Program Notes

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From the Film Vault Blog

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.

Program Notes: Kansas City Confidential (1952)

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Kansas City Confidential is one of those minor B movie masterpieces, crammed with tough guys, a noirish aura of desperation and greed, and featuring a surprisingly complex script.

Program Notes: Hud (1963)

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Viewed today, Martin Ritt’s Hud isn’t the electrifying experience that greeted audiences in 1963. Back when the social and cultural blinders of the Eisenhower years were still in place, it was an incendiary movie.

Program Notes: Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990)

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For years it was accepted that Evan S. Connell’s novels were unfilmable. But the unshowy approach of the 1990 film Mr. and Mrs. Bridge nicely approximates the experience of reading the book.

Program Notes: Lilies of the Field (1963)

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Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, Sidney Poitier was pretty much the only African American leading man in Hollywood. With Lilies of the Field he became the first African American man to win the Oscar for best actor.