Program Notes

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Program Notes: A Guy Named Joe (1943)

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In A Guy Named Joe (1943), a dead man’s spirit returns to Earth to watch over the woman he left behind and, eventually, to help guide her to a new love.

Program Notes: Stairway to Heaven (1946)

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Produced in 1946 at the behest of the British government, Stairway to Heaven from the writing-producing-directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger is one of the most satisfying film fantasies ever made.

Film Series: Beyond This Vale of Tears

Beyond This Vale of Tears

Throughout December the Kansas City Public Library’s free film series Beyond This Vale of Tears: Hollywood Visits the Afterlife looks at the many ways in which filmmakers have sought to depict the after-death experience.

Program Notes: Silent Tongue (1993)

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Sam Shepard always has been obsessed with families in crisis, so no one should be surprised that he wrote a drama about family and collective guilt. What is surprising about Silent Tongue (1993) is the flat-out weirdness of this Western.

Program Notes: Thunderheart (1992)

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Michael Apted's Thunderheart (1992) is about civil unrest and a murder on a South Dakota Indian reservation.

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