From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: First Monday in October (1981)

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First Monday in October is less about a woman breaking into an all-male bastion than about the philosophical conflicts that exist within the Supreme Court and their effect on the legal decisions that the rest of us must live with.

Program Notes: The Graduate (1967)

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Mike Nichols’ The Graduate is one of those touchstone movies. You never forget the first time you saw it. But I’m not sure The Graduate I saw more than 40 years ago is the same Graduate I watch today on DVD...because I’m no longer the same person.

Program Notes: It Happened One Night (1934)

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Watching it today, it’s impossible to imagine It Happened One Night starring anyone but Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Yet director Frank Capra originally had in mind totally different actors.

Program Notes: Blazing Saddles (1974)

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Blazing Saddles isn’t really a movie. It’s a bunch of funny ideas on a particular topic – in this case the classic Hollywood Western – spun out by the anarchistic mind of Mel Brooks.

Program Notes: Duck Soup (1933)

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Duck Soup is the Marx Brothers' masterpiece, acclaimed not only for its brilliant comic routines but for its satire of nationalism, jingoism, and saber-rattling. There’s no plot to speak of here...mostly the setup provides a framework for some of their most memorable routines.