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.
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.