Cinema: The Year's Best

AMERICAN GRAFFITI. Small-town adolescence in 1962, perceptively rendered by George Lucas.

AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON. Yasujiro Ozu's last film, made in 1963: a serene, masterly speculation on the encroachments of age.

DAY FOR NIGHT. A sly, shrewd billet-doux to the giddy excesses of film making and film makers from François Truffaut.

DON'T LOOK NOW. Guilt and psychic phenomena haunt a waking nightmare, wonderfully directed by Nicolas Roeg and acted by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

LAST TANGO IN PARIS and THE SPIDER'S STRATAGEM. One overpraised but still important, the other too little seen. Together they establish Bernardo Bertolucci as a significant cinematic force.

LOVE. A poignant...

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