From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: My Left Foot (1989)

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At this stage of his career, Day-Lewis' total immersion into the characters he plays is legendary. But it was obvious nearly a quarter-century ago when he won his first statuette for playing Christy Brown in My Left Foot.

Program Notes: The Flower of My Secret (1995)

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The Flower of My Secret is at heart a traditional "women's picture," but thanks to Almodóvar's unique style it comes off as a minor miracle, both for its heroine and for its writer/director.

Program Notes: The Great Escape (1963)

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It is possible to pinpoint precisely the moment that Steve McQueen became a movie star. It comes in the last 20 minutes of The Great Escape. It's so exciting you can taste it. And you know that the cocky, handsome, volatile actor was a bona fide movie star.

Program Notes: Nights of Cabiria (1957)

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In Nights of Cabiria actress Giulietta Masina and director Federico Fellini give us a funny, beguiling, and heartbreaking examination of innocence that has yet to be surpassed.

Program Notes: The Birds (1963)

The Birds movie poster

Alfred Hitchcock liked to take chances. He took a huge one with The Birds, a story about our feathered friends turning homicidal and waging war on humanity with one of his most puzzling endings.