From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: David Copperfield (1935)

David Copperfield movie poster

David Copperfield has a well-known director, name screenwriters and it certainly has a cast to die for. But the individual most responsible for the success of the film was David O. Selznick.

New on DVD: Super 8 (2011)

Super 8 movie poster

J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 is a riff on all those Spielberg-inspired films from the ‘80s in which suburban kids got sucked into other-worldly adventures.

Movie Quiz: Blaxploitation

Super Fly movie poster

Blaxploitation films were by, for and about African Americans. Made cheaply throughout the 1970s, they made stars of performers like Pam Grier and Richard Roundtree and became pop cultural icons.

Program Notes: A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

A Tale of Two Cities movie poster

The problem with Ronald Colman (1891-1958) was that he made acting look too easy. In 1935 he was cast as Sidney Carton, the hero of M-G-M’s A Tale of Two Cities. Colman’s performance is as impressive today as it was when first seen more than 70 years ago.

New on DVD: 50/50 (2011)

50/50 movie poster

It’s one thing to make a raunchy comedy. It’s another to tell a serious story about someone coping with a life-threatening disease. 50/50 puts those two genres together so that they complement rather than cancel each other.