“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Shakespeare wrote, and in June, the Belfast Free Library’s free film series Friday Night Flicks will take a look at three very nontraditional takes on the Bard’s work. The remarkable diversity of these films proves the universal appeal of Shakespeare.

Friday Night Flicks are presented in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Screenings start at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

On June 4, Sir Ian McKellen stars in an unusual interpretation of “Richard III.” The setting of the play is changed from the War of the Roses to the mid-20th century, in an alternative fascist Britain. Robert Downey Jr. and Annette Bening join McKellen, who also authored the adaptation.

Akira Kurosawa is considered one of the greatest directors in film history. In “Throne of Blood,” he transfers “the Scottish play” to medieval Japan with Toshiro Mifune, perhaps Japan’s greatest movie star, in the leading role. “Throne Of Blood,” Kurosawa’s take on “Macbeth,” will be presented on June 11.

An all star cast featuring John Cassavetes, Gena Rowland, Susan Sarandon, Raul Julia and Molly Ringwald star in Paul Mazursky’s modern-day telling of “The Tempest” on June 25. Set in Manhattan and the Greek Isles, Mazursky re-imagines Prospero’s tale in contemporary terms.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.