CINEMA: Hey, Nanni

Moretti's Caro Diario is a breezy trip toward mortality

Let's take a look at the fall fashions in movie directors' egos. Quentin Tarantino shows up in his own film, Pulp Fiction, and has everybody talk like him -- which is fine, since he's a great talker. Wes Craven, director of A Nightmare on Elm Street, takes himself very seriously now, so he calls his new picture Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and it is the ultimate in self-reverential cinema.

Then there's Nanni Moretti, who displays a more genial egotism. Though the Italian actor-writer-director is in every scene of Caro Diario (Dear Diary) -- an episodic film that is the equivalent of...

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