From the Film Vault

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From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Damn Yankees! (1958)

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Damn Yankees! is an amusing retelling of the Faust legend set within the world of Major League Baseball. And it made an overnight star of an elastic redhead named Gwen Verdon.

Program Notes: Eight Men Out (1988)

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John Sayles’ Eight Men Out is a recreation of the notorious 1919 “Black Sox” scandal that has been called “the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America.”

Program Notes: Major League (1989)

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I’m not here to tell you that Major League is a great movie. What it is is a very funny movie. There are moments of outrageous, explosive, kick-the-legs-out-from-under-you humor that leave viewers gasping for breath between laughs.

New on DVD: Albert Nobbs (2011)

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A “trouser role” in opera is a male character can be performed by a woman pretending to be a man. Albert Nobbs is about a woman who takes it a few steps further, determining to live her entire life as a member of the opposite sex.

Program Notes: Field of Dreams (1989)

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Field of Dreams may be the finest movie ever made about baseball. Not the game as it’s actually played but as a mythic place in the America psyche, eternal summer in which fathers and sons wile away the afternoons in an endless game of catch.