From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: The Verdict (1982)

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Paul Newman should have won an Oscar for his work in The Verdict. Typically, he was an impossibly handsome, disarmingly charming screen presence. But as ambulance-chasing Boston lawyer Frank Galvin, he played against type and the results were spectacular.

Program Notes: Big Wednesday (1978)

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There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to John Milius’ surfing epic Big Wednesday. Either it leaves you cold or swooning. Surf enthusiasts claim it presents the most accurate screen depiction of beach culture.

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.