Film Fest Opens

Charlottesville’s annual Virginia Film Festival opens today, and will run through the weekend. With the usual packed schedule and the timing with leaf season (ie, tourists in town for the weekend), this is likely to be the sell-out success that it has been for the past decade. This year’s theme is Masquerades, and consequently includes films like Phantom of the Opera, Some Like it Hot, Tootsie, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

3 Responses to “Film Fest Opens”

  • Is it just me or does the Film Festival which I used to Love, just seem to suck now. No big stars, it’s just like a weekend in the classics section of blockbuster. I look over the schedule and other than one maybe two movies the rest seems like a waste of what use to be oodles of fun.

    Could it be made better or is it just time to die?

  • I think it’s just you, because I’m not quite sure how you can say that it’s not as good as it used to be. The year before last, I saw “Dr. Strangelove”, “Metropolis”, “Tron”, “Terminator 2”, and “Aliens” all in one sitting, and Sigourney Weaver spoke. Last year, there was “Titus”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “The Birds”, and “Harvey” with Anthony Hopkins speaking. This year we’ve got “Phantom of the Opera”, “Tootsie”, “Remember the Titans”, “Show Boat”, and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” with Paul Robeson, Jr. and Sydney Pollock speaking. I don’t see how the past three film festivals were anything but awesome, with great films and excellent, well-known speakers. The past three years’ film roster is just as impressive as it was in the early ’90s, perhaps even better. Or is it just me?

  • Although I’ll miss Roger Ebert and his wonderful shot-by-shot film analysis this year, the Film Festival is just one of so many reasons that I’m grateful to live here and be a part of it all.

    Sidney Pollack? Gena Rowlands? Silent films with live musical accompaniment at Culbreath? And, it’s all right here, in Charlottesville.

    A big thank-you to everyone who makes it happen: staff, contributors, volunteers, film-makers, actors…

    Harry Landers

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