Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sherwood Forest in Cannes

The news has broken that Ridley Scott's updated version of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, will open this year Cannes Film Festival on May 12. It's Mr. Scott's third appearance at the festival to date starting with The Duelists and Thelma and Louise. It will open out of competition and follows a long line of recent would-be Hollywood blockbusters that opened the prestigious film festival. Past big time Hollywood movies to open Cannes include Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, The Da Vinci Code, to last years Up. I don't quite know how I feel about this trend personally-- I totally understand that as a business it's ideal to have a huge premiere for the worlds most famous film festival, but shouldn't Cannes be sacred at least a little bit. I've always been fascinated by Cannes far more than any other film festival because of the richness of film history and sort of grand semblance that it means for filmmaking. I understand my fascination is covered in filmic ideals that probably don't exist, but isn't that supposed to be the allure of film festivals-- the sense of discovering about the very best (and worst) the world has to offer. Robin Hood opens in the United States on May 15 to a million screens everywhere-- there's seems no need to hype something that will be readily available to everyone, right? Anyhow, I'll conclude this rant, I hope it sounds coherent. In other Cannes-related news, Tim Burton will be heading the jury this very vangaard!

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