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

Sam Shepard: Fool for Cinema

On Mondays and Saturdays all through November, the Kansas City Public Library will be showing films starring, written by, or directed by Sam Shepard. Bob Butler discusses his legacy.

Program Notes: Paris, Texas (1984)

Paris, Texas movie poster

Sam Shepard doesn’t appear in Paris, Texas (1984), but his fingerprints are all over it. His dramas specialize in American families coming apart under the weight of spiritual emptiness.

Program Notes: Days of Heaven (1978)

Days of Heaven movie poster

From the moment Sam Shepard first appeared on the screen in Terrence Malick’s turn-of-the-century folk-epic Days of Heaven (1978), audiences recognized something special.

Program Notes: Wait Until Dark (1967)

Wait Until Dark movie poster

Today hardly anyone recognizes the name of Terence Young, director of 1967’s Wait Until Dark, a nerve-wracking crime yarn about a blind woman who is tormented in her basement apartment by a gang of nasty drug smugglers.

Sam Shepard: Way More Than an Actor

Sam Shepard

For at least two generations of moviegoers, Sam Shepard has been recognized simply as an actor. But there’s a whole lot more to the man.