Even without the fundamentalist rigor you seem to require, the Dogma 95 Manifesto has succeeded in giving the world two of the best films of the decade. That in itself would seem to answer your question "What use is a vow?"
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Asked for a 1998 Top 10 list, I threw caution to the wind and handed over a 1,000-word essay ("The Third Annual OC WeeklyTheater Awards," Feb. 26). I regret that my favorite performance by an actress, Helena Schmied in Pygmalionat the Long Beach Playhouse, got lost in the shuffle of that effusiveness. Humbled by this experience, I will keep my praise to a minimum in the future.