From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Heartland (1979)

Heartland movie poster

Heartland is the best movie about pioneer life ever made, a blend of emotional resonance and visual poetry, the intimate yet epic story of men and women struggling to survive on the frontier of America.

Movies That Matter: The Sequel

Movies That Matter: The Sequel

Movies That Matter is returning to the Plaza Branch. Movies That Matter: The Sequel consists of 10 titles from both the silent and sound eras. There are comedies, musicals, adventures, searing drama, horror – even an animated classic.

Program Notes: Cat Ballou (1965)

Cat Ballou movie poster

Cat Ballou is a Western comedy with a distinctly modern slant. It takes on the rising phenomenon of feminism and the old phenomenon of prejudice against Native Americans, and turns our expectations of the genre upside down.

Program Notes: The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)

The Ballad of Little Jo movie poster

A horse opera with an unusual perspective, The Ballad of Little Jo combines a gritty visual realism with a contemporary feminist sensibility to tell the tale of a woman who survived on the frontier by masquerading as a man.

Program Notes: Westward the Women (1951)

Westward the Women movie poster

A feminist film? In 1951? The makers of Westward the Women may not have considered themselves feminists but the movie they left behind is an entertaining and moving yarn about female empowerment.