Flapper-era fantasy for Friday Night Flix

Jan 13, 2018
Twenty-first century American Gil Pender (Owen Wilson, center) parties with some star-studded 1920s company in “Midnight in Paris.”

Belfast — Fantasy is the theme for January in Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series, featuring far-out films from the 1940s to the 2010s. All the screenings are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

The series continues Jan. 19 with “Midnight in Paris” (2011, Spain/USA/France), for which Woody Allen won the Oscar for Best Director. It’s natural to romanticize the past, but if one could actually go back there for real, would it be as romantic as imagined? In this film, Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), a nostalgic screenwriter, is on vacation in Paris with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams) when he discovers that, at midnight, he can travel back to 1920s Paris and meet his heroes — F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso. Will he choose to stay there? “Midnight in Paris” was nominated for Best Picture.

The Fantasy selections conclude Jan. 26 with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004, USA).

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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