From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Raise the Titanic! (1980)

Raise the Titanic! movie poster

Raise the Titanic! begins with a montage of photos of the ocean liner under construction and setting out on her doomed voyage. After that modest nod to reality, the film quickly turns into a sort of James Bond fantasy.

New on DVD: War Horse (2011)

War Horse movie poster

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is big and gorgeous in ways that reminds of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. But while it often delighted my eye, it felt empty. Not even a deep cast of British actors could bring it to emotional life.

Program Notes: An Unmarried Woman (1978)

An Unmarried Woman movie poster

Few films have a firmer grasp on a time or location than Paul Mazursky’s An Unmarried Woman (1978), a movie that captures not only the look of New York City in the late ‘70s, but the intellectual/emotional feel of the place.

Program Notes: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown movie poster

Margaret Brown had a colorful life before the Titanic, and a very full one after that notorious maritime disaster. But in the collective memory of popular culture she will always be the “unsinkable” Molly Brown.

New on DVD: The Iron Lady (2011)

The Iron Lady movie poster

By now we should be thoroughly inured to Meryl Streep’s transformational abilities. Even so, her Oscar-nabbing performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady comes as a shock.

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