Critics' Voices: Oct. 21, 1991

MOVIES

THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE. As a play starring monologist Lily Tomlin, this was a solo dazzle and a terrific human comedy. Through a dozen or so characters, it provided a panoramic 20-year history of American womanhood. Her film version displays volcanic emotions, precisely explored.

BARTON FINK. The work of two gifted brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen (Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing), this was the first film ever to accomplish the hat trick at the Cannes festival -- Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The Coens revise the legend of innocent talent corrupted by Hollywood.

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