Friday Flicks feature Hoffman

Apr 05, 2014
Phillip Seymour Hoffman offered a remarkable portrayal of an unusual man in “Capote.”

Belfast — Phillip Seymour Hoffman, often praised as one of the finest actors of his generation, died on Feb. 2. In April, Friday Night Flicks at the Belfast Free Library will remember him through three of his greatest performances. All the Friday Flicks films are presented free of charge beginning at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

In 1959, a grisly murder took place in a small Kansas town that eventually became the basis of Truman Capote's book “In Cold Blood.” The acclaimed 2005 film “Capote,” shown on April 11, chronicles the story of how the author, played by Hoffman in an Oscar-winning performance, came to write the book and the tangled relationships he developed with the killers.

In “Before the Devil Knows You're Dead,” April 18’s film, Hoffman plays an embezzler who, fearing discovery, convinces his brother, played by Ethan Hawke, to help him in committing a second crime to cover his tracks. An escalating series of missteps lead them into further trouble and tragic results. This was the last film directed by Sidney Lumet.

The disturbing issue of child abuse by the clergy is at the heart of “Doubt,” John Patrick Shanley's adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize- winning play. Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Viola Davis all received Academy Award nominations for their roles in this gripping drama. “Doubt” will be shown on April 25.

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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