Program Notes

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From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Dark Victory (1939)

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Dark Victory is one of those old-fashioned weepies that sophisticated film goers hate to love. Ever since its release, it's left audiences torn between sobbing and resentment over the picture's emotional manipulation.

Program Notes: The Women (1939)

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No good parts for women? Not in 1939. That was the year director George Cukor gave us The Women, an alternately satiric and heartstring-tugging comedy featuring an all-female cast.

Program Notes: Love Affair (1939)

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Love Affair points out precisely why Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne were such major stars in the 1930s. Both actors established screen personas that came through loud and clear no matter what the role.

Program Notes: Destry Rides Again (1939)

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In many regards, Destry Rides Again is a boilerplate oater: a new sheriff in town goes up against the crook who runs the place. Not terribly original. But the film is hugely enjoyable for one reason: James Stewart in the title role.

Program Notes: Union Pacific (1939)

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Cecil B. DeMille didn’t do anything halfway. Consider the hoopla orchestrated for the premiere of his 1939 film Union Pacific, a big Western about the race to complete the first trans-continental railroad.