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THE HOODLUM PRIEST Certificate "A" Director: Irvin Kershner DON MURRAY i5 a distinct character among film stars. fie first appeared to the film public opposite Marilyn Monroe in "Bus Stop"; next in "A Hatful of Rain". a tragedy of drug-addiction. He is a militant Christian, not a Catholic, but a member of one of the non-Conformist sects and an active organizer of relief work among refugees in Europe. He is in fact a man of goodwill, a man with a mission and just the type of character we may be very glad to see take for the hero of his film Father Charles Dismas Clark, S.J., who has made his mission among convicts.

Don Murray is co-producer as well as star of the picture which won the 0.C.I.C. award at Cannes and is of considerable technical as well as humane interest.

The story has been made simple enough by concentrating Fr. Clark's multifarious good works among the convicts into one single case—that of a boy for whom Fr. Clark finds a job despite his prison record and truculent temperament.

The whole film is a parable about the Good Thief whose name Fr. Clark bears. Don Murray's exposition of the doctrine "Nobody

has been promised a corner in Heaven except Dismas", concludes "and he was a 'hood' just like to you." Fr. Clark does not preach at his convicts. He speaks to them in their own crude lingo, and Murray makes it eloquent enough to make the film a moving lesson in Christian suffering, I very much liked the direction by Irving Kershner, whose previous experience has been mostly documentary. He has made much more of a motion picture than most with such a solid story to tell.

One story twist I thought a pity. It may even have been true that the nice Italian cafe owner should have such a villainous brother. But in the film it seems such unfairly improbable bad hick as to be a stroke of melodrama.

As for the execution scene it is very terrible and surely should have earned the film an "X". But presumably the censor thought the rest of the film too salutary to be missed so gave it an "A".

LET my PEOPLE GO Certificate "A" Director: John Krish

THIS half-hour view of apartheid at work in South Africa was made in much the same spirit of z,calous liberation as "The Hoodlum Priest".

It is finely photographed. narrated by the director and honest enough propaganda not totally to sweep aside a feeling that those of us who don't live in that particular glass house should be careful about throwing stones, But nobody, however open-minded, could fail to be stirred by the opening sequence which shows a group of white women refusing help from a Negro-staffed ambulance even though waiting for a "white" ambulance proves fatal to the white child.

BREATHLESS Director: Jean-Luc Godard and SEVEN DAYS , . . SEVEN NIGHTS Certificate "A" Director: Peter Brook BOTH these pictures are French, both deal with rather perverse love-stories. Both star JeanPaul Belmondo, the continental male star of the hour. I admit that this long, big-mouthed hero impressed inc more in "Seven

Days Seven Nights" (first called "Moderato Cantabile") than in "Breathless". perhaps because the film as a whole was more interesting though elusive; perhaps because Belmond6's star in the Peter Brook film was Jeanne Moreau, who won with it the award for the best feminine performance at this year's Cannes Festival,

Miss Moreau's performance I feel deserved any award. She is an actress of richest talent with a power of suggesting sensuality much deeper than animal. This enables her to set the mood, the strange legato atmosphere of the

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