From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: America America (1963)

America America movie poster

Most films about the immigrant experience begin with the protagonist’s arrival in a new land. America America, though, ends with a shot of the Statue of Liberty as its hero sails into New York Harbor. It’s the physical and emotional journey he takes to get there that interested filmmaker Elia Kazan.

Film Series Introduction: I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door

Statue of Liberty - photo credit Pepijn Schmitz

Unless you're a full-blooded Native American, you're an immigrant or the descendant of immigrants.

You could even say that the journey to the New World is built into our DNA.

The experiences of our forefathers in coming to this country — and the struggles of today's immigrant — is the subject of The Golden Door film series playing in September at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library.

Off-the-Wall Preview: Blood and Wine

Blood and Wine

As Blood and Wine nears its final reel, Jack Nicholson pulls himself out of a hammock in a flailing effort notable for its lack of grace. It is obvious he is not ready for what is coming at him – an experience that an audience ill-prepared for this film might share.

Off-the-Wall: More than Just a Game

It is a casual gesture – but when John Malkovich grabs a poker to stoke a fire warming his palatial estate, he also grabs filmgoers by issuing a sinister yet off-hand threat to Ray Winstone: "Do you want to tell me what you want, or do you want a truffling pig to find you dead in a month or two?"

Roger Ebert Riffs on Dark City

The films Dark City and The Cell have a few things in common: 1) they are both among Roger Ebert’s favorite films (more on that below); and 2) each one is part of a rare film type where its characters – as well as its audience – are thrust into a strange world beyond their immediate comprehension.