The New York Film Festival: A Cultural Landmark?

“THE CULTURAL CRITIC IS NOT happy with civilization, to which alone he owes his discontent,” wrote Theodor W. Adorno in “Cultural Criticism and Society,” conjuring up a punning allusion to Freud’s important text. Adorno refers here to the critic in the role of censor or judge. But even when functioning as censor or judge, the critic can at the same time express an optimism, a hope, for something better and/or more than the situation or event at hand.

The 15th New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (in cooperation with the International Film Importers and Distributors of America and the Motion Picture Association of America), was held at Lincoln Center from September 23rd through October 9th. In bygone days the New York Film Festival was subject to all kinds of criticisms. There were those unsympathetic to film, who thought that it should not be held at that

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