Movies: Mixed Marriages at Cannes

Today the smallest child can tell a movie (it is "made" in Hollywood) from a film ("created" anywhere else), and serious students of the cinema know the U.S.'s last big one was Birth of a Nation. So critics at Cannes's 17th annual film festival were startled last week to see that the picture they gave the longest, loudest ovation in nine years was 100% American.

Comfortingly enough, One Potato, Two Potato is no Hollywood product. A delicate semidocumentary on the indelicate issue of racial intermarriage, it was directed by ex-TV Actor Larry Peerce, 34, son of Metropolitan Opera Tenor Jan Peerce,...

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