A Spare NY Film Fest

Apart from the dazzling visual offerings of Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine (see next month's ED) and Bill Condon's Gods and Monsters (covered in November TCI), the 36th New York Film Festival was fairly short on sumptuous design. For the most part, movies in the festival, held September 25 through October 11, 1998, and sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, were on the stylistically subtle side.

Todd Solondz's Happiness, for example, is a deadpan tragicomedy of lives in a cont

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