Sundance screens Redford films through November
Robert Redford has portrayed everything from an outlaw to a mountain man and has directed many films in his illustrious career.
To celebrate the man, the Sundance Mountain Resort has presented its own Robert Redford film series in November over the past few years.
The films, which are screened free, is another way to draw people to the resort during its off season, said Lucy Ridolphi, marketing director at the Sundance Mountain Resort.
"Our mountain is closed after the summer and is not, yet, open for the winter and it’s more low-key around the resort around this time," Ridolphi said during an interview with The Park Record. "But it’s still a beautiful place and this is a great time to get away to visit the resort and see a movie."
This year’s film series schedule is as follows:
All films will begin at 8 p.m., and the doors open at 7:30 p.m.
In "The Company You Keep," which also features Shia LeBeouf, Julie Christie and Susan Sarandon, Redford — who directed the film — portrays a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.
Redford also directed, produced and narrates the Academy Award-winning film, "A River Runs Through It," which stars Craig Sheffer and Brad Pitt as sons of a preacher, played by Tom Skerritt.
The Academy Award-winning "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is considered Redford’s most popular film. Directed by Roy Hill in 1969, the film, featuring Paul Newman as Cassidy and Redford as Sundance, tells of the two legendary outlaws and their plight during a changing America.
"Jeremiah Johnson," directed by Sydney Pollack, premiered in 1972. The film, starring Redford as Johnson an American soldier who becomes a mountain man after he heads west to escape the Mexican War.
"We try to choose a different variety of Mr. Redford’s films and mix things up with his classic and more recent releases," Ridolphi said. "I mean, to see ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ here at Sundance is a treat. And the same goes for ‘Jeremiah Johnson,’ which was filmed around the resort. Those are classic films that get better with age."
The newer Redford films in this year’s series is ‘The Company You Keep,’ which came out in 2012, and ‘A River Runs Through It,’ that was done in 1992.
"He has done such a huge variety of genres. I mean, what a huge body of work that runs the gamut from lighthearted films to serious films," Ridolphi said. "I mean when you look at things like "Barefoot in the Park" to "All the President’s Men," you can really see the scope."
During November and the film series, the Sundance Mountain Resort’s Foundry Grill and Owl Bar are open.
"This program provides great date-nights for people, and they can enjoy drinks at the bar before or after a screening, whatever they want to do," Ridolphi said. "Even if people don’t stay at the resort, they can just pop in and catch a film. The popcorn is even free."
The idea for the Sundance Mountain Resort to present a film series from Redford’s films emerged from another film series.
"We used to do a film series that partnered with the Sundance Channel," Ridolphi said. "However, we found that people really enjoyed the films that Mr. Redford has done through the years and how much they felt it was a treat to see them here at Sundance. So we started this one."
The screenings take place in the resort’s 144-seat screening room.
"The room was originally built here because of the Sundance Institute and it’s a pretty nice size," Ridolphi said. "The Sundance Institute labs use it during the summer, and, in the winter, we host a screenwriters’ lab during the winter."
Of course, the room is used during the Sundance Film Festival.
"That room has quite the history," Ridolphi said. "Think about all the people who have passed through those doors Quentin Tarantino, and other great filmmakers who have gotten their start on that screen — is mind boggling."
Ridolphi’s favorite Redford film is "Jeremiah Johnson."
"There are so many, but that one that is close to my heart because it was shot here," she said. "It’s so different from any movie that I have seen. It’s got a great story and great scenery and he did such a wonderful job at it.
"There is so much of that film where you see him alone and there is not a lot of dialog, but it is really engaging and still holds up," Ridolphi said.
The Sundance Mountain Resort, 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance, presents its annual Robert Redford film series during November. The screenings are free and open to the public. No RSVPs for the films are necessary, but reservations at the restaurants are suggested. For more information, call 801-225-4107 or visit our website, http://www.sundanceresort.com.
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