From the Film Vault

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And the Nominees Are...

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With the announcement of the 2012 Academy Award nominations, movie lovers have just one month to see all the nominated films before the big day. The Kansas City Public Library is on the case!

Program Notes: The Sand Pebbles (1966)

The Sand Pebbles movie poster

Robert Wise wasn’t a “personal” filmmaker. Instead, he was a journeyman director who brought insight and competence to almost every genre. But if there is a truly personal film on his resume, it is The Sand Pebbles.

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: I Want to Live! (1958)

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I Want to Live! (1958) is the heavily fictionalized story of Barbara Graham's unhappy life and dramatic death. It's another example of director Robert Wise’s skill in tackling noirish subject matter.

New on DVD: The Ides of March (2011)

The Ides of March movie poster

In the political thriller The Ides of March, George Clooney plays a charismatic Democratic state governor who has thrown himself into a presidential primary. But this candy apple has a razor blade hidden inside.