Program Notes

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Program Notes: The Great Caruso (1951)

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The subject of The Great Caruso is, of course, the legendary operatic tenor Enrico Caruso. But for today’s moviegoers, the real subject is Mario Lanza, the charismatic American singer who portrayed Caruso on film.

Program Notes: Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

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Rhapsody in Blue, the 1945 biopic on the life of composer George Gershwin, is lightweight drama. But when it comes to Gershwin’s music, it's very serious indeed – a superb celebration of musical genius.

Program Notes: The Red Violin (1998)

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The Red Violin is an epic yarn, a bit of fiction inspired by real events and personalities, the 300-year story of a musical instrument described by one character as “The single most perfect acoustic machine I have ever seen.”

Program Notes: The Great Waltz (1938)

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The Great Waltz is terrible history. But if you’re a lover of classical music – heck, even if you aren’t – it’s a pretty stupendous experience, a prime example of a vintage MGM musical with melodies that will be swirling around in your head for days after a viewing.

Program Notes: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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Guys who love The Outlaw Josey Wales really, really LOVE IT. There are fans who think Clint Eastwood’s oater is not only one of the best Westerns ever, but that it is one of the best films ever. Say what? More on that later.