Program Notes

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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.

Program Notes: Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

Coal Miner's Daughter

Three decades after its release, Coal Miner’s Daughter is widely hailed as an American classic and remembered as the film that earned Sissy Spacek a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of country music icon Loretta Lynn.

Program Notes: Cadillac Records (2008)

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Cadillac Records is a satisfying amble through a rich chapter of American pop culture, the story of Chess Records and the personalities who made musical history there told with equal parts nostalgia, humor, and awe.

Program Notes: A Great Day In Harlem (1994)

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The Oscar-nominated A Great Day In Harlem is a warm, wonderful documentary about the most famous photo in all of jazz. It exudes a love of jazz and an admiration for these artists.

Program Notes: Leadbelly (1976)

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Leadbelly reminisces about the hard life of the blues legend - from wide-eyed innocent country boy to swaggering, hot-tempered young man to a still-robust white hair carrying the weight of years of sin and experience.