From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: An American in Paris (1951)

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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?

Program Notes: The Clock (1944)

The Clock movie poster

The Clock isn’t all that different from dozens of other home-front romances churned out by Hollywood during World War II. But it is special, and for that we can thank director Vincente Minnelli.

New on DVD: The Whistleblower (2010)

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Based on the real experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, The Whistleblower carries a big dose of moral outrage. The film isn’t easy watching, but Rachel Weisz’s performance gives the film a human and humane center.

Program Notes: Lust for Life (1956)

Lust for Life movie poster

Asked to pick his favorite of his movies, Vincente Minnelli always named Lust for Life. You can see why he was drawn to the story of Vincent van Gogh. The painter was all about color. And Minnelli may have had the finest grasp of color of any director of the Technicolor era.

Program Notes: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch movie poster

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is bitterly funny, astonishingly musical, and weirdly emotional. It’s a campy romp that you can hum all the way home. It may be the greatest midnight movie since The Rocky Horror Picture Show.