Adaptations is the theme for March in the Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series. The month features four exceptional films adapted from other media, dating from the 1940s to the 2000s. All screenings are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

Kicking off the month March 2 is “The Big Sleep” (1946, USA). Bogie and Bacall star in this pulp fiction, film noir classic, based on Raymond Chandler’s novel. In it, private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is hired by a rich general to foil a blackmail attempt. Along the way, Marlowe meets Vivian (Lauren Bacall), the general’s daughter, and falls for the dame, even as she double-crosses him. Blackmail, love triangles and murder intermingle in a haze of cigarette smoke. Directed by Howard Hawkes, the screen sizzles with the fiery passion of its leads … and then there’s the dialogue: “She tried to sit on my lap while I was standing up.” Who better to deliver that line than Humphrey Bogart?

The Adaptations series continues March 9 with “A Beautiful Mind” (2001, USA); March 16, “Blade Runner” (1982, USA/Hong Kong); and March 23, “Capote” (2005, USA/Canada). There is no screening March 30.

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