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Friday Night Flix celebrates cinema centennials

Jan 01, 2020
Federico Fellini, right, directs Claudia Cardinale in “8 1/2” (1963, Italy/France).

Belfast — For January, Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series will start the new year by honoring five film legends born in 1920. All the movies are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, located at 106 High St.

On Jan. 3, the film will be “8 1/2” (1963, Italy/France) by influential director Frederico Fellini in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth on Jan. 20, 1920. The film appears on most critics’ lists of greatest films. It is Fellini’s homage to movie making as a director, played by Marcello Mastroianni, struggles with both personal issues and the hurdles of the film industry to make his latest movie. The film runs 138 minutes and is in Italian with English subtitles.

Born April 1, 1920, Toshiro Mifune is generally considered Japan’s greatest movie star. In “Yojimbo” (1961, Japan), showing Jan. 10, he plays one of his most iconic roles, as a wandering samurai who arrives in a small town and become the object of attention as two rival crime lords attempt to hire him for their own purposes. “Yojimbo” was later remade as the western “A Fistful Of Dollars.” The film runs 110 minutes and is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Gene Tierney, born Nov. 19, 1920, was one of the great leading ladies of the Golden Age of Hollywood. In the suspense film “Laura” (1944, USA), she gave her most acclaimed performance as a mysterious missing woman who becomes the object of a detective’s (Dana Andrews) obsession. “Laura” will be shown on Jan. 17. The film runs 88 minutes.

The screening on Jan. 24 will be “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” (1974, USA), celebrating the long career of Walter Matthau (born Oct. 1,1920), in which he rose from gifted character actor to a skilled leading man, capable of fine performances both in comedy and drama. In this action thriller, he takes a lead role as a police lieutenant confronted with a hostage situation in the New York subway. The film runs 104 minutes.

In “From Here To Eternity” (1953, USA), one of the great Hollywood classics, Montgomery Clift (born Oct. 17, 1920) shows why he is considered one of the finest and most influential actors of his generation. Among an all-star cast that includes Burt Lancaster, Deborah Carr and Frank Sinatra, Clift stands out. “From Here To Eternity” will close out the month on Jan. 31. The film runs 118 minutes.


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