From the Film Vault
All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.
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.
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.
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?"
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.