From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Stairway to Heaven (1946)

Stairway to Heaven movie poster

Stairway to Heaven is a romantic fable of such visual, verbal and emotional resourcefulness that one is hard pressed to think of another title that even comes close to its sublime satisfactions.

Program Notes: Kansas Raiders (1950)

Kansas Raiders movie poster

Though it’s inspired by the Kansas-Missouri Border War and is filled with characters drawn from history, Kansas Raiders says a lot more about assemblyline Hollywood moviemaking than it does about the era which it purports to depict.

Program Notes: Brief Encounter (1946)

Brief Encounter movie poster

You can try to resist the swooning romance of Brief Encounter. And yet David Lean’s film still hooks us, just as surely as it’s been hooking audiences for nearly 70 years.

Program Notes: Fly Away Home (1996)

Fly Away Home movie poster

Fly Away Home is one of those “children’s films” too good to be left to just the kids. Inspired by a true story, it's a ravishingly beautiful, often very funny, sensitive study about family and human/animal interaction.

Program Notes: Amelia (2009)

Amelia movie poster

Amelia is respectable and respectful, with a solid performance from two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank in the title role. But it rarely soars and the big questions that dog the legend are glossed over here.