Cinema: Zita

Age is wasted on the old. Without it, youth is condemned to excess. That's what makes adolescents so saddening and maddening—and adolescence such a groovy movie subject. In Zita, an archetypical French fille named only Annie flits agonizingly between life and death. The daughter of a slain Spanish loyalist, she has sympathy for the world but affection for none of its inhab itants, except her ancient Aunt Zita (Katina Paxinou). One afternoon the girl comes home to find the old lady writhing on the floor. Zita has suffered a stroke, and each gasp...

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