Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque returns to Library 9/20

Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque returns to Library 9/20

[click “Play”, David Oyster speaks about Martin Scorsese]

9-20 TFF Scorsese Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque proves the adage about the best things in life: The film club offers free movies, food and food for thought in the form of lively discussions. The fully packed evening is a great vehicle for cinephiles, who jones for the art of the cinema year ’round, not just over the Telluride Film Festival weekend.

Programmed by Film Fest co-director Gary Meyer, the Fall 2010 series opens Monday, September 20, 5:30 p.m., at Telluride’s five-star Wilkinson Public Library, which partners with the Film Fest on this program. The Fall focus is the career of  legendary director Martin Scorsese, whose popular films include “Mean Streets, ” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” “The Departed,” and “Shutter Island.”

The first film of the four-part Cinematheque Scorsese event is “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies.”

The four-hour documentary examines the director’s favorite American films grouped by directors into three different categories: illusionist (D.W. Griffith or F.W. Murnau), closet activist (Douglas Sirk, Samuel Fuller and Vincente Minnelli), who dress up personal agendas as entertainment, and iconoclasts who openly attacked social convention (Charles Chaplin, Elia Kazan, Stanley Kubrick, Sam Peckinpah).

“Through this vastly entertaining, strong-willed new documentary,” writes the New York Times, Scorsese explains why, “its own way, ‘Cat People’ was as important as ‘Citizen Kane’ in the development of a more mature American cinema.”

Life is short, so eat dessert first: The 5:30pm pre-SHOW reception includes Italian roast coffee and biscotti. Due to the length of the film, intermission is a spaghetti dinner prepared by Chef Bud Thomas, served with your choice of vegetarian or meat sauce.

To learn more about Scorsese, click the “play” button and listen to Telluride Film Fest ringmaster, director/producer David Oyster, your host for the entire Scorsese series.
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