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Demonstrators carry banners, chant prayers as they protest controversial movie shown at U-M's Angell Hall
'Hail Mary' survives bomb threat, pickets
By SHARON RUBINSTEIN
AND RICK TAYLOR
NEWS SPECIAL WRITER
AND NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Despite a bomb threat, French filmmaker
Jean-Luc Godard's controversial "Hail Mary"
made its Ann Arbor and Michigan debut last
night at Angell Hall.
Marching in a slow circle, the demonstrators "Hail Mary" is a modern day depiction of the
AND RICK TAYLOR JAN 2 5 A3QO chanted Hai1 Marys as they walked. A number Joseph and Mary story. Mary is portrayed as a
- - -~ .. carried pictures of the Virgin Mary, and plac- gas station attendant, Joseph as a cab driver.
'WNFWS STAFF REPORTER .•________ ards labeling the film as sinful, blasphemous Mary is seen nude in the film.
—————————————————————— and an insult to the Mother of God-Several peo-
iJt-'apite a bomb threat, French filmmaker pie near the front of the procession supported a Although not officially banned by Pope John
Jean-Luc Godard's controversial "Hail Mary" platform with a lighted statue of the Virgin Paul II, the pontiff has said Catholics should
made its Ann Arbor and Michigan debut last upon it. not see the film.
• night at Angell Hall. Sell-out crowds largely ig- University of Michigan campus security offi- ____________ ____
nored a demonstration staged by about 30 peo- cials said the demonstration was peaceful and '"—————
pie opposed to the screening, without incident. See MARY, A2
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Marcher carries statue of
Virgin at U-M's A ill
Pat, Bragiel, who came to Ann
Arbor from^wftfi^ic tp protest
showing of the film, called Go-
dard's work "an abomination."
When asked if she had seen the
movie, she replied: "Oh heavenly
days, no. I haven't seen it. The
pope condemned it, so it must be
"Hail Mary" was brought to Ann
Arbor by two film societies, Cine-
ma II and the Ann Arbor Film Co-
i Each group has ap-
y 15 members, and
votes upon the films which it de-
cides to bring to campus.
Marlene Reiss, Cinema II presi-
dent, explained that Cinema n is
dedicated to bringing new films to
this area. Cinema II has premiered
fror Onr'nrd films in the past, but
those premieres were
0£tt)iC(»n,v ignored by the public.
"Hail Mary" is one of 12 movies
being shown as part of the
"Banned Film Festival" at Angell
(^''"""h April 17
i of the bomb
..irfct-l c-i—— —;io the 7 p.m.
screening of the movie at approxi-
mately 6:45 by campus security.
Showing of the film was delayed
while campus security and Ann Ar-
bor police inspected the premises.
Reiss said she decided not to de-
lay or cancel the showing based
upon the information given to her
by the authorities.
Asked whether she thought the
film might be religiously offensive,
Reiss said "I'm more offended at
the idea of a bomb threat. I don't
think its a very Godly act."
Michael Yudowltz, another Cine-
ma II member sei'irn» tickets at the
performance, 'i. the film
twice, once in New i aih and once
in Boston. He says the film is not
"Godard treats Mary with digni-
ty. Even with awe," he said.
Jackie Auyedung, also selling
tickets at the screening, first saw
the film at last year's Cannes Film
Festival. Saying he didn't think the
film was offensive, Auyedung at-
tributed the controversy to "the
modern setting and the nudity."
ri—-i^ Coscia of Plymouth said
t posed to the film for "
i^auui.o Auyedung mentioned.
"It's a modern day depiction of
the Blessed Mother and Saint Jo-
seph, and the Blessed Mother is
seen naked. That's an insult to the
Mother of God, and to God Him-
self," he said.
Coscia found out about the dem-
onstration just hours before it was
staged. He carried a poster saying
"This Movie is Sin."
Demonstrator Rosema!-v Wen-
derski of Livonia :
ing was spontaneous, with no offi-
"If you don't think porno is a
good thing, then this isn't a good
thing, "she said.
A number of people waiting to
buy tickets for "Hail Mary" cited
the controversy over the film as
the reason tor their attendance.
Heidi Smith, a student, said the
bomb threat made her want to see
themovk < ifrn.ipie are that
upset ab. . . ..... to see it. I
don't think it's insulting to the
Catholic religion. It's just another
interpretation of the Bible. The Bi-
ble isn't literal."
Robert Bryant, a law student,
called the bomb threat "idiotic".
"" seems difficult to avotd insult-
J people anymore."
One Catholic student waiting to
see the movie said the fact that it
was criticized by the pope was one
of the reasons he wanted to see it.
"It might threaten my religious
group, but I don't think it would
threaten my personal faith." the
student said. '
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