Posts Tagged ‘Telluride’

To say that I was in Telluride, Colorado for Christmas this year would be both true and misleading. I was there—but only for about enough time to take this picture. Long story short, I had to get to Quray by sundown. Parts of many classic movies have been shot in Telluride, Quray, and the surrounding San Juan Mountains, including True Grit with John Wayne and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

Christmas Day in Telluride

The historic ski town has also been hosting the Telluride Film Festival since 1974. So I dug around YouTube looking for something from the film festival that would be of interest and found this interview that Robert Ebert did with actor Glenn Ford and writer Elmore Leonard on the film 3:10 to Yuma (1957).

The screenplay for 3:10 to Yuma was written by Halsted Welles (based on a short story by Leonard) and directed by Delmer Daves.

Scott W. Smith is the author of Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles

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It would be hard to find more of a contrast to the slums of Mumbi, India than the wealth and beauty of Telluride, Colorado. But that is part of the ride that Danny Boyle has been on the last year or so. And last night in Hollywood he collected an Academy Award for best director. I’m sure at some part in the evening Boyle had to contemplate how life would have been different if Slumdog Millionaire would have been released directly on DVD as it almost was. 

How does a film go from almost being released directly to DVD to making over $100 million and winning eight Academy Awards? Because nobody really knows what’s a hit or a miss.

Today’s quote comes from an interview Boyle did at the Telluride Film Festival in 2008.

“My favorite is Apocalypse Now, absolute 100% favorite film, because the thing that bedevils us all the time is this battle between commerce and art, and it’s between– can you open the Cannes Film Festival or can you get your film seen by a big mainstream audience? And it’s maybe the only film that does that, that rides both those horses, without apologizing to anybody on the way. And it’s not perfect, which I also love about it, because I think perfect would be terrible; it is a bit of a mess at times, but it’s made by a madman with an extraordinarily kind of poetic coherence somehow. And I love that.”
                                                                 Danny Boyle   
                                                                 Interview with Alex Billington 


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