Cinema: Festival in New York

In a year starved for screen greatness, the second New York Film Festival, currently pulling near-capacity crowds into the blue fastness of Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall, is a creditable success. What Lincoln Center offers in effect is a festival of festivals "dedicated to the exhibition of the year's outstanding films," a list that includes the cream of films shown at Europe's major festivals.

A film festival is an esthetic booby trap fraught with perils. It can be little more than a lure for cinesnobs who like to see important movies before the public does....

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