Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

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.

Program Notes: Layer Cake (2004)

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An entertaining gangster flick with plenty of style, Layer Cake asks us to root for a nameless drug dealer simply because he's less vile than his fellow miscreants – and because he's played by Daniel Craig.

Program Notes: Sylvia (2003)

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Sylvia falls short of being the final word on its subject. Still, the film has some fine moments, particularly a brave performance by Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath and a big dose of manly charisma from Daniel Craig as Ted Hughes.

Program Notes: Road to Perdition (2002)

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Road to Perdition is a brooding gangster drama – about fathers and sons, damnation and redemption – that continually defies expectations. Superbly photographed and staged, it creates its own detached-but-compelling ambience.