From the Film Vault
If Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol feels like a live-action version of a cartoon, it only stands to reason. The man behind the camera is animator Brad Bird, who gave us some of the smartest and most ambitious animated features of recent years.
Students of French cinema will recognize Paul Mazursky's Down and Out in Beverly Hills as a remake of Jean Renoir’s Boudu Saved from Drowning. Both men exude an affection for their characters even as they examine their many foibles.