A Letter From the Publisher: Jun. 1, 1987

TIME Senior Writer and Film Critic Richard Corliss watched his first movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, at age five in his hometown of Philadelphia. Eleven years and countless boxes of popcorn later, he viewed Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal and was struck by the realization that films could be more than mere entertainment. That marked the beginning of a fascination with the cinema that took Corliss to the Cote d'Azur to report this week's two-page Show Business story on the Cannes Film Festival.

Between Philadelphia and the French Riviera was a lengthy apprenticeship. At St. Joseph's College, Corliss helped edit the...