Cinema: More a Famine than a Festival

It was like staging a banquet and serving leftovers. Aside from Francois Truffaut's Small Change (TIME, Oct. 11) and Marcel Ophuls' The Memory of Justice (see below), the 14th annual New York Film Festival offered among its 19 features few works of real, ranging quality. The festival is the most prestigious in the country—and, internationally, one of the most selective—so this year's slim pickings suggest that the surge in quality film making of the past few years has, at least for the moment, slowed down. The U.S. was represented by only a program of...