Program Notes

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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.

Program Notes: Raging Bull (USA; 1980)

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Just how bad must a man be for us to no longer care about him? That’s the question at the heart of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, widely regarded as the best American film of the 1980s.

Program Notes: Quantum of Solace (2008)

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Quantum of Solace is the second James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, and it both reinforces Craig’s excellence in the role and points out some problems that the franchise needs to deal with tout suite.

Program Notes: Casino Royale (2006)

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When Daniel Craig made his debut as James Bond with Casino Royale, it was about more than just a new actor taking over an iconic role. It was a significant reboot of a franchise that for too long had been running on fumes.

Program Notes: Dave (1993)

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The populist spirit of Frank Capra lives on in Dave, a beguiling comedy about a presidential look-alike who finds himself running the country when the real president is felled by a stroke.