Program Notes

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From the Film Vault Blog

In Praise of the Undead

Okay, I get it. Vampires are sexy. Smart. Tormented. No wonder they’re now a staple of chick lit. But when it comes to the dead arising and going forth to do mayhem, give me a flesh-chomping zombie horde any day.

Program Notes: The Golden Door (2006)

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On one level The Golden Door is a grittily realistic tale of one Sicilian family’s emigration to the United States. On another level, it's a near-hallucinogenic explosion of religious surrealism in which amazing fantasies are made flesh.

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.