwood: The Unlikely Revolutionary by Richard Gwyn (McClelland and Stewart, $10): Joey Smallwood — an ex-New York reporter, ex-Zionist, ex-radical socialist and soon to be

ex-premier — has his measure taken by ex - Time writer Richard Gwyn (above) in this good biography. Smallwood emerges as both dictatorial demagogue and savior of Newfoundland who has assured a firm future for his island people.

^ The Taming of the Canadian West

by Frank Rasky (McClelland and Stewart, $14.95): The Canadian West wasn’t as wild as the American, but it wasn’t as dull as most historians make it, either. Frank Rasky resurrects some colorful characters and bizarre incidents in this galloping survey of Indians, explorers, fur traders and railway builders. It’s a handsome picture book, too, with 53 full-color plates and rare photographs.

** War and Peace in the Global Village by Marshall McLuhan, with graphics by Quentin Fiore (Bantam paperback, $ 1.45; McGraw-Hill hardcover, $5.95): Marshall McLuhan once again plugs into the cosmic circuits of the electric universe and comes up with more apocalyptic visions. Among the oracle’s more provocative insights: New York will be dismantled within 10 years; the stirrup was one of the most

important inventions in history; because of television, we’re entering an economic slump far worse than the depression of the 1930s (which was caused by radio); every new technology necessitates a new war; and this news about the miniskirt: “As our world moves from hardware to software the miniskirt is a major effort to reprogram our sensory lives in a tribal pattern of tactility and involvement.” It’s all great fun.

RECORDS

Hair: For the disappointed myriads who’ll never see Broadway’s in-thenude, sold-out, acid-rock musical, RCA Victor has issued a good-sounding consolation. It’s the original cast recording of the pro-sex* * pro-drugs, anti-establishment, tribal love-rock happening. Even if you happen to have a shorn pate you might enjoy this “curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty, knotted, twisted, beaded, braided, powdered, flowered” Hair. (LSO-1150)

* Cheap Thrills (Big Brother And The Holding Company): A showcase for the leading female rock singer of 1968, Janis Joplin. She wails, screams, and rasps with little sensitivity for the lyric but with great feeling for the music. The rest of the group is ineffectual, vocally and instrumentally. (Columbia KCS 9700)

* Late Again (Peter, Paul and Mary): Originally a folk trio, PP & M are now three voices accompanied by a full orchestra and several rock musicians, singing contemporary (but not folk) songs. The old commercial ‘folky’ quality is still there, despite the over-orchestration, but some of their messages by now are dreadfully familiar. (Warner Bros.-Seven Arts WS 1751)

*" Onward The Establishment (The Brothers-In-Law): The “satirical” lyrics are almost as fresh and clever as last year’s Farmer’s Almanac; the tunes, including the so-called originals, are drearily familiar; and the performance proves we need stricter laws to control the sale of mail-order guitars. If this can be passed off as Canadian humor, the joke is on all of us. (ARC AS267 )

Greensleeves: For a lush, 19thcentury package of meditative melodies, try a recent Columbia confection by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. Romantic ripeness abounds in the title piece, ornamented by Vaughan Williams, as in pastoral elegies, sugarplums and meaty morsels by Grieg, Schubert, Mascagni, Rachmaninoff et al. (MS 7103)

*" Rossini Strings: After winning England’s Audio 67 Award, this exceptional disc of string sonatas, already

a British best-seller, has just been released in Canada. Brimful of infectious tunes and turned to perfection by the Academy of Saint Martin-in-theFields, these effervescent pieces heap flattery on Rossini (who was 12 when he composed them) and on conductor Neville Marriner and the Argo Record Company. (ZRG 506)

MOVIES

** Funny Girl: Like Fanny Brice, the heroine of this musical showbiz saga, Barbra Streisand is a funny Jewish ugly duckling who became the greatest star on Broadway. Moving from stage to screen, Barbra instantly becomes queen of the movies, too. Though the book is weepy and the direction stodgy, nothing can rain on Streisand’s great parade.

* Rachel, Rachel: In Margaret Laurence’s novel A Jest of God, shifted from Manitoba to New England, freshman producer-director Paul Newman has unearthed a choice part for his wife; and Mrs. Newman (Joanne Woodward) gives a winningly plain portrait of a small - town spinster teacher who loses her virginity.

* Isabel: A Canadian feature by another husband-and-wife team — director Paul Almond and actress Genevieve Bujold — in which a young

woman returns to a Quebec town to face a closetful of family skeletons. The landscapes are “poetic” and the local people “colorful”; Miss Bujold’s manner is kittenish and Mr. Almond’s symbolism bullish.

^ The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter:

Carson McCullers’ story about the lessons in humanity taught by a deaf mute has been turned into Southern soap opera by director Robert Ellis Miller (Sweet November). After two movie triumphs (The Russians Are Coming; Wait Until Dark) Alan Arkin is oddly shallow here, and thé film’s only honor belongs to a young newcomer named Sondra Locke.

The Legend of Lylah Clare: A vulgar Hollywood movie about the making of a vulgar Hollywood movie about how vulgar Hollywood really is.

As directed by Robert Aldrich (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?) it’s not stylized enough to pass for camp — just awful enough to pass for trash.

TELEVISION

* Festival: The season’s first three programs are dramas — The Write-off by George Salverson, starring Gerard Parkes (Oct. 30); Yesterday the Children were Dancing, starring Gratiën Gelinas in his own play (Nov. 6); A Scent of Flowers by James Saunders,

starring Martha Henry, with Jack Creley (Nov. 13). (CBC, Wed., 9.30 p.m. EST.)

* Quentin Durgens MP finds out about Yorkville hippies (Oct. 29), straightens out an egotistical political scientist (Nov. 12) and gets involved in a UFO incident (Nov. 19). (CBC, Tuesdays, 9 p.m. EST.)

^ Canada’s Nancy Greene: A halfhour special shows her returning home to Red Mountain, BC. We meet her family, see her dancing and hear her comments on her skiing wins (and losses). (CTV, Thurs., Oct. 24, 8 p.m. EST.)

* Ten Days That Shook The World:

A repeat of last year’s 90-minute film, produced by Novosti TV in Moscow and Granada in Britain, on the most decisive days of the Russian revolution of 1917. (CTV, Sun., Nov. 3, 8.30 p.m. EST.)

* Show of the Week: Singer Joni Mitchell, 3’s a Crowd and comic Richard Pryor in a variety special called Our Kind of Crowd. (CBC, Mon., Nov. 4, 8 p.m. EST.)

And We Were Young: World War I veteran and Canadian-born actor Raymond Massey is narrator in this 90minute Remembrance Day salute to the 1914-18 Canadian Expeditionary Force. (CBC, Mon., Nov. 11,9 p.m. EST.)

*■" Bardot Special: Assisted by flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata and four of her fellow countrymen, Brigitte Bardot sings in English and French, in Paris, London, Saint-Tropez. (CBC, Mon., Nov. 18, 9.30 p.m. EST.)