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    1970: The Cannes Film Festival (part five)

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    1970: The Cannes Film Fesitval (part four)

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    1970: The Cannes Film Festival (part three)

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    1970: The Cannes Film Festival (part two)

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    1970: The Cannes Film Festival (part one)

    A few years ago at Cannes, a number of film critics were quietly informed by the press office that festival president Gilles Jacob would be pleased if they might come by the Salle des Ambassadeurs in the Palais the next afternoon for a brief ceremony. Told that it would be worth their while, they du...

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    Up In The Air: To and From Cannes

    As much as George Clooney did in that movie last year, I crave my privileged hours in the other-worldy bubble of airport lounges and long-haul flights; I want to make the most of them, to think, read, write, make lists, talk to my seatmate if so inspired and, very occasionally, watch a movie. The se...

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    Uncle Boonmee's Charmed Current Life

    With jury president Tim Burton's off-hand remark about how the annointed film took him to another world, it became clear how Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" surprised many Cannes Film Festival experts by winning the Palme d'or at the 63rd Cannes Film Festiva...

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    Documentaries in the Shadows in Cannes

    The more I think about the second-class status of documentaries at Cannes and other European festivals, the more I appreciate the way Sundance has always fought to give them equal footing every January.

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    Band of Insiders

    If one of the elusive subjects of Jean-Luc Godard's new "Film Socialisme," is the problem of communication, then the director himself, who was similarly elusive in Cannes yesterday, is part of the problem. This is a film to which I had absolutely no reaction--it didn't provoke, amuse, stimulate, intrigue, infuriate or challenge me. What we have here is failure to communicate. Had this three-part video essay taken the form of a newspaper or magazine article, I would have tossed it aside and quickly moved on to other things. But because it's Godard, we have to attempt to come to terms with it and try to explain it even when the director himself...

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    More Thoughts From Cannes

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