September: Black and White
“Black and White” is the theme for September at the Belfast Free Library’s “Friday Night Flix” film series. The month features four classic black and white films from the 1930s to the 1970s.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Black &White, 1939) Power. It’s always been the coin of the realm in Washington D.C… But every so often an individual goes to Washington to challenge the mighty. Jimmy Stewart plays Jefferson Smith, an inexperienced local hero who is appointed by the governor to replace the U.S. Senator who just died. Meanwhile, the ruthless powerbrokers back home are licking their chops, assuming the naïve Smith will be easy to manipulate. Boy, have they got another thing coming! Nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Director (Frank Capra) and Best Actor (Stewart.)
Paper Moon (Black and White, 1973) This nostalgic and humorous tale begins at a funeral during the Great Depression. The deceased is a woman of questionable virtue. She’s left behind a daughter, named Addie. The question is: “Who’s the father?” One possibility is Moses Pray, a traveling scam artist who is talked into delivering Addie to her aunt’s home in Missouri. And thus begins one of the most captivating road trips ever put on screen. The chemistry between Ryan and Tatum O’Neill is undeniable. Like father, like daughter
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Black and White, 1948) Greed. One of the seven deadly sins. And it rears its ugly head in Tampico Mexico in 1925. Fred Dobbs, played by Humphrey Bogart, is a man down on his luck in Mexico after being swindled out of his wages. So, he and his buddy jump at the opportunity to search for gold with an old, burnt out prospector. They find the gold, but it’s what follows that makes this such a great character study. Nominated for four Academy Awards, John Huston won the Oscar for Best Director.
High Noon (Black and White, 1952) Tick. Tick. Tick. The Miller Gang is arriving on the noon train. And it ain’t gonna be pretty. Frank Miller was sent to prison by Will Kane, the town Marshall, who just got married and has hung up his guns. Instead of fleeing… Kane, played by Gary Cooper, puts his badge back on to take on the gang. But when he seeks the help of the townspeople he protected for so many years, they turn their backs on him... Will the Marshall prevail? Or will Frank Miller exact his revenge? Gong!… It’s high noon.