Cinema: Quick Cuts

Each fall the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center serves as a 2½-week primer on the state of world cinema. This year, as usual, there is a heavy emphasis on big-name European directors (Bertolucci, Buʼnuel, Pasolini, Bresson), a shortage of American movies, and a sprinkling of exotic entries from underdeveloped nations. Only a few of the festival films are immediately released elsewhere. Among them:

Short Eyes Shot at "the Tombs" house of detention in New York City, this film offers a brutally honest slice of prison life, and it is completely devoid of...

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