Program Notes

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

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In 1936 director John Ford was sitting pretty in Hollywood. Now, he was told by Fox studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck he was being entrusted with the hottest star on the lot and Hollywood’s biggest box-office attraction: 8-year-old Shirley Temple.

Program Notes: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

The Grapes of Wrath movie poster

John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath (1940) spends two hours rubbing our noses in poverty and humiliation, yet somehow sends us off with hope-filled hearts. And it stars Henry Fonda in his greatest performance.

John Ford: Not a Cowboy in Sight

John Ford

John Ford is best known for making cowboy pictures, but he made more than Westerns. It’s this “other” material that is showcased in John Ford: Not a Cowboy in Sight, the March film series at the Central Library.

Program Notes: Great Expectations (1946)

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There’s a lot of good acting to be found in David Lean’s Great Expectations (1946), but if you remember nothing else about the movie you’ll remember Martita Hunt who is brilliant as Miss Havisham.

Program Notes: Match Point (2005)

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Woody Allen’s Match Point isn’t a comedy. Rather it's a Hitchcockian thriller about murder. Aside from its thriller elements, it's also a meditation about class, upward mobility, lust, and guilt.