A critical glance at the things Canadians will watch, read, listen to and talk about this month

February 1 1967


A critical glance at the things Canadians will watch, read, listen to and talk about this month

February 1 1967


A critical glance at the things Canadians will watch, read, listen to and talk about this month

Lippel Gallery of Primitive Art, 2159 Mackay St., Montreal. One of those small galleries just south of Sherbrooke Street that make Montreal’s Quartier des Boutiques the fascinating area it is. For February, bilingual owner Leon Lippel is staging a special exhibition of Oceanic sculpture from New Guinea and the Trobriand Islands. Painted masks, figures, and fertility symbols, both exotic and erotic. Lippel, a gentle and knowledgable man, is one of those rare gallery proprietors who always like people to know and understand what they’re buying. In a tiny rear showroom is a collection of Pre-Columbian art from Costa Rica and Mexico.


The Flick, 90 Yorkville St., Toronto’s newest go-go-thèque, blends the Roaring Twenties with the frenetic beat of today’s popular music. Lots of nostalgia, via pictures and posters, for cinéastes. Just the place to go if you think you can win a game of "Who played second lead to Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity?” (Answer: Edward G. Robinson.)


Ravi Shankar: Three exquisite Indian ragas grace a recent World Pacific album issued to coincide with Shankar’s winter triumphs in New York and San Francisco. The Heifetz of the classical, six-stringed sitar, Shankar, accompanied by tabla drums and tamboura drones, weaves a psychedelic sound out of an evening raga which “expresses the yearning of a longing soul,” and a morning raga "of devotional mood with a tinge of pathos.” An amazing performance from a man who also happens to be revealing the oriental mysteries to the Beatles’ John Lennon. (WPS 1438)

Winchester Cathedral: The new

“old” sound of flapper music blares sweet and Camp on Fontana Records' easy-speaking album of the New Vaude-

ville Band. Distributed by London Records, it features the title number as originally composed and sung by former schoolteacher Geoff Stephens. His tenor falsetto is electronically processed to give it that 1920s sound. Somewhat fey and precious, but ever charming, are gems like Lili Marlene and Tap Your Feet. (SRF 67560)


University of the Air: Music —

Strings and Things. Prof. Thomas Rolston, lecturer-host of a four week series, runs Talent Education, a school in Alberta teaching threeand four-yearold violinists and cellists. (CTV, Fri., Jan. 27, check local listings for time).

*" Through The Eyes Of Tomorrow: A look at U.S. draft dodgers who have fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam. (CBC, Sun., Jan. 29, 4:30 p.m. EST)

^ Henry V: Shakespeare's play per-

formed by Stratford’s troupe, in living color. Douglas Rain as Henry and William Hutt as Chorus. (CTV, Sun., Jan. 29, 9 p.m. EST)

Quebec Winter Carnival: Highlights of the annual gala at Quebec City. (CBC, Mon., Feb. 6, 8 p.m. EST)

Music Canada: "And then we

wrote . . .” Host Max Ferguson assumes roles illustrating Canadian music — patriotic songs, ballet score, light opera etc. (CBC, Wed., Feb. 8, 8:30 p.m. EST)

Show Of The Week: C’est la Vie — a revue with Maurice Chevalier and Diahann Carroll. (CBC, Mon., Feb. 13, 9 p.m. EST)


»" After The Fox: Peter Sellers and director Vittorio De Sica misfire wildly in a send-up of the Italian movie scene, American-style. Sellers gives a fourlevel impersonation as an Italian con man who tries to steal gold while posing as an Italian movie director who thinks he's a Hollywood tycoon. Confusing? And how. The Anglo-ltalian cast can’t even speak the same brand of "justacom” English let alone understand each other’s jokes.

* A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: Well, maybe, but something sad has happened to this bawdy Broadway burlesque on its way to the screen. Funny Zero Mostel, funny Phil Silvers and funny Jack Gilford work themselves into a frenzy under the direction of funny Richard Lester (The Knack, Help!) but drown in the superabundance of their own talents. Too many jokes have spoiled the Roman brothel.

»" Any Wednesday: The fun and games

of infidelity with Jane Fonda playing Girl Wednesday in Jason Robard’s executive suite. Generous servings of fashion, farce and amateur psychology pave the way from “new morality” back to the old Hollywood hypocrisy and the wife’s last laugh.

Shoot Loud, Louder ... I Don’t Understand! is a terrible title for a charming Italian comedy of manners. Marcello Mastroianni, masterful as always, plays an artist who has withdrawn into a fantasy world à la Fellini. Raquel Welch is the incredibly shapely female who brings him back to . . . reality?

The Offering: Toronto boy meets

Peking Opera girl and takes her on intimate sightseeing tour. After a good look at Toronto life, she leaves. This is David Secter’s second and secondbest feature. Nicer-looking, though.

Is Paris Burning? tells how Paris survived despite Hitler’s mad plan to destroy it. Chaotic, and too long, but this is the first war picture in ages that recaptures the urgency of the times.

Credit should go more to the newsreel footage than to Gert Frobe, Orson Welles, Kirk Douglas, Simone Signoret, Leslie Caron, or the rest of the all-stars. ^ The Wrong Box: A lively cross-breed between the campy What’s New Pussycat? and the eccentric Kind Hearts And Coronets schools of comedy. With Peter Sellers, Michael Caine, and a few hearses.

Alfie: Michael Caine, again, as a

Cockney Casanova in a double-edged comedy of modern mating manners. So funny it hurts.


London à la Mode (General Publishing, $7.95), by Paul Hogarth and Malcolm Muggeridge, is an attempt to capture the feel of life in the great city in the 1960s. Hogarth, a descendant of the famous 18th-century painter and of engraver William Hogarth, drew the brilliant sketches which are the book’s

chief feature, and wrote their captions. The text, by Muggeridge, is predictably readable and, again predictably, reveals more about him than about London.

Harry Golden, the engaging and in a sense professionally Jewish author of Only In America, has published a new book, Ess, Ess Mein Kindt (Eat, Eat, My Child), (Longmans Canada, $6.25). In it are nearly 300 short pieces, on such varied topics as his mother’s attitude toward God, Negro anti-Semitism, and the truth about editors. Golden is a kind of bagel-barrel philosopher, whose views are arrestingly expressed and have a certain persuasive sanity.

R. S. Lambert’s Exploring The Supernatural, which first appeared in 1955, has been re - issued as a paperback (McClelland and Stewart, Canadian Best-Seller Library, 95c). It records a number of inexplicable things which have happened in Canada from the early days of New France to our own time. Among them are the apparent magic of Indian medicine men, plaguings by poltergeists, and the visitations of just plain ghosts. Believers will like this book — and so will skeptics.

* There has never until now been an anthology of Canadian writing made by Italians. Modern Canadian Stories (Ryerson, $7.95), edited by Giose Rimanelli and Roberto Ruberto, fills that lack. Unfortunately the novelty of an Italian assessment of our writing isn’t matched by anything particularly novel or stimulating in Professor Rimanelli’s lengthy introduction, nor in the choice of stories; and the collection is a literary non-event.


^ Centennial Diary: Weekly digest of Centennial events and celebrations across the country. (CBC, Mondays, 7:03 p.m. EST)

^ Anthology: Morley Callaghan, recent winner of a Canada Council medal, introduces and reads from his collection of short stories. (CBC, Thursdays 10:30 p.m. EST)

Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni

— Jan. 28; La Bohème — Feb. 4; Peter Grimes — Feb. 11; II Trovatore — Feb. 18; Aida — Feb. 25 (CBC, Saturdays, 2 p.m. EST)