From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

New on DVD: The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life movie poster

You’d have to go back to 2001: A Space Odyssey to find a motion picture as inspiring and divisive as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. It's a story of one family, but in fact it attempts to distill the very experience of being human.

Program Notes: Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Meet Me in St. Louis movie poster

Given all its behind-the-scenes drama, Meet Me In St. Louis could have been a stinker. It was anything but. It's one of a small handful of perfect (or nearly perfect) movie musicals.

Vincente Minnelli: A Little Magic

Vincente Minnelli

If he’d made only movie musicals, Vincente Minnelli would have earned a place in the pantheon of great American directors. Yet Minnelli couldn’t be held to just one genre.

Program Notes: A Night to Remember (1958)

A Night to Remember movie poster

A Night to Remember (1958) offers an approach to the Titanic story largely devoid of fictional elements and melodrama. It is, in fact, one of the earliest known examples of what we now call a docudrama.

New on DVD: The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

The Adventures of Tintin movie poster

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin has so many jaw-dropping moments of visual splendor that it takes a while to realize that there’s really nothing much of interest here except the jaw-dropping visual splendor.

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