Program Notes

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Program Notes: Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)

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Paul Mazursky says that all of his movies are autobiographical. But none are as specifically autobiographical as Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976).

Paul Mazursky: Love and Laughter

Paul Mazursky

Paul Mazursky’s films offer a savvy updating of the traditional Hollywood comedy in which absurdism is gently mixed with personal implication.

Program Notes: Titanic (1953)

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It took Hollywood 40 years to get around to making a movie about the Titanic ... and even then it was less interested in the disaster per se than in using it as a dramatic backdrop for a typical piece of Tinsel Town melodrama.

Program Notes: Mister Roberts (1955)

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Mister Roberts is only half a John Ford movie. Precisely which half has been debated ever since this naval comedy/drama was released in 1955. Ford, the grand old man of movies, was fired from the project halfway through filming.

Program Notes: Donovan's Reef (1963)

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Donovan’s Reef (1963) is a film of John Ford’s old age. Depending on how you look at it, it's either a gentle reverie or an escape from all the things in real life which were making Ford a cranky old man.