Program Notes

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Program Notes: Across the Universe (2007)

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None of the surviving Beatles participated in the making of Across the Universe. Nevertheless, the music of history’s greatest rock band is everywhere in Julie Taymor’s ambitious tableau of love, loss, and redemption.

Program Notes: The Prince of Egypt (1998)

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Animated features have for so long been the realm of the frivolous that The Prince of Egypt is a bit disconcerting. It's the biblical story of Moses, told with visual sophistication and remarkable fidelity to Scripture.

Program Notes: That Touch of Mink (1962)

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That Touch of Mink is going to seem a very odd movie to the audiences of 2012. One of the hit movies of the summer of 1962, it provides a snapshot into the morals of the early 1960s.

Program Notes: Samson and Delilah (1949)

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One may dispute Cecil B. DeMille’s claims of piety, but there was no arguing with his reputation as a master showman. Samson and Delilah nicely captures both DeMille’s strengths and his weaknesses.

Program Notes: The Music Man (1962)

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There’s something kinda sneaky going on in The Music Man. On one level it’s a celebration of early 20th-century small town life. Tossed into this agrarian Eden is another quintessentially American character: the charming con artist.