From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

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: A Guy Named Joe (1943)

A Guy Named Joe movie poster

In A Guy Named Joe (1943), a dead man’s spirit returns to Earth to watch over the woman he left behind and, eventually, to help guide her to a new love.

A Tribute to Ken Russell (July 3, 1927 - Nov. 27, 2011)

Ken Russell

Ken Russell, who died Nov. 27 at age 84, was the sort of filmmaker who amused audiences and abused audiences in equal measure. He was not a gentlemanly director, he was more like an anarchistic madman. But a weirdly affable one.

Program Notes: Stairway to Heaven (1946)

Stairway to Heaven movie poster

Produced in 1946 at the behest of the British government, Stairway to Heaven from the writing-producing-directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger is one of the most satisfying film fantasies ever made.

Film Series: Beyond This Vale of Tears

Beyond This Vale of Tears

Throughout December the Kansas City Public Library’s free film series Beyond This Vale of Tears: Hollywood Visits the Afterlife looks at the many ways in which filmmakers have sought to depict the after-death experience.

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