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Cinema Paradiso In Telluride

Leonard Maltin By Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin September 5, 2012 at 1:10AM

People who attend the Telluride Film Festival for the first time are overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of this historic Colorado town. Filmmakers are impressed by the friendly reception they receive from the worldwide gathering of movie lovers. My family and I love our annual trip to the Rockies and feel fortunate to attend. The jam-packed schedule over Labor Day weekend is an embarrassment of riches.
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Costars Laura Linney and Bill Murray after the first showing of 'Hyde Park on Hudson'.
Costars Laura Linney and Bill Murray after the first showing of 'Hyde Park on Hudson'.

I should also mention a sneak preview of Hyde Park on Hudson, an entertaining period piece about Franklin D. Roosevelt’s relationship with his distant cousin Daisy Stuckley. Telluride regular Laura Linney is excellent, as usual, while Bill Murray delivers a subtle performance that sneaks up on you. It isn’t an outright imitation, but he captures the attitude and certain mannerisms of the President so well that before long you forget you’re watching Murray and believe that he is F.D.R.   

For the fourth year in a row, French film archivist Serge Bromberg presented a compilation of rare silent and early-sound films under the umbrella title Retour de Flamme (Saved from the Flames). Serge is a great showman whose charming introductions build interest and anticipation for even the most obscure silent shorts. He also presented the world premiere of a long-lost Walt Disney cartoon featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Hungry Hobos. The Disney company purchased the rare print at a London auction not long ago.

Producer (and Telluride honoree) Roger Corman holds on tight as archivist and showman Serge Bromberg demonstrates how quickly nitrate film burns.
Producer (and Telluride honoree) Roger Corman holds on tight as archivist and showman Serge Bromberg demonstrates how quickly nitrate film burns.

Once again, festival co-directors Gary Meyer, Tom Luddy, and Julie Huntsinger provided a veritable feast in the most beautiful setting imaginable. My family and I call the Telluride Film Festival a spoiler: it’s hard to top.

Where else can you take in a seminar with world-class filmmakers and actors in such a beautiful setting?
Where else can you take in a seminar with world-class filmmakers and actors in such a beautiful setting?

This article is related to: Journal, Telluride Film Festival, Ben Affleck, Laura Linney, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Roger Corman, Serge Bromberg, Sarah Polley, Gael García Bernal, Noah Baumbach