Exploring 60s America in Three New Films: “Capote,” “Brokeback Mountain”
and “No Direction Home” (And More From Telluride) (by Eugene Hernandez, September 6, 2005)
On the nearly one hundred year old Sheraton Opera House building where the Telluride Film Festival began 32 years ago hangs a sign that reads simply, “SHOW.” The sign has been there since before organizers Bill and Stella Pence, who founded the event with Tom Luddy, first came to this mountain town in 1972. Somehow the word came to represent this festival, having been used on the first fest poster and then etched onto the silver medallion that organizers award honorees each year. “It’s the essence of what we are all about,” Bill Pence told indieWIRE, “We look upon ourselves as ‘The Show’.”
So how fitting that this year the legendary Mickey Rooney was in Telluride to receive a special award from the festival. His “let’s put on a show” musicals with Judy Garland, including Busby Berkeley’s “Babes on Broadway” from 1941 (which was a surprise screening here Sunday) embody the spirit of staging an event, in the case of that particular film cleaning up a dilapidated theater to raise money for needy children.
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