‘Ford v Ferrari’ Leaves Telluride Opening Day Crowd Shaken and Stirred

The Telluride Film Festival has a tradition of opening up with an anticipated world premiere, and the patron screening of James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari” did not disappoint.

Back in 2005, Mangold screened his Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” here in Colorado, and the film won Reese Witherspoon a Best Actress Academy Award.“Ford v Ferrari,” which releases November 15, 2019, from Fox/Disney, should yield a slew of awards nominations, including for director James Mangold and co-stars Matt Damon and three-time nominee Christian Bale (who won Supporting Actor for “The Fighter”).

How they break down this even two-hander is another Oscar season quandary.Despite a hefty 152-minute running time (a trend this fall), the bone-rattlingly intense “Ford v Ferrari” is a tight, taut, percussive, and emotional commercial entertainment that puts audiences inside the real-life drama behind race car driver-turned-designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and gifted, tightly wound driver Ken Miles

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