Belfast Free Library announces March lineup for ‘Friday Night Flix’ film series
BELFAST — “Adaptations" is the theme for March at the Belfast Free Library's "Friday Night Flix" film series. The month features four exceptional films adapted from other mediums, dating from the 1940s to the 2000s. All the movies are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Kicking off the month on March 2nd is The Big Sleep (1946) Bogie and Bacall star in this pulp fiction, film noir classic, based on Raymond Chandler's novel. In it, private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich general to foil a blackmail attempt. Along the way, Marlowe hooks up with Vivian, the general's daughter. He falls for the dame, even as she double-crosses him. Blackmail, love triangles and murder intermingle in a haze of cigarette smoke. Directed by Howard Hawkes, the screen sizzles with the fiery passion of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. And then there's the dialogue. "She tried to sit on my lap while I was standing up." Who better to deliver that line than Humphrey Bogart?
On March 9th, it's A Beautiful Mind. (2001) Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same name, it tells the story of John Nash, a handsome but anti-social, mathematical genius who taught at MIT during the Cold War. On a visit to Princeton, Nash is invited to a Defense Department facility to thwart a Soviet plot by cracking one of their codes. He does so, but at what price? Paranoia, erratic behavior and institutionalization ensue. But it's the strength of his wife, Alicia, who stands by Nash to help him regain his mental strength on his way to winning a Nobel Prize. This film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Ron Howard) and stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connolly.
On March 16th, it's Blade Runner, the original. (1982) Based on the novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?" the story is set in 2019 (!) in a dark, dystopian Los Angeles. Harrison Ford plays the Blade Runner, a former police officer who is tasked with hunting down and destroying four rogue "replicants" – bioengineered synthetic humans, designed to work on "Off World" colonies. After a rebellion on the colony, the mutants have returned to earth and live undercover in the urban decay of L.A. Over time, Blade Runner has earned cult-classic status as a sci-fi masterpiece that begs the question, "What's human and what's not?"
On March 23rd, it's Capote. (2005) Based on Gerald Clarke's biography, Capote, the film focuses on perhaps the most significant and sensational period of Truman Capote's life. After reading about a murder on a Kansas farm in 1959, Capote convinces his editor at The New Yorker to let him travel there to cover the story. Tagging along is his childhood friend, Harper Lee (author of "To Kill a Mockingbird"). What they find becomes the basis for Capote's most famous book, "In Cold Blood." Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Philip Seymour Hoffman took home the Oscar for Best Actor. And deservedly so.