From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life movie poster

It’s comforting to know that 30 years after their heyday, the madmen of Monty Python still have the power to offend and outrage. In The Meaning of Life, these Brit twits tweaked sacred cows so remorselessly that they still leave bruises.

Robert Wise Film Series Introduction

Robert Wise

Robert Wise was never an auteur in the sense that Hitchcock, Fellini and Bergman were auteurs. Instead, Wise was a Hollywood director-for-hire who could tackle just about any subject. Some of his movies are classics.

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: Defending Your Life (1991)

Defending Your Life movie poster

Hollywood depictions of the afterlife range from the pious to the ludicrous. Weirdly enough, Albert Brooks’ comedy Defending Your Life rings truer than most.

New on DVD: Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams movie poster

I practically bawled looking at the Ice Age art on display in Cave of Forgotten Dreams, director Werner Herzog's documentary about France's Chauvet-Pon-d'Arc cave. It is that beautiful and moving.