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Capsule Reviews of AFI Festival Movies : Following are reviews for the American Film Institute Film Festival. All screenings are at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas unless otherwise indicated. : : TODAY

April 16, 1988|MICHAEL WILMINGTON

'The Blind Director'

West Germany, 1987, 112 minutes , 3 p.m . Alexander Kluge's film is a collage of episodes, interludes and little jokes to create a disturbing view of 20th-Century computerized life. People barely connect, and communication breaks down constantly. There's a hilarious interview between a scholar and a fool, and at the end this bleak metaphor: a blind, paranoid film director who hates what he's shooting. The dryly meditative quality will daunt some, but Kluge has chaste forms and interesting ideas. RECOMMENDED.

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