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in telluride | “dodsworth”, “severance” and “venus”

in telluride | "dodsworth", "severance" and "venus"

Since posting last night, I’ve watched three more films (“Dodsworth”, “Severance” and “Venus”)…William Wyler‘s 1936 film “Dodsworth” is one the highlights of my festival so far. (Called a “rejected masterpiece”, the film was hardly embraced in its day, despite 7 Oscar nominations). The story of a man and a woman who, after about 20 years of marriage, head off to Europe in search of new experiences, ties into a couple of other movies I’ve seen in Telluride…I’ll explore that further in my fest dispatch in indieWIRE on Monday. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn, the film was made outside the studio system, as Sam Goldwyn, Jr. explained during a post-screening Q&A this afternoon at the new Pierre Theater here at the fest…

Christopher Smith‘s “Severance” is a graphic and hilarious b-movie style horror flick that will appeal even to those who don’t typically go for such things. As funny and enjoyable as “Snakes on A Plane”, the film follows a group of office workers embarking on a team-building retreat in the woods of Eastern Europe. When they hit a roadblock andd decide to try an find the resort by foot, all hell breaks loose…and gory hilarity ensues.

Finally, Roger Michell‘s “Venus” didn’t blow me away…perhaps because I’ve been fortunate to catch a number of distinctive, sometimes strange, new films here the past two days. Its a bit more conventional, although not without pushing a few buttons, and certainly not bad… Of note, in fact, is the often hilarious lead featuring Peter O’Toole as an aging British actor who falls for a young woman.

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