Cinema: Festival, Round 2

It was looking grim there for a while, say around the time of the feature documentary on Artist David Hockney with the scene of all those naked young men jumping into a swimming pool in slow motion. During its second and final week, however, the New York Film Festival pulled itself together and recovered smartly. Notes on some of the more outstanding selections:

LA PALOMA is a wonderfully mad shotgun wedding of high camp, movie mythology, bad taste, obsessive romanticism and impudent satire. It is also oddly —very oddly—moving; not innovative, perhaps, but quite...

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