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

August 1 1967


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

August 1 1967


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


The Whole Truth, by Robert Daley (General Publishing, $6.95): Inside all newspapermen there are novelists screaming to be let out. Trouble is, some of them let them. Robert Daley, a first-class sportswriter — he covered European sports, especially car-racing, for the New York Times for years— has now released his novel. It turns out to be about writing feature stories in Europe for . . . well, it’s not called the New York Times. The most interesting character is the Paris bureau chief, who, according to Daley, can’t speak French. For insiders who can guess upon whom this character is based, The Whole Truth is probably very interesting. All others need not apply.

* Byline: Ernest Hemingway (Saunders, $9.95): The older the big man got, the better he learned how to do it. How to get those words lined up there, short and straight and clean. And in these 70-odd “selected articles and dispatches,” which begin in 1920 and end in 1956, the student of Hemingway can almost watch the style take place, at first getting worked out in little exercises in the Toronto Star, then taking shape and being shown more frequently in public in magazine pieces (Esquire) and assorted war correspondence and then finally, in the latest years, becoming virtual selfparody. Hemingway himself, reports editor William White, had never wanted his journalism collected in this way. In many of the pieces—perhaps even most of them—it’s easy to see why. What artist would want to be remembered for his sketch pad? But as reference, this is still a useful book.

Has any other writer of his time had so many imitators—even excluding himself?

* The Lemon Eaters, by Jerry Sohl (Musson, $6.95), may do pretty well when it gets into paperback. It sounds sexy, anyway. It’s a novel about 12 characters on one of those mind-busting weekends of self-confession and group therapy that are becoming mildly fashionable in places like California (if there are places like California) and includes discussions of nymphomania, homosexuality . . . you know, the usual. Trouble is, all the characters are so immoral that you have to keep turning back to the chart on page 11 to remember who’s married to whom. It does have this passage, though, just after a wife has confessed that her marriage isn’t working, mostly because her husband is too interested in fishing: “ T tried, too,’ George said dolefully. ‘God knows I tried.’ T tried fishing too,’ (says the wife, Allison). Perroq said agitatedly, ‘But fishing isn’t immoral!’ Allison eyed him coolly. ‘Have you ever asked the fish how they feel about it?’”


** Eighth Montreal Film Festival: The

International Festival (Aug. 4-18) gains in status this Expo year to rank among the world’s top few. At the rate of four programs a day, the festival is offering films from 22 countries, 15 world premieres (directors and at least one star in attendance) and seven North American premieres. Leading off is Arthur Penn’s Bunnie and Clyde, the story of an American gangster couple starring Warren Beatty. Other highlights: the Russian War and Peace (three out of four parts), Aug. 9; Don’t Look Back, Pennebaker’s documentary on Bob Dylan, Aug. 14; Two Years’ Vacation by Karel Zeman of Czechoslovakia, Aug. 18. Special Guest: Director Fritz Lang whose Liliom plays on Aug. 6.

*" Fifth Festival of Canadian Films takes over for two solid-packed days on Aug. 11 and 12. With some 350 critics from all around the world and the greatest number of entries yet, this could be the year that makes or breaks an international market for Canadian films. Competition among the features should be very stiff this year. Twelve were entered and six chosen: The Ernie Game by Don Owen; Warrendale by Allan King; High by Laurence Kent; Entre la mer et l’eau douce with Geneviève Bujold, by Michel Brault: Le règne du ¡our by Pierre Perreault; and II ne faut pas mourir pour ça by Jean-Pierre Lefevre. The

prizes worth $7,500 are to be awarded Aug. 12 by a jury of three Canadians (painter Richard Lacroix, composer Maurice Blackburn and film-maker Beryl Fox) and four international directors.

* World Retrospective of Animation

(Aug. 13-18): Woody Woodpecker, Gertie the Dinosaur, Felix the Cat, Betty Boop and Dumbo will all turn up in 18 programs tracing animation from its origins to the electronic present. More than 150 of the filmmakers working in animation round the world will be in Montreal as guests of the National Film Board. It will be a hard act to follow.


^ Pan-American Games: The CBC plans extensive coverage of the Winnipeg games from the July 23 opening until the closing ceremonies Aug. 6. For edited highlights of each day’s events tune in weekdays at 10.30 pm EDT.

** Indian Jamboree: Two 30-minute taped specials on last June’s Centennial meeting of Indians and Métis at Duck Lake, Sask. What are the Indians’ aims and goals? What are their relations with the white man after 100 years of nationhood? These programs are cathartics for complacency. (CBC, Wed., July 26 and Aug. 2, 9.30 pm EDT.)

*" The Album of History: Part Six of a vivid historical series on the development of the Canadian West after 1867. This episode, Townsfolk, tells the story of the shopkeepers and businessmen who followed in the wake of the settlers. (CBC, Fri., July 28, 8 pm EDT.)

** Spectrum: Communications 2000 examines the new techniques in communications that will probably be defining man’s relationship to man by the end of this century. Patrick Watson and Harold Alston host this better-than-usual re-run. (CTV, Sun., July 30, 1 pm EDT.)

** The Gift is a repeat of Ron Kelly’s poetic documentary about a Japanese girl who survived the holocaust of Hiroshima and revisits the scene of her childhood nightmare. First broadcast in 1965, this film won two Canadian awards. (CBC, Wed., Aug. 9, 9.30 pm EDT.)


^ Roloff Beny, sallying forth from his Roman villa as an aide-de-caméra for the European jet set, is a photographer who has come a long way from Medicine Hat, Alta. But Beny hasn’t forgotten his native land. His Centennial picture book, To Every Thing There Is a Season (Longmans Canada, $25), with poems and journals selected by Milton Wilson, is a magnificent, mature and sophisticated tribute to Canada. The first printing of 12,500 copies has already sold out. With backing from the Eaton Foundation, Beny spent several years roving from cities to arctic wastes on everything from jets to pack animals.

His main problem: “Wherever I

turned I received nothing but baffled suspicion. Why would anyone want to do a book on Canada?” His main disappointment: one of the dis-

tinguished guests at the publication party in John David Eaton’s house filched Beny’s own copy of his book. It contained the autographs of all the text contributors.

*" William Stevenson, veteran Canadian journalist who has covered every major conflict since World War II, spent June making airline, publishing, and CBC history. Stevenson was in Israel doing a special for CBC-TV’s Newsmagazine just before the ArabIsraeli war broke out. When the shooting started he was back in Toronto. He then returned to Tel Aviv — via New York — and immediately began writing an instant book. In three days and three nights he had churned out Strike Zion! (Bantam, 95 cents), a vivid but emotional record fattened with uncaptioned photographs and a warmed-over epilogue by Leon Uris. Meanwhile CBC News, having trouble locating its on-the-spot correspondent, had to send in a replacement. Stevenson was finally located in New York again where his book was on the stands and climbing best-seller lists even before its official publication date. By the end of the month Stevenson was baçk in Tel Aviv — this time via Chicago — one book up and still working for the stunned CBC.

* George Bradford of Preston, Ont., is almost as sad as President Násser at the thought of those 700 Egyptian armored vehicles knocked out in the Sinai Desert. Bradford, a 34-year-old commercial artist, loves tanks. His book Armored Vehicles, with 535 hand-drawn illustrations of tanks ancient and modern, is the bible of a growing international set of tank hobbyists. Bradford tank prints decorate the messes of armored regiments from Camp Borden to Berlin, his bi-monthly magazine AFV News (Armored Fighting Vehicle) has 700 hard - core subscribers and he is a consultant for several manufacturers of toy tank models. Aren’t tanks a strange subject for an artist? “Not at all,” says Bradford. “They were Leonardo da Vinci’s idea in the first place.”