Bryan Thompson reports his impressions of the trends in film from Venice Film Festival. 61. mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica di venezia FINALLY! I used this exasperated expression twice near the...

Otherwise the festival was relatively uneventful. There seemed to be lots of stars but overwhelmingly bland films this year. It appears that the new festival director Marcus Mueller was going for a bit of star quality to mark his debut in Venice. In addition to the “as-Hollywood-as-you-can-be” opener, Steven Spielberg’s Terminal, the first few days of the festival saw appearances by Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, John Travolta, Scarlett Johanssen and Nicole Kidman.

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