Show Business: Where Have All the Movies Gone?

Autumn films dry up as Hollywood eyes pay cable

During the past decade, autumn was harvest time for the serious moviegoer, the season for films with hearts of humanism and minds dreaming of Oscars. Often those dreams were fulfilled: four of the last seven winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rocky, Ordinary People, Chariots of Fire) were released in major cities between Labor Day and the end of November. In 1980 viewers could see Raging Bull, Private Benjamin and The Elephant Man. Last year there were The French Lieutenant's Woman, Ragtime and...

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