Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Charade (1963)

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Can violence be funny? That's not a question you'd expect from a movie starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, but that was the issue when the comedy thriller Charade hit America’s movie screens.

Program Notes: Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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Funniest movie of all time? That’s a tough call, but Bringing Up Baby has to be a contender. This screwball masterpiece screens on Sunday, January 27 at the Plaza Branch as part of the Movies That Matter film series.

Program Notes: Kansas City (1996)

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Kansas City has tons of atmosphere, terrific jazz, and a palpable sense of history. This is only fitting, since the film is director Robert Altman’s cinematic tribute to the city of his boyhood.

Program Notes: Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

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Captain Newman, M.D. is an all but forgotten rueful anti-establishment examination of war and the military. Nine years later, M*A*S*H would explore a similar premise, but with more anger.

Program Notes: Tom Jones (1963)

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Tom Jones, based on Henry Fielding’s picaresque comedy of 18th-century manners, is proof that a miserable, unhappy set can produce a movie that earns millions and wins Academy Awards.