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Program Notes: Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

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Given all its behind-the-scenes drama, Meet Me In St. Louis could have been a stinker. It was anything but. It's one of a small handful of perfect (or nearly perfect) movie musicals.

Vincente Minnelli: A Little Magic

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If he’d made only movie musicals, Vincente Minnelli would have earned a place in the pantheon of great American directors. Yet Minnelli couldn’t be held to just one genre.

Program Notes: A Night to Remember (1958)

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A Night to Remember (1958) offers an approach to the Titanic story largely devoid of fictional elements and melodrama. It is, in fact, one of the earliest known examples of what we now call a docudrama.

Program Notes: Scenes from a Mall (1991)

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In Paul Mazursky’s Scenes from a Mall, a couple of well-to-do Los Angelenos (Woody Allen, Bette Midler) drop emotional bombshells on each other while spending money like it’s going out of style.

Program Notes: Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

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Even moviegoers who take little pleasure in the films of James Cameron may find themselves softening up to Ghosts of the Abyss, the Titanic director's documentary about exploring the famous sunken luxury liner.

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