The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 63, No. 17, Ed. 1 Tuesday, October 2, 1979 Page: 3 of 8
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Tuesday, October 2,1979
THE NORTH TEXAS DAILY—PAGE 3
Runner-up films get notice
Media Library to present red-ribbon movies
By LAURA HAYNES
The NT Media Library will present
the red-ribbon winners of the 1979
American Film Festival Oct. 8-14.
The festival is sponsored by the
Educational Film Library Association,
an organization of film professionals in-
terested in the I6mm non-theatrical mo-
The American Film Festival is an in-
ternational event held in New York each
May, drawing filmmakers, film
librarians, distributors and educators
Dr. Don Staples, new head of the
radio-TV-film department, served as
chief juror in the Cinema and TV cate-
gory, one of 53 categories in this year’s
festival. However, he did not screen any
films that will be shown at NT.
Eight jurors per category were in the
final judging of about I2 films. More
than 1,000 films were entered for
preliminary screening and less than half
were chosen for final competition.
A point system was used for judging
the films, Dr. Staples said. “It’s efficient
in contrast to other festivals where we
just sit around and hammer it out.’’
Films are given points by jurors in
three categories: content, technique and
usefulness. The points are totaled and
the film with the most points is the blue-
ribbon winner. The second place film is
the red-ribbon winner.
Dr. Staples has judged numerous film
festivals and has his own criteria for
good cinematography. He looks for bril-
liance in films. He says films should have
universality and should advance the
cinema medium, “even if it’s only a
Just as the motion-picture industry
has an Oscar and the television industry
has an Emmy, the AFF awards an Emily
to the blue-ribbon winner in each
category. The award got its name from
Emily Jones, who was executive director
for the EFLA for years.
Several films focus on women’s
problems and some are about corporate
expansion containing interviews with
major corporate figures.
Films on social problems, some
rc^ films and films concerning the
*. ;f TV on children will be shown.
Other subjects covered by the films in-
clude solar energy, death and dying,
education and the natural environment.
One special film in the lineup is
"Toothbrushing with Charlie Brown."
The films, which will be shown in the
General Academic Building, range from
five minutes to more than an hour.
All the films in this series are available
for purchase. Dr. George Mitchell,
media library director, said. He en-
couraged students and faculty members
to view the films.
The films, all free, will be shown in
different rooms in the afternoons and
evenings. Program guides are available
in the media library in the GAB.
Photo by GLORIA KENYON
FORM IN MOTION—Dickie Arnold and Tim Sllne dance a modern duet In "Shungopoval Shade" at the Dallas
Jewish Community Center Saturday night. The piece was choreographed by Sandl Combest, artistic director of
the Dance Theatre of the Southwest, a Denton modern dance company. The troupe performed a standard
repertory In addition to a premiere of "Momentl,” choreographed especially for DTSW by Shirley Mordlne.
Yambu to explore Latin-jazz fusion in Bruce Hall performance tonight
Yambu, a Latin-jazz group, will per-
form at 6 tonight in the Bruce Hall lob-
The group is working "to expose peo-
ple to different musics,” said percus-
sionist Peter Aghib.
Arkwork, an organization promoting
ecological living and technology, has ex-
tended an invitation “to those who
create” to join the Denton County Arts
and Energy Fair on the Denton County
Courthouse law n, Oct. 27 and 28.
Songs, stories, paintings, and dances
are eligible for display and sale if the
particants are residents of Denton
People of any age may participate,
and there is no fee. Arkwork requests a
I0 percent donation for anything sold.
Proceeds will be used by the organiza-
tion after advertising costs have been
Anyone interested may contact Rox-
anne Duke at 383-3803 or at 1604 W.
Hickory St. There will be space limita-
tions, and entries will be screened by
The organization hopes that this show
will be an expression of the people and
the ideals that are alive in Denton
"We play standard jazz and Latin
tunes," Aghib said.
“Jazz has been taken as far out as it
can go harmonically, but rhythmically it
has only begun to explore uncharted ter-
"The Cuban concept of rhythm is
layered. It’s based on interaction
between the conga, timbale and bongo
player,” he said.
Aghib said the group began as a per-
cussion trio years ago. Within six
months, the eight-member ensemble
The group has performed on WFAA-
TV’s Que Pasa, and has also played at a
percussion clinic at the B&S Percussion
Center in Dallas.
The American premiere of a
clarinet and piano composition writ-
ten for Dr. James Gillespie of the
music faculty will be presented at 8
p.m. today in the Recital Hall.
Dr. Gillespie first performed the
composition, “Sonata for Clarinet
and Piano,” last May in London. The
work was written by Paul Harvey, an
English clarinetist, saxophonist and
composer who teaches at the Royal
Military School in England.
During the performance Cheryl
Giilespie and pianist Judy Fisher will
accompany Dr. Gillespie. Mrs. Gil-
lespie, who has accompanied her hus-
band in several recitals, will also sing
Czech composer J.W. Kalliwoda’s
Dr. Gillespie joined the music
faculty a year ago. He is former
regional chairman of the Inter-
national Clarinet Society.
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Ingmar Bergman’s film of Mozart’s
opera "The Magic Flute” will be shown
at 7 tonight in the Lyceum.
“The Magic Flute" was Mozart’s last
The painstaking care the composer
lavished on his final project extended to
his death. Even as he lay dying, Mozart
would imagine the production from his
bedside and time the length of the
Mozart would not be disappointed
with a latter-day master of another
medium’s treatment of his work. The
film is like the opera: pure magic.
The film opens with the opera's over-
ture. The camera focuses on the faces of
the audience as the young and old and
the citizens of different nations listen in-
tently, establishing Bergman’s statement
on the universality of both the opera and
The curtain rises and the opera begins.
At first the viewer of “The Magic Flute"
is given the perspective of the opera’s
audience and the film takes on the style
of a filmed play.
But with Prince Tamino’s entrance, as
he is chased by a dragon, the camera
pulls out of the audience and steps onto
the stage. Bergman alternates the
camera’s point of view throughout the
film establishing a blend of the opera’s
theatricality with his cinematic techni-
The story continues with the entrance
of three veiled women who slay the
dragon and caress the now unconscious
prince. They lament in song that if they
were capable of love, they would love
The ladies’ mistress is the Queen of
the Night who explains to the prince,
now agape with astonishment at his
situation, that her daughter Pamina was
kidnapped by an evil soiecfei named
Sarastro. The queen considers the prince
wnrthv enough to «:tve her daughter U.n.d
he vows to do so.
On his journey, he is accompanied by
Papageno, a fowl hunter who would
rather hunt women, and is assisted by a
The flute will protect the prince in any
emergency and will bring happiness to
the sad, love to the hearts of men and
peace and contentment to the world.
While on his quest, the prince en-
counters the temple of Sarastro where
the keeper, a wise old man, tells him his
impression of Sarastro is inaccurate.
The old man instructs the prince to
search for the truth concerning Sarastro
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and the Queen of the Night and form his
ow n conclusions.
Henceforth, the film focuses on
Tamino's search not only for Pamina
but for the truth of the situation between
Sarastro and his estranged wife, the
Queen of the Night.
The opera was written as a fantasy,
but within its test, Mozart made an im-
portant comment on fraternal lodges of
Freemasons in the late 18th century
which were deemed unlawful by clerics
The Freemasons were philanthropists
and idealists who wanted to raise the
common man’s intelligence and
awareness. The fraternal organizations
were declared harmful by religious
orders and political leaders despite the
fact that many of its members were
political and ecclesiastic.
Mozart used the opera as a means of
promoting the usefulness and impor-
tance of Freemasonry and, in the
process, made some satirical jabs at the
The film is visually beautiful. The
lighting is done in soft golden tones sug-
gesting the lighting of the opera’s
original productions by candlelight.
And for the prince’s final test for ac-
ceptance in the brotherhood, instead of
the original opera's fire and water test,
he goes through the fire and then a sea of
contorting asexual beings who reach out
at him, representing the harder test of
Bergman's comic touch is illustrated
by his intermission where the camera
discovers the cast backstage playing
chess, peeking through the curtain, and
reading Waggoner and Donald Duck
If the film is flawed, it is in the direc-
tor's use of subtitles. At several points in
the film, the cast stands behind placards
w ith the ly rics to the songs they are sing-
ing li ix during these moments that the
film's momentum is lost and the film
takes on the static quality of a variety
On the whole, though, the film is a
stunning adaptation of a great musical
work. Bergman has added style and
dimension to the opera creating a film
appealing even to those who do not en-
joy the actual theatrical experience of
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