Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: A Christmas Carol (1951)

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Every year seems to bring another filmic variation on Dickens’ immortal A Christmas Carol. But none of them has succeeded in surpassing the 61-year-old British version starring Alastair Sim.

Program Notes: Defiance (2008)

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Defiance could easily have been just a story about killing and revenge. But this based-on-fact effort is also about something even more challenging – building a society more or less from scratch.

Program Notes: Munich (2005)

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Thrilling, complex and troubling, Munich is one of the great films of Steven Spielberg's maturity. Lurking deep inside its white-knuckle action is an inescapable conundrum: What if the persecuted become persecutors?

Program Notes: The Bicycle Thieves (Italy; 1948)

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If you’re a film geek, you never forget the first time you saw The Bicycle Thieves. That’s because this movie is so devastatingly emotional that suddenly you realize just how potent a movie can be.

Program Notes: Infamous (2006)

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Infamous is a pretty good movie with a performance by Brit actor Toby Jones as Truman Capote that should have earned him an Oscar nomination, and Daniel Craig as the murderer Perry Smith.