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Gertrud

Carl Dreyer’s last film, one of the most controversial movies ever made, would be my own candidate for the most beautiful, affecting, and inexhaustible of all narrative films, but it is clearly not for every taste–not, alas, even remotely. Adapted from a long-forgotten play by Hjalmar Soderberg written during the early years of this century, […]

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Tom and Viv

TOM AND VIV Pidgin English Productions at Broadway Arts Center Should I, after tea and cakes and ices, Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis? The words come from J. Alfred Prufrock but the paralyzed energy is very much T.S. Eliot. Thomas Stearns Eliot was no poet to prefer the present when […]

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Illinois Trivia

On Thursday, May 12, it is almost painfully bright in front of the State of Illinois Center at the kickoff ceremony for Illinois Tourism Week. Once in a while, a breeze starts a string of balloons or a flag swinging lazily. There has already been a balloon launch, accompanied by the loud strains of “Illinois, […]

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The Knee Plays

THE KNEE PLAYS at the Civic Theatre The Knee Plays is a collaborative effort between Robert Wilson and David Byrne. In a word, it sucks. If you find the word sucks offensive or culturally reductive, you can have your pick of tedious, insipid, monotonous, uninspired, or pretentious. Scenario and direction are by Robert Wilson, who […]

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Divine Righteousness

To the editors: Robert McClory’s article [“The Divine Right,” May 6] on the gathering force of Catholic conservatism portrayed well the thoughts and feelings of the smug and self-righteous conservative Catholics. They won’t be satisfied with being the only ones who are miserable in their outlook on life so they continue their crusade to make […]

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Ballet Chicago

BALLET CHICAGO at the Civic Opera House May 21 Ballet Chicago, latest applicant for the position of Chicago’s resident classic dance company, made a promising debut with a calling-card benefit performance at the Opera House. judging from the modesty, intelligence, and care with which artistic director Daniel Duell prepared the company for this event, it […]

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Those Girls Asked for It

To the editors: Pat Stoll [“Demonstration,” May 6] would have us believe that a great injustice was done to the two girls who were allegedly struck by a professor in a three-piece suit after they unfurled a Palestinian flag at an Israel Independence Day celebration at Chicago Circle. I suggest that the facts as Stoll […]

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The Straight Dope

Why does the air smell and feel so good after a spring rain shower? It was that way this morning, so I thought to ask the person who has the answers to the really tough questions of life. –Thomas Vastine, Villa Park, Illinois Tough is right, buddyroo–what you’re innocently asking me to do is jump […]

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The City File

The buckthorn that ate Chicago. The state Department of Conservation is warning against 14 nonnative weeds that are overrunning and smothering native Illinois plants. The devil weeds include such former “good guys” as crown vetch, multiflora rose, and autumn olive. Also on the least-wanted list: smooth buckthorn, common buckthorn, purple loosestrife, Japanese honeysuckle, white sweet […]

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Urine Error

To the editors: Harold Henderson is a fine chronicler of the offbeat and the unfamiliar. But I’m afraid his powers of prognostication fail him–at least in regard to an item in his April 29 City File column. Contrary to Mr. Henderson’s prediction that an “amazingly low rate of drug use” would be found among arrestees […]