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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.

John Ford: Not a Cowboy in Sight

John Ford

John Ford is best known for making cowboy pictures, but he made more than Westerns. It’s this “other” material that is showcased in John Ford: Not a Cowboy in Sight, the March film series at the Central Library.

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?

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