Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: The Secret Garden (1993)

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Despite the technological wonders of special effects, real movie magic is a rarity. The Secret Garden doesn't have any real special effects to speak of but it's pure magic nonetheless.

Program Notes: Hair (1979)

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Watching Hair constitutes a weird sort of time travel. After all, we’re seeing in 2012 the 1979 film version of a hit musical from 1967. And yet the memorable songs, innocent optimism and cheeky irreverence still works today.

Program Notes: The Runaways (2010)

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The Runaways were pioneers: five teenage girls who played nasty rock ‘n’ roll (they didn’t just sing it ... they played their own instruments) and whose front man (er, girl), Cherie Currie, flaunted her adolescent sexuality.

Program Notes: A Little Princess (1995)

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A Little Princess overflows with cliché and coincidence but creates such a marvelous, magical world that our intellectual objections simply give up and slink away.

Program Notes: Mary Poppins (1964)

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Mary Poppins leaves you amazed and amused by the film’s ability to blend a childlike sense of awe with some very sophisticated humor and storytelling. And everyone walks away humming.