While I am happy that you saw fit to report on Charles Colson’s recent visit to Toronto in Nixon to Jesus . .. (Oct. 30), you are incorrect in stating that Colson “is the bright hope of the born-again Christian movement.’’ Jesus Christ is the hope of born-again Christians. You call Colson’s new life “a performance,” meaning a farce or an act. Tell me, who are you to judge? The article ends with the statement, ”... the silence of the unrepentant survivor (Nixon) may be easier to take than the pulpiteering of a repentant one (Colson).” Such a comment demonstrates that you are not comfortable when confronted by the message of Christ. It was ever so!
J, KALDEWAY, OTTAWA
O’Toofe fu«lt du«l
This missive—missile would be more appropriate—is directed at Lawrence O’Toole's review of my book in He Lost It at the Movies (Nov. 13). My quarrel is not with the fact he did not like the book but rather with his grave warping of the facts. The title of the book is Magic Moments from the Movies, not Magical Moments... Furthermore, I have never in my life made the claim that “the bad movie has yet to be made.” O’Toole should turn to page 153 in my book and read what I had to say about Duel in the Sun. If anyone should ever feel the urge to ask me to write a book one day entitled Miserable Moments from the Cinema, I would be happy to oblige. O’Toole says I have forgone a “strikingly human process known as discrimination.” On the contrary, I have taken five years to
research and select my favorite moments among thousands of films. O’Toole says that on my program, Saturday Night at the Movies, I clunk unwary viewers over the head and drag them off to Plato’s cave. And he refers to me as “Mr. Meanderthal” in the same breath. I object. All editions of the program are carefully structured by some of the most knowledgeable people in the cinema in Canada: Douglas Davidson, professor of film at York University; Canadian film-maker Bruce Pittman;
and Clive Denton, who for years was Gerald Pratley’s associate at the Ontario Film Theatre. In conclusion, I would like to challenge Mr. O’Toole to a verbal duel on the “ethics of literary criticism” any time, any place, on any medium he chooses.
ELWY YOST, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND HOST, SPECIAL FEATURES UNIT, TV ONTARIO, TORONTO
After reading your article, Heading Canadians Off at the Pass (Sept. 18), I would like to thank Wayne Lilley and Hal Quinn for being among the very few people associated with the media who have brought some attention to the ambiguous situation in the Canadian Football League concerning Canadians in general, and the designated import rule in particular. It seems ironic to me that the CFL is called the Canadian Football League. After all, the majority of general managers is American, all the coaches are American, and half the players are American. Not to mention the injustice done to Canadians who aren’t given the opportunity to play quarterback at the pro level because of the designated import rule. It is encouraging to see that Darwin Semotiuk has filed an official complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Maybe if this obvious breach of human rights is corrected, such Canadian quarterbacks as Jamie Bone, Gerry Dattilio and myself will be given the opportunity to play in their own league in their own country.
MIKE LOGAN, EX-CFL CANADIAN QUARTERBACK, CALGARY, ALTA.
Deliver us—oh dear—from the empty ramblings and disjointed laments of William Casselman in his column, Deliver Us... (Nov. 6). Does this misanthropic stuffed shirt actually think it matters to us whether or not he approves of Joan Watson’s voice or figure? Although I have never met the lady, and do not fit into the categories of viewers Casselman describes, I do find the program worthwhile and professionally done. Speaking of professionalism, surely taking potshots at the facial features of any individual is scraping the bottom of the journalistic barrel. While watching TV, Casselman says, he flips “channels to avoid more babble.” Maclean's readers might be well advised to flip pages to avoid the same.
MARY UPHAM, MONCTON, N.B.
William Casselman refers to Paul Soles as “silly.” I would like to add simpering, juvenile, self-conscious and inept. It takes me an hour or so to calm my jagged nerves after watching his performance.
NORMAN HAY, TORONTO
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As a confirmed admirer of Pierre Trudeau, may I suggest that you give the public all the pictures of Joe Clark that you can rake up—the one on the cover of the Oct. 30 issue of Maclean's is a dandy.
GEORGE R. FRAMPTON, TORONTO
The headline on Peter Newman’s editorial, Levesque 's Immaculate Conception . . . (Nov. 13), incorrectly refers to a virgin birth. The term Immaculate Conception refers to the fact that the Virgin Mary was conceived free from original sin.
VERA B. MOORE, SCARBOROUGH, ONT.
Reel to real
Garth Drabinsky certainly needs no defence from me but I’m anxious to correct an impression left in your article, The First Picture Show (Nov. 6), which indicates that I think there are mistakes in his prospectus that have been missed by the OSC. I was trying to say that several senior financial figures are surprised that no form of distribution advance payment has been required and no breakdown of legal and accounting costs has been required. In the end result, the sophisticated investor is receiving no increased protection from OSC clearance, yet the film producer is incurring vastly increased film costs and spending a great deal of time meeting spurious standards. I hope the assorted securities commissions will speedily establish some standards we can understand and give investors a basis for comparison.
WILLIAM MARSHALL, FILM CONSORTIUM OF CANADA INC., TORONTO
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