From the Film Vault

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Film Series Intro: Road Trip!

Road Trip!

There’s something quintessentially American about hopping in the car and taking out for parts unknown, of indulging our wanderlust and our appetite for new sights and new people.

Program Notes: The Sign of the Cross (1932)

The Sign of the Cross movie poster

Forty years after The Wild Bunch, 35 after Taxi Driver, and with memories of head-squishing Drive still fresh, I can report that Cecil B. DeMille’s sword-and-sandal epic The Sign of the Cross still has the power to shock.

New on DVD: Safe House (2012)

Safe House movie poster

Safe House is a spy movie about one guy’s attempts to survive while exposing a conspiracy within the CIA and offers Denzel Washington in award-winning charmy/scary mode.

Program Notes: Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Birdman of Alcatraz movie poster

Robert Stroud never saw Birdman of Alcatraz, the film about his life released a year before his death. Too bad. It’s a good movie, even if Burt Lancaster’s portrayal makes him seem like a better person than he actually was.

Program Notes: King David (1985)

King David movie poster

At least King David isn’t silly. Credit director Bruce Beresford and writers Andrew Birkin and James Costigan for trying to tell a Bible story without all the sword-and-sandal silliness that so often afflicts the genre.