Program Notes

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Program Notes: Eight Men Out (1988)

Eight Men Out movie poster

John Sayles’ Eight Men Out is a recreation of the notorious 1919 “Black Sox” scandal that has been called “the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America.”

Program Notes: Major League (1989)

Major League movie poster

I’m not here to tell you that Major League is a great movie. What it is is a very funny movie. There are moments of outrageous, explosive, kick-the-legs-out-from-under-you humor that leave viewers gasping for breath between laughs.

Program Notes: Field of Dreams (1989)

Field of Dreams movie poster

Field of Dreams may be the finest movie ever made about baseball. Not the game as it’s actually played but as a mythic place in the America psyche, eternal summer in which fathers and sons wile away the afternoons in an endless game of catch.

Film Series Intro: Hollywood Homers

Hollywood Homers

Baseball is a lot on the minds of Kansas Citians this summer. With that in mind, the Library is pleased to warm up the bullpen with the Hollywood Homers film series, an entire lineup of baseball movies.

Program Notes: An American in Paris (1951)

An American in Paris movie poster

An American in Paris sums up the very essence of Hollywood's Golden Era: Why bother with the real and true when the make-believe is so much more satisfying?