Fourth Estate in Friday Night Flicks

Jun 01, 2014
Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” will open the June Friday Night Flicks at Belfast Free Library.

Belfast — The movies and the press have always had a love affair with each other. In June, Belfast Free Library’s free film series, Friday Night Flicks, will present four films that deal with the fourth estate. All films will be shown 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

“Citizen Kane,” on June 6, is so often lauded as one of the greatest movies of all time, praised for its many dramatic and technical innovations, that it is sometimes easy to overlook that it is, first of all, a great story. Based on the life of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, it made Orson Welles a superstar … but left a legacy he struggled the rest of his life to maintain.

On June 13, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman portray Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in the blockbuster adaptation of their bestselling expose of the Watergate scandal, “All The President’s Men.” Real journalists of the day praised the film for its realistic depiction of the newspaper business.

The darker side of the press is on display June 20 in the drama “Absence of Malice,” starring Paul Newman as a Miami businessman who finds his life turned upside down by an ambitious and unscrupulous reporter played by Sally Field. When they discover that they have both been used as pawns in a larger game, the plot thickens.

The final presentation, June 27, will be “Zodiac.” Throughout the 1970s, the serial killer who called himself Zodiac taunted the police and the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle with encrypted letters after each of his crimes. While seasoned reporters and detectives were stumped, the code was eventually cracked by the most unlikely person. Jake Gyllenhall, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo lead a terrific cast.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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