Press enter after choosing selection

Council Room 'Theater' For 'Flaming Creatures'

Council Room 'Theater' For 'Flaming Creatures' image
Parent Issue
Day
25
Month
May
Year
1967
Copyright
Copyright Protected
Rights Held By
Donated by the Ann Arbor News. © The Ann Arbor News.
OCR Text

Cc»dncil Room Theater^
For Tiamine Creatures^

The Ann Arbor City Council
chamber, where city ordi-
nances, land annexations and
dry-as-dust budget proposals
are usually argued, was the
make-shift theater yesterday
afternoon for the showing of
"Flaming Creatures."

It all came about when Mu-
nicipal Court Judge S. J. Elden
ordered the film to be shown as
part of an examination in which
three University students and
their faculty adviser are de-
fendants. Ellen P. Frank, 20,
Mary E. Barkey and Elliot S.
Barden, both 20, and a U-M in-
structor, Hubert I. Cohen, 36,
were arrested last January after]
Ann Arbor police seized "Flam-
ing Creatures" during its firsti
showing at the University's,
Architecture Auditorium.

The film was brought to the
campus under the sponsorship
of the Cinema Guild, a student
group in which Miss Frank,
Miss Barkey and Barden are
officers. Cohen, an English in-
structor, is the Cinema Guild
adviser.

I The Municipal Court examin-
ation of the four defendants be-
gan last January less than two
weeks after Detective Lt. Eu-
gene L. Staudenmaier had
stopped the showing of the film

and seized it. The four defend- the three University students
ants were arrested two days who are charged.
later on charges of showing an ^ter a brief exchange be-
"obscene, lewd, filthy, and in- tween Robb' Goodman and
decent motion picture." Prosecutor Delhey, the judge

T. in.i T ' • 4.1. t ordered Staudenmaier to show
In last January s session, that , ;i, i r ^ .1,
„ „;. .,. ,,, " ,. ,' tu the defense attorneys the
portion of the film which was .;, , „ - ,.
ehnwn ,n tho Ai^o^o A,,ri, written report on the seizure of

shown in the Architecture Audi-
torium before Staudenmaier

stopped it was shown in
courtroom.

the

the film and the subsequent ar-
rest. Staudenmaier had com-

posed the report shortly after
_,, , the incident.

Three weeks ago, Judq-e E!-i n r ,, ,, • .1
den denied a defense motion to . Defore the, hearmg was ad-
supprr-ss n... film as evIde^^-T^ untl! JUDe7' prosecu;

on til, . ..nds that it was tor Deihe- tl&reed t0 a request
seized illegally. Yesterday he by Robb that arrangements be
ordered the entire film shown made for the defense to have

and ordered all ; nrincipals -art cntlcs t0 vlewthefllm;

to move to 11. ,. Council The P1'0^^01- specified th a t
chamber on the second floor the fllm not be Permitted out
of City Hall for the showing. of pollce ^stody.

The council room was half- pri()r to yesterday's showing
filled with spectators and Judge of <-he film, Delhey and Robb
Elden, Prosecuting Attorney clashed repeatedly in the court-
William F. Delhey, who is per- ''oom on a variety of issues.
sonally handling the case, and 0"e of those issues involved the
two defense lawyers, Dean proposed appearance as friends
Robb and William Goodman of of the court in the case Jos" -^
Detroit, occupied chairs nor- L. Sax and Terrance Sandal,

mally used by councilmen. Sax and Sandalow were identi-

After the movie was seen, the fied as attorneys for the Uni-
examination was moved back versity's Senate Advisory Co in-
to the sixth floor courtroom inittee and University Affairs.
where Staudenmaier took the Sax is listed in the U-M Fac-
witness stand again. He told of ulty Directory as an associate
his seizure of the film and his professor of law at the Univer-
conversation with Cohen and sity, while Sandalow is listed as

a professor of ' f

Delhey object'a. in ui!_'ir en
trance into the case "becaust
I have no grounds to believ<
they have authority to repre
sent this group they mention."

Robb shot back that Delhey'!
stand was "an insult to tw<
members of the Michigan Bar.'^

"The last time I heard tin-
type of thing was in the South
but to hear it here in Ann Ar
bor is shocking," Robb de
dared.

Delhey said his stand "shoul(
not shock the defense counse
because I just want to know i
these men do in fact represen
this group."

Judge Elden resolved thi
question by accepting Sax an<
Sandalow as friends of t h i
court.

Goodman then lost an objec
tion to Delhey's motion that thi
film be shown in its entirety
Goodman said the entire filn

h •"- not been admitted to evi

, e and therefore cannot bi
wholly relevant to this case."

However, Elden overruled thi
objection by saying he felt th<
film itself "is an integral par
of this case and this court mus
decide on the question of obs
cenity and if the defendant
showed an obscene film."