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October 24, 2007
'Lambs' stars in like lions at Rome


ROME --  Enjoying the first clear skies since the event kicked off, the largest
red-carpet crowds of this year's RomaCinemaFest turned out Tuesday to
greet the arrival of Robert Redford and Tom Cruise.

The two stars -- along with castmates Michael Pena and Andrew Garfield --
were on hand to promote "Lions for Lambs," Redford's latest directorial
effort, which examines the impact of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan in three
separate but intertwined stories.

Redford said that the film,
which screened to an
enthusiastic packed house
at Rome's Parco della
Musica, was his attempt to
spark interest in the issues
of the day.

"I don't consider myself a
director of political films, but
I did want to encourage
people to become more
engaged," Redford told a
standing-room-only press briefing. "This film doesn't provide any answers,
but I hope it encourages people to ask questions."

Wearing hair cut short on the sides with long bangs for his latest role,
Cruise flew in directly from the set of "Valkyrie," in which he plays the leader
of a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

Redford and Cruise were not the only big-name personalities to appear
Tuesday. Oscar-winning director Ang Lee showed up unannounced on his
53rd birthday.

Lee was in town ahead of Wednesday's screening of Sergio Leone's "Once
Upon a Time in the West." The 39-year-old film was refurbished by a group
led by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation, of which Lee is a member.

Lee has spent a great deal of time in Italy in recent years. Between 2005's
Oscar-winning "Brokeback Mountain" and this year's "Lust, Caution," Lee
has earned two of the past three Golden Lion awards at the Venice Film

Horror director Dario Argento and his daughter, actress Asia Argento, also
were in their native Rome on Tuesday but did not walk the red carpet.
Organizers switched to a black one for the midnight screening of "The Third
Mother," the final film in the helmer's "Three Mothers" trilogy.

The RomaCinemaFest concludes Saturday.
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Volume 77; Number 9
Volume 77; Number 9
Robert Redford, left, and Tom Cruise hit the Roma
CinemaFest red carpet Tuesday. (Getty Images photo)
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