Magazine article Variety

Crowe Gets Nod

Magazine article Variety

Crowe Gets Nod

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Versatile thesp to receive Arte Award

Russell Crowe will make the trek to the 59th Taormina Film Festival to tubthump Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel and also receive the fest's Taormina Arte Award.

He's in good company. Past recipients of the Taormina nod include Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson and Tom Cruise, who in 2000 stood on the Greek amphitheater stage greeted by hundreds of lit candles and a standing ovation to celebrate his 38th birthday; he was promoting Mission: Impossible 2.

But Crowe's presence this year at the Italo fest takes on special significance. It coincides with a radical reboot of the venerable event by artistic director Mario Sesti, who is turning Taormina into a mainstream showcase focused on genre pics along with auteur movies.

"From A Beautiful Mind to Gladiator, from Master and Commander to Man of Steel, Russell Crowe has proved to everyone, spectators and critics alike, that to be a great actor you need both a great physical presence and a great mind: sort of like Taormina, which loves the belly of the moviemaking art - comedies and horror films - and also the high-mindedness of auteur cinema," Sesti says. …

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