From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

New on DVD: Albert Nobbs (2011)

Albert Nobbs movie poster

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)

Field of Dreams movie poster

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.

Film Series Intro: Hollywood Homers

Hollywood Homers

Baseball is a lot on the minds of Kansas Citians this summer. With that in mind, the Library is pleased to warm up the bullpen with the Hollywood Homers film series, an entire lineup of baseball movies.

New on DVD: Certified Copy (2010)

Certified Copy movie poster

Initially it looks as if Certified Copy is going to follow the familiar format: Two strangers spend several hours talking and walking through a picturesque setting. But questions of what’s real and what’s phony will dominate this fledgling relationship.

Program Notes: An American in Paris (1951)

An American in Paris movie poster

An American in Paris sums up the very essence of Hollywood's Golden Era: Why bother with the real and true when the make-believe is so much more satisfying?