2005: Good Night, and Good Luck. # Auteur factor: 4/10. George Clooney had only made one film previous to this. A bonus point, though, for his super-fame. (A reaction against last year?) # Festival factor: 7/10. Played in Venice (marginally less important than Cannes), won a ton of prizes there. # Hype: 7/10. This was a big deal! (It was very politically resonant during the mid-Bush years, as it is very hard or very easy to recall depending on one’s interest in Fox News.) # Total: 18/30 NYFF points.

2005: Good Night, and Good Luck. # Auteur factor: 4/10. George Clooney had only made one film previous to this. A bonus point, though, for his super-fame. (A reaction against last year?) # Festival factor: 7/10. Played in Venice (marginally less important than Cannes), won a ton of prizes there. # Hype: 7/10. This was a big deal! (It was very politically resonant during the mid-Bush years, as it is very hard or very easy to recall depending on one's interest in Fox News.) # Total: 18/30 NYFF points.

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