Film Review - Valentino

  • 2 October 1977
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When Rudolph Valentino died in 1926 at the age of 31 one hundred thousand people filed through the New York funeral parlour where his body lay. Now the legendary Hollywood lover has been brought back to the screen. Valentino, which opens in DiIblin next month, is the product of an explosively talented partnership. Ken Russell, the director, has become a byword for extravagant controversy with such films as Isadora, The Devils and Savage Messiah. To play Valentino, he chose another superstar, the Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. By DEIRDRE FRIEL

Magill Pub Review

'Dear Davy, send a bottle of the best over to the City Hall for myself and Carson - your's Mick.'

I HAVE ALWAYS been constrained to regard Davy Byrne's as the archtype, the doyen, the centre, the place where the trams go: in other words as the downntown pub. If somebody says on the teleephone "pub" and "down-town" I think of Davy Byrne's.

Art review: Even Jesus Christ is in ROSC

  • 2 October 1977
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A ROSC "assemblage" entitled The Office, by the Polish artist, Wladyslaw Hasior, includes in it the broken image of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is skewered to the backside of a Polish cooking utennsil, there is a wire noose around his neck, and his feet have been broken off. From the top of his head stands up a tuft of synthetic hair, and he seems to be preesiding over a brass tap, out of which pours a stream of groszy, the coins with which Polish people buy Polish goods.

Theatre review by Conor Cruise O Brien

  • 2 October 1977
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'I for one could not help wishing the philistine wish that the players could be allowed to forget about rehearsals, and about arguing with God, and get on with the play.' Abbey Theatre: Living Quarters by Brian Friel. Directed by Joe Dowling.

Review by Conor Cruise O'Brien


With RTE 2 about to begin broadcasting next year, anxieties are developing that the new transmission network will seriously interfere with the reception of British television stations in some parts of the country. Andcoinciding with the imminence of RTE 2, a new system of re-transmission now makes it economically possible to beam the British stations to Cork, Galway and Limerick.

The Irish Times bears its breast

THE RETURN of Douglas Gageby as editor of The Irish Times, hailed in some quarters as a victory for "workers' power", was nothing of the sort. It was a last ditch effort by a desperate manageement to save its business from deepening financial worries, and three months later there is no guarantee it will succeed.

The journalists who have been floating in a cloud of euphoria since Gageby reoccupied his old office seem to have forgotten that the second coming usually presages the final Day of Judgement.

National Poll on Irish Unity

IN A NATIONAL opinion survey commmissioned by Magill and conducted by MRBI Ltd. (Market Research Bureau of Ireland Ltd.) on the attitudes to Irish unity, the recognition of a power-sharing arrangement in the North and the Catholic Church's position on a number of key related issues the following were the main findings:

Fianna Fail's Policy on the North

A central aim of Fainna Fail policy is to secure by peaceful means, the unity and independence of lreland as a democratic Republic. We totally reject the use of force as a means of achieving this aim.

The artful ambiguities of Jack Lynch

JAMES CALLAGHAN will have to learn a whole new political vocabulary if he is to come to terms with Jack Lynch. For "Lynch-speak" has become a most subtle and baffling political language and nowhere more so than in the area of Anglo-Irish relations. By Vincent Browne