Friday Night Flix at Belfast Free Library
BELFAST – “Black and White” is the theme for September at the Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series. The month features four classic black and white films dating from the 1940s to the 1990s. All the movies are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Sept. 7 Our Town (Black &White, 1940) Based on the 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder, this faithful screen adaptation stars a young William Holden and Martha Scott. The story is set in the quintessential, small American town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. It’s just before dawn on May 7, 1901. You can hear the train whistle of the 5:45 headed for Boston. And walking home in the pre-dawn light is Dr. Gibbs, who just delivered a baby. Another day is about to begin in Our Town. If you’re a sucker for nostalgia, this one’s got your name on it.
Sept. 14 A Streetcar Named Desire (Black and White, 1951) Based on the Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize winning play, it tells the story of Blanche Dubois, a refined Southern Belle who is forced to live with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s brutish territorial husband, Stanley, in a run down apartment in the French Quarter of New Orleans. With Stanley’s world turned upside down, it’s only a matter of time before the pot boils over. Nominated for 12 Oscars, it stars Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh and was directed by Elia Kazan.
Sept. 21 Lilies of the Field (Black and White, 1963) As the first African-American to win the Best Actor Oscar, Sidney Poitier plays an itinerant handyman who stumbles upon a group of German nuns in the Arizona desert. Their dream is to build a chapel for the impoverished Latino townsfolk. As he helps them build the chapel, the nuns come to believe that he has been sent by God. Fittingly, the title comes from a passage in The Sermon on the Mount, “Consider the Lilies of the Field.” A feel good movie if ever there was one – with a theme song for the ages.
Sept. 28 Ed Wood (Black and White, 1994) Tim Burton directs this cult classic about a cult filmmaker. In the 1950s, director Ed Wood is a Hollywood outcast, due in large part to his eccentric habits and, frankly, lack of talent. But that doesn’t stop him from pursuing his dreams. In an effort to resurrect his career, Wood, played by Johnny Depp, strikes up a touching friendship with the once great, but now aging horror icon, Bela Lugosi. Ed Wood ultimately brings his low budget dreams to the silver screen, helped along by a group of show business oddballs and castoffs.