From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

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)

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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.

Program Notes: Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

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When your resume features two of the most beloved movie musicals of all time (West Side Story, The Sound of Music) you can excuse the public for thinking of you as a director of musicals. But Robert Wise excelled at many genres. Especially film noir.

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: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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Not knowing what we really want is very much the subject of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, by many accounts Woody Allen’s best film in a decade. This comedy is sexy, thoughtful, occasionally fiery and almost always amusing.

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