Renowned film critic Leonard Maltin on what Telluride Film Festival has that Cannes doesn’t


There are plenty of talented film critics in the media, and brilliant, passionate film scholars at work in academia.

But in the popular consciousness, Leonard Maltin has no peer. The busy critic, historian, author and, recently, podcaster has been the face of film for many Americans for the better part of four decades — first on “Entertainment Tonight,” then on Turner Classic Movies, the Reelz Channel and elsewhere.

But the 66-year-old doesn’t see it that way.

“I don’t think I’m preeminent,” Maltin said over the phone from Los Angeles in advance of his keynote speech at Denver’s 10th Neustadt JAAMM Fest. “I’m just available.”

JAAMM Fest — which stands for Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music — kicks off Oct. 26 and includes live music and dance, film screenings, author lectures, awards, parties and more at the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St.

But Maltin’s 7 p.m. appearance at the Elaine Wolf Theatre on Nov. 7 lends star power to the proceedings, given his near-constant presence in the media, and the enduring popularity of his dozen-plus books on film history dating back to 1970.

We asked the characteristically upbeat, easygoing New York native about this fraught moment in Jewish-American culture, his history in Colorado, and why he won’t be updating his all-time favorite movie when the American Film Institute comes calling.

Q: You were in Colorado just last month for the Telluride Film Festival. How did that go?

A: It was wonderful. My family and I have been going there for decades. Not years, but decades. Our daughter was 2 — the first time she went and so she’s grown up there. It’s also the only film festival I’ve ever been at where I have to use sunscreen.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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