Cinema: Sweeping Cannes

The Americans win big

Unlike Hollywood's Oscars, the Cannes Film Festival prizes do not travel well.

While Academy Awards virtually guarantee international box-office dividends to the winners, the Cannes honors have little commercial impact beyond the cinemas of France. Still, nobody ever lost money winning, and last week on the Riviera, the Americans cleaned up.

Virtually every major U.S. entry in the competition came away with a palme. The most popular winner was Sally Field, present and weeping on being named Best Actress for her performance as a Southern labor organizer in Martin Ritt's...

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