As the year 2021 crept along, it became increasingly schizophrenic. Emerging from pandemic lockdowns was euphoric—until news of the redubbed Delta variant began to dash hope and cause doubt or panic. Still, theaters announced their reopenings and cinephiles flocked, some nervously, some exuberantly. The Pacific Film Archive, profiled in this issue, set September 1 as its indoor reopening date. Cannes took place, as promised, with glazed looks of believe-it-or-not excitement on every face on the red carpet and Spike Lee presiding as jury president at last; it concluded just as France began a new round of restrictions. Venice, the last festival to take place before lockdowns, said it would throw open...

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