Cinema: Imported Variety

Late summer is slack time, and theaters have to scrounge for new movies. That may be part of it. But a quick survey of three recent films from abroad also suggests that the revolutions in the European cinema of the early '60s have subsided, the changes they brought have become standardized, and film makers on the Continent have forsaken enterprise for convention.

COUSIN, COUSINE, much honored in France, is one of those overbearingly blithe sexual comedies that stirred the New Wave directors to rebellion. The movie confuses fecklessness with charm, trips so lightly...

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