Film Scouts Diaries

1996 Telluride Film Festival Diaries
Local Color

by Leslie Rigoulot

August 31, 1996

Maybe it is the 15 mile an hour speed limit in town or the high mountain desert air, but the atmosphere here is so laid back that it is understandable that some folks come for a visit and stay. I was backing my car out of the on street parking when a man stepped out behind my car. At first I thought he was just walking around the car but then he motioned for me to keep backing. I realized that he was stopping traffic so I could get out! How nice! How plain, old-fashioned nice! The locals may not like the influx of cel phone carrying Hollywood types but they are gracious anyway. The Montessori school is holding a continuous bake sale near the Community Center. Outside of the Max theater, also known as the Telluride High School gym, a young girl was selling pink lemonade from a shopping cart. When "Riot" was showing she assured passersby that lemonade would calm even a riot. When "Twelfth Night" was starting she told everyone that even Shakespeare loved pink lemonade. When life gives you lemons......

On the way from Ridgeway to Telluride is the Ralph Lauren ranch, the Double RL. Locals had been concerned that when the lady who owned it previously passed away the land would be subdivided and developed. To everyone's delight Lauren has kept most of it intact and a working ranch. I won't feel so bad the next time I shop.

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