Program Notes

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Program Notes: Blazing Saddles (1974)

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Blazing Saddles isn’t really a movie. It’s a bunch of funny ideas on a particular topic – in this case the classic Hollywood Western – spun out by the anarchistic mind of Mel Brooks.

Program Notes: Duck Soup (1933)

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Duck Soup is the Marx Brothers' masterpiece, acclaimed not only for its brilliant comic routines but for its satire of nationalism, jingoism, and saber-rattling. There’s no plot to speak of here...mostly the setup provides a framework for some of their most memorable routines.

Program Notes: Annie Hall (1977)

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For a film that even its makers were sure was headed for disaster, Annie Hall did just fine. The movie won the Oscar for best picture, while Keaton was named best actress. Allen won statuettes for direction and screenplay.

Program Notes: Some Like It Hot (1959)

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Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot is such a beloved movie – in 2000 it was named the best Hollywood comedy ever in an American Film Institute poll – that few remember that the critics disliked it and that the studio didn’t want to make it.

Program Notes: The Mambo Kings (1992)

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The Mambo Kings is an irresistible blend of music, romance, and more undiluted testosterone than can be found in the entire Die Hard series. Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas simply burn up the screen.