From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: How Green Was My Valley (1941)

How Green Was My Valley movie poster

If How Green Was My Valley isn’t John Ford’s finest film, it’s certainly the most honored. Nominated in 1941 for 10 Oscars, it won five - in a year when Citizen Kane was up for most of the same honors.

Guess the Movie!

Movies posters are iconic images that frequently make their way into popular consciousness right along with the movie itself. Can you guess the movie from the poster?

Program Notes: Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

Wee Willie Winkie movie poster

In 1936 director John Ford was sitting pretty in Hollywood. Now, he was told by Fox studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck he was being entrusted with the hottest star on the lot and Hollywood’s biggest box-office attraction: 8-year-old Shirley Temple.

New on DVD: Anonymous (2011)

Anonymous movie poster

Here’s a sentence I never expected to read, much less write: Director Roland Emmerich has made a movie of ideas. And if his Anonymous is a largely chilly and cerebral affair, it’s positively overflowing with brain-tickling notions.

Program Notes: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

The Grapes of Wrath movie poster

John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath (1940) spends two hours rubbing our noses in poverty and humiliation, yet somehow sends us off with hope-filled hearts. And it stars Henry Fonda in his greatest performance.