From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Bye Bye Birdie movie poster

It says something that Bye Bye Birdie, a musical inspired by a very specific news story of the late 1950s and devised as a humorous commentary on the cultural ethos of that era, has over the last 50 years become timeless.

Program Notes: The Big Sleep (1946)

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Raymond Chandler, on whose novel The Big Sleep was based, confessed that even he couldn't figure out the plot of the movie version. But Bogie’s sardonic tough guy and the heat generated by Lauren Bacall make it a film noir classic.

Program Notes: Charade (1963)

Charade movie poster

Can violence be funny? That's not a question you'd expect from a movie starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, but that was the issue when the comedy thriller Charade hit America’s movie screens.

Program Notes: Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Bringing Up Baby movie poster

Funniest movie of all time? That’s a tough call, but Bringing Up Baby has to be a contender. This screwball masterpiece screens on Sunday, January 27 at the Plaza Branch as part of the Movies That Matter film series.

Program Notes: Kansas City (1996)

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Kansas City has tons of atmosphere, terrific jazz, and a palpable sense of history. This is only fitting, since the film is director Robert Altman’s cinematic tribute to the city of his boyhood.