Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: In America (2002)

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In America (2002) is a movie that worms its way into your heart and takes up residence. It moves audiences in profound ways. It feels authentic. It ought to. Many of the scenes were lifted directly from the lives of director Jim Sheridan and his daughters.

Program Notes: Green Card (1990)

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Australian director Peter Weir is recognized for many things. Comedy is not among them. 1990's Green Card, in fact, is Weir's only true comedy in a career that spans more than 40 years. But it's a highly satisfying one.

Program Notes: Avalon (1990)

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Avalon is a movie about becoming an American.

It’s also about losing, little by little, the connections to their previous lives that informed the original generation of immigrants.

Off-the-Wall Preview: Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York screens free on the Rooftop Terrace, Friday, September 16, at 8:45 p.m.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a synecdoche as a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part...

Keep that in mind while watching Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York (2008).

Program Notes: Goodbye Solo (2009)

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In this era of anti-immigration rhetoric, it’s sometimes useful to consider what a newcomer to the U.S. brings to the table — namely a sense of enthusiasm and hope.