Cinema: Hells of Ivy

THE PAPER CHASE

Directed and Written by JAMES BRIDGES

The absurd importance of certificates, permissions, licenses and ratings in all our lives, the pursuit of success not for fulfillment but only for achievement—these are the subjects of The Paper Chase, a movie of some incidental pleasures and insights and a great deal of silliness. Director-Writer Bridges (The Baby Maker) uses a typically tense year at Harvard Law School as a metaphor for the reflexive mania of competition, trying to squeeze into a school term a full complement of crosscurrents in the American national character. His designs for his story (adapted from a...

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