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Cinema Paradiso In Telluride

by Leonard Maltin
September 5, 2012 1:10 AM
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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.

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?
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  • Norm | September 5, 2012 8:46 PMReply

    Two notes, Chuck Jones visited Walt Disney in the hospital where he was very ill, and Disney reacquired the rights to Oswald via allowing Al Michaels to do Sunday nite football.

  • Bill W | September 5, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    In 1974, I attended the first Telluride Film Festival. The honored guests were Gloria Swanson, Francis Ford Coppola and Leni Riefenstahl. An all-inclusive festival pass cost me $25 and lodging cost me about $10 a night at a charming old boarding house a few blocks from the Opera House. I had a great Labor Day weekend.

    After that first year, the festival quickly became an elitist event. If I had attended this year's festival, an all-inclusive pass would have cost me $780 and lodging probably would have cost about the same. What did you pay for your great weekend, Leonard?

  • Norm | September 5, 2012 3:59 PMReply

    Looks like fun, although, I would bring a chair, I might not be able to get off the ground.

  • marty goldman | September 5, 2012 3:45 PMReply

    Thanx for sharing!It sounds great.I'm planning on attending,in the near future.

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