Venice Film Festival 2011

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George Clooney poses on the red carpet for the premiere of his movie 'The Ides of March', which opens the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. Clooney's family drama "The Descendants" was chosen Sunday as the year's best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, whose prizes are an early influence on the way to the Academy Awards. (AP Photo/Andrew Medechini)

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Venice's lagoon is awash with water taxis whisking cinema buffs and paparazzi to the Lido island for the world's oldest film festival.

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