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Transcript New Yourk City Tribune FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 1985 Moving 'Rape/Crisis,' a must-see docudrama By Sy Syna New York Cm Tribune Staff Gary T. McDonald's "RapeA Cnsis" is so skillfully made a docudrama that for a great part of its 90-minute length you •ren't aware that the characters depicted in the film are played by actors. Indeed, some are not. McDonald has artfully blended actual police, hospital workers and staff from the Austin Rape Crisis Center into the film to create an aura of stunning and thoroughgoing authenticity. Better still, he achieved this without melodramatics or sensationalism, a flaw found in most TV films dealing with a major American domestic problem, the films on suicide being particularly notorious offenders. No wonder then that "Rape/Crisis." being given weekend showings at the Public Theater, has already garnered several awards, both here and abroad. Laurie Franklin (Suzanne Ches- shire) has been raped by her roommate's brother, Eric (Robert Kemp). Laurie. Eric and his sister had been out to a bar. had a few drinks and danced. Eric, depressed because he had failed his architect's exam, got so drunk his sister decided that he should stay over on their couch. Some time during the night, he entered Laurie's room and forced her to have sex with him. He then drove home. Laurie, badly shaken, and with bruises on her neck from the encounter, called her boyfriend, Bob Sullivan, and the police have been called in. The film opens with a police team, a male and female officer, responding to the call. A male worker from the Rape Crisis Center also responds From then on, the progress of I^urie's situation is intercut with scenes at the center during which indoctrination and orientation sessions for new volunteers take place. Terrified woman These scenes at the center slowly come to focus on Joan (Jennifer Johanos), a volunteer who is a pianist She is so terrified of being alone and attacked she buys a gun. Jennifer Johanos in a scene from "Rape'Crisis." Those who run the center feel she is holding something back. It is only later that we learn that Joan was raped in her apartment when she was studying in New York. She has told no one of her experience It is through her enhanced awareness and the psychological pressure of her experience that she ;s finally able to binrt oi;i what happened to her to a visitirtg staff member. Both Joan's and Laurie's ordcyis are handled with great nuance atu deft delicacy. Laurie's boyfriend. Bob, angered at what happened to her, tries to pressure her into immediate punitive action. The Crisis Center worker sensibly points out to him that prosecution must be Laurie's decision. He is there, carefully explaining and assuaging her anxieties, giving her information and legal procedures and what to expect. She goes to the hospital and submits to an examination. She is told the varied purposes of the exam. At the police station, she identified Eric's picture in a photo lineup. Her bed clothing has been taken as evidence. She is told about the grand jury procedure and has an interview with an assistant district attorney. She not only decides to press charges, but begins to assert herself with her boyfriend, who is also counselled by the Crisis Center worker. Eric is arrested, questioned and released prior to trial. Meanwhile, the point is logically made during the Crisis Center training sessions that rape isn't a matter of sex. Rather, it has much more to do with images and stereotypes of masculinity and femininity The basis for future rape is set down in childhood — with what little boys and little girls arc taught is the appropriate behavior expected of them. The center leader presents typical profiles of types of rapists and analyzes the sequence of reactions a rape victim goes through Apart from the commendably restrained performances from both real-life professionals and actors, this film is outstanding for its incredibly humane and understanding approach to a national projakmi, «"fUi^tr--«Dj-c often than ot, is kept private. I cannot think of a woi for public viewing, not merely* salubrious corrective to the rashr spurious products which ciaimcdN to address this and other problems, bur for its insistent educative point: that rape is prevented by altering the value? and images of masculinity and femininity which we impose upon our children. "FMpeCrisis" is being show at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theater, 42$ Lafayette St. -10-