The recent success of “Midnight In Paris” has brought the comic genius of Woody Allen back into the limelight, so Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flicks series will feature four of Allen’s earlier films in July. All presentations are free of charge and will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

Only Allen could make a hilarious comedy satirizing Russian literature. “In Love and Death,” shown on July 8, he and Diane Keaton  find humor in targets ranging from Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky to Ingmar Bergman and Eugene O’Neill. “Love and Death” marked the transition in Allen’s films from slapstick to romantic comedy.

On July 15, “Zelig,” a mockumentary far ahead of its time, has Allen exploring the meanings of celebrity and self identity. He plays Leonard Zelig, a man who literally changes to become more like everyone around him. Years before “Forrest Gump,” Allen inserted himself into archival footage with dozens of celebrities from the 1920s and ’30s.

“Broadway Danny Rose” will be presented on July 22. Allen costars with Mia Farrow in a loving comic tribute to those who try to scratch out a career on the fringes of show business.  Danny Rose is a theatrical manager who winds up in a world of trouble when his efforts to help one of his offbeat clients get him entangled with mobsters.

Allen directs a fine ensemble cast including John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri and Jennifer Tilly in the crime-comedy “Bullets Over Broadway,” shown July 29. Cusack plays an idealistic playwright who finds himself with an unexpected writing partner, a prohibition era mobster. Weist won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a Broadway Grande Dame.

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