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Plugging Euro-Style Health Care in the Movie Section

The paper's liberal chief movie critic plugs the French way of life.

The Times plugs nationalized health care - in the movie section, naturally.



Chief movie critic and Michael Moore fanA.O. Scott profiled filmmaker Agnes Varda, an elder stateswoman of the French New Wave movement, forSunday's Arts & Leisure section, and in his lead sentence half-facetiously, half-sincerely suggested a reason she was still so productive at age 81:



Is there something about France - the diet, perhaps, or the health-care system - that accounts for the extraordinary creative longevity of so many of its filmmakers? A half-century after the New Wave crested and crashed ashore, a remarkable number of directors associated with that movement are still making movies.