Show Business: Assault of The Movie Cannibals

Directors devour their young at the 40th Cannes festival

At first it sounded like Pollyanna Day at the United Nations. An international parade of prizewinners gathered on the Grand Palais stage at the 40th Cannes Film Festival to pick up their scrolls and mouth the loftiest banalities. One young filmmaker from Soviet Georgia thanked "all the inhabitants of that big wonderful country called Cinema." A Japanese director announced, "I would like to work for peace." Wim Wenders, who picked up the director's prize for his daunting, sentimental fantasy The Wings of Desire, ) said, "If we can improve the images of the world, perhaps we can improve the world." Everyone...

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