Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Lust for Life (1956)

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Asked to pick his favorite of his movies, Vincente Minnelli always named Lust for Life. You can see why he was drawn to the story of Vincent van Gogh. The painter was all about color. And Minnelli may have had the finest grasp of color of any director of the Technicolor era.

Program Notes: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is bitterly funny, astonishingly musical, and weirdly emotional. It’s a campy romp that you can hum all the way home. It may be the greatest midnight movie since The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Program Notes: The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

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The Bad and the Beautiful is a terrific movie any way you look at it, from the crisp, amazingly fluid black-and-white cinematography to the complex and detailed sound design to the marvelous writing and performances.

Program Notes: The Band Wagon (1953)

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The Band Wagon isn’t just a hugely enjoyable musical starring Fred Astaire. It’s also a musical about Fred Astaire and the disconcerting circumstances in which he found himself in the early 1950s.

Program Notes: The Father of the Bride (1950)

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Father of the Bride is a comedy which pulls off a remarkable stylistic juggling act in that it is simultaneously heartwarming and satirical. The movie has been called “suburban comedic film noir.”