Cinema: A Festival's Moveable Feast

UNLIKE the annual cinematic extravaganzas at Cannes and Venice, there is no competition for awards and little commerce conducted at the New York Film Festival. New York has never given a prix, and usually most of the movies—this year more than half of the 24 selections—have been booked into American theaters anyway. Thus the New York festival, now in its tenth year, is primarily a social occasion. It has become an annual two-week ritual for movie buffs to gather in the lobbies of Lincoln Center, trade gossip, champion favorite films and, inevitably, castigate...

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