Rite Of Spring

The 45th annual Cannes film festival yields few surprises

THIS YEAR'S CANNES FILM FESTIVAL STARTED ON A steamy note with the screening of an uncut Basic Instinct. But lacking the luster of glamour fests past, Hollywood on the Mediterranean soon turned into a Basic Bore. Jurors opted for predictable choices. The Palme d'Or, the festival's highest honor, went to the Ingmar Bergman-scripted Best Intentions, an elegiac love story produced for Swedish television. Other top awards went to director Robert Altman for his wry Hollywood basher The Player and to actor Tim Robbins for his deft portrayal of an unctuous studio head in that film.

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