Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: The Lovely Bones (2009)

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It’s not difficult to see why Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones – about a murdered 14-year-old girl who from the hereafter observes the activities of both her family members and her killer – attracted visionary director Peter Jackson.

Butler Talks About: Beyond This Vale of Tears

Bob Butler discusses the films in the Beyond This Vale of Tears series, showing on Mondays and Saturdays all through December at the Kansas City Public Library.

Program Notes: Hereafter (2010)

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Director Clint Eastwood and writer Peter Morgan knew they couldn't prove or disprove life after death. So their film Hereafter became a meditation on the human desire to understand what happens when we die.

Program Notes: What Dreams May Come (1998)

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What Dreams May Come centers on the afterlife experience of Christy Nielsen (Robin Williams), a pediatrician who descends to the underworld to retrieve his beloved.

Program Notes: Between Two Worlds (1944)

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Meet Sutton Vane, great-granddaddy of the afterlife drama. His play, Outward Bound, set the template for many of the films featured in the Library’s current film series, "Beyond this Vale of Tears: Hollywood visits the Afterlife."