Cinema: Over Easy

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE Directed by Michael Apted Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan

"Movies should have a beginning, a middle and an end," harrumphed French Film Maker Georges Franju at a symposium some years back. "Certainly," replied Jean-Luc Godard. "But not necessarily in that order." In the past two decades, movies have gone Godard's way: end up. Even in Hollywood, structure is now a word you are apt to hear only from Bel Air real estate agents. Adventurous directors snapped the straight spine of traditional drama into a series of vertebral vignettes. The standard comedy structure,...

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