Festivals: Distributors' Showcase

The New York Film Festival shows signs of becoming a kind of Pre-Vue Theater. There are no winners or losers, since no prizes are given. Over half of the 23 films presented this year at Lincoln Center will show up in regular theaters soon (in some cases only days) after their festival screening. Begun seven years ago as a showcase for the choice of the European festivals, New York's staid and sometimes pompous affair has thus each year become more and more a distributors' proving ground. Oddly enough, the attitude of the...

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