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Venice Hit By Torrential Storm

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 3, 2010 at 6:45AM

The forecast was for rain today in Venice, and sure enough a powerful wind and rain storm hit the Lido, knocking down tents and vendor stands and flooding stores on the main beach drag.
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Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

The forecast was for rain today in Venice, and sure enough a powerful wind and rain storm hit the Lido, knocking down tents and vendor stands and flooding stores on the main beach drag.

In the press room, where I was trying to post my Somewhere review, rain poured through the ceiling into buckets, causing the press office to it shut down for several hours, sending journos out into the elements in search of a wi-fi connection. I returned via bus to my hotel and posted from there.

Luckily, the deluge didn't last long, moving on toward Venice. More pictures and storm video below.

[Beach photo by Julia Chasman.]

Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

Here's the video I shot out the window of the third floor press room.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.