Madcap Friday Night Flicks

Feb 02, 2014
The Beatles start their multi-media run in “A Hard Day’s Night.”

Belfast — As winter drags on into February, Friday Night Flicks, the Belfast Free Library's free film series will seek to lighten spirits with a trio of madcap comedies. All movies will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

February 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America and their historic appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Friday Night Flicks will mark this occasion Feb. 7 with a showing of their film debut. “A Hard Day's Night” mixes anarchic comedy with fantastic musical footage, bringing back Beatlemania in all its glory.

There will be more comedy Feb. 21 with “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.” At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet submarine runs aground on a small New England island, leading to a wild series of events as the locals respond to the "invasion." Alan Arkin stars, in his first major role, along with comic greats Carl Reiner and Jonathan Winters.

Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal star in “What's Up, Doc?” on Feb. 28. An homage to the screwball comedies of the 1940s, the 1972 comedy is filled with movie and musical in-jokes paying tribute to everyone from Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant to Bugs Bunny.

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

Russians land in New England, by mistake, in the Cold War comedy “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming." The 1966 film features, front from left, comedy legend Carl Reiner and Oscar winner Alan Arkin.
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