Meet Sutton Vane, great-granddaddy of the afterlife drama. His play, Outward Bound, set the template for many of the films featured in the Library’s current film series, "Beyond this Vale of Tears: Hollywood visits the Afterlife."
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.
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.
Sam Shepard always has been obsessed with families in crisis, so no one should be surprised that he wrote a drama about family and collective guilt. What is surprising about Silent Tongue (1993) is the flat-out weirdness of this Western.