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I generally try to avoid other people's contretemps, especially anything namechecking Alain Resnais and Manoel de Oliveira, but this is kind of priceless:

Dear Reverse Shot,
As a member of the NYFF selection committee, I can confirm that Nick Pinkerton's assessment of our criteria ("obligatory slot-filling by one of the 'Old Masters' of the Sixties art house") is absolutely correct.
Of course, we did have a Manoel de Olveira movie ready and waiting, despite the fact that his moment of glory didn't really arrive until the 70s, well after that special Golden Sixties Art House Glow (let's call it GSAHG for short) had faded. Nonetheless, we were worried: nothing from Godard, nothing from Rivette or Bergman, and much to our horror, Truffaut and Fellini were dead. Then, at the last minute, along came a new movie from the heavily subsidized and suitably complacent M. Resnais, with exactly the lack of urgency, the unexceptionable hominess, and the scanty charm we were looking for. ...
Who knows what next year will bring? Which old, self-satisfied, state-subsidized Old Master will come forth with another warm blanket of celluloid? My pulse races at the very prospect.
Kent Jones

Whoa, hold it -- Fellini's dead? I didn't even know he was sick.

Anyway, Reverse Shot's response makes all this reading and shit worth it. Check it out.

Posted at November 10, 2006 6:48 PM

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Pecksniffery run amok! The natives are revolting!

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