Cinema: All in The Post-'60s Family RUNNING ON EMPTY

Directed by Sidney Lumet; Screenplay by Naomi Foner

You don't have to listen to presidential candidates to realize that the American family is the national religion. It is a religion based on a noble fantasy: the dream of blood belonging. Some families stay together through love, or through propriety or inertia. All are bound by intimately shared joy and pain, by a need to keep the dream of personal immortality alive for just one more generation. Every parent must believe he will be born again in the new, improved image of his child.

As a family, the Popes may seem unique. Not many parents are '60s radicals like Artie...

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