Movies: Psssssssss

In Europe, no self-respecting crossroads is without its annual film festival, but in the U.S. the idea has taken root only in San Francisco. Last week the top prize at San Francisco's Fifth Annual International Film Festival went to Animas Trujano, a Mexican picture about a slow-witted Zapotec Indian, played, curiously enough, by Japan's Toshiro Mifune. But —as is customary at film festivals—the most talked-about film in town was not the big winner. It was a cartoon from Communist Yugoslavia called Ersatz.

Made by Dusan Vukotic, head of a film company in Zagreb that is state-financed but remarkably free of state...

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