January: Cinema Centennials
In January, the Belfast Free Library’s film series, Friday Night Flix , will start the new year by honoring five film legends born in 1920.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
8 1/2 (Directed by Frederico Fellini, 1963)Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth, on January 20, 1920, of one to the world most influential directors, Frederico Fellini. 8 1/2 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. In Italian with English subtitles.
Yojimbo (Directed by Akira Kurosawa, 1961) Born on April 1, 1920, Toshiro Mifune is generally considered Japan’s greatest movie star. In Yojimbo, 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. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Laura (Directed by Otto Preminger, 1944) Gene Tierney, born on November 19, 1920, was one of the great leading ladies of the Golden Age of Hollywood. In the suspense film Laura, she gave her most acclaimed performance as a mysterious missing woman who becomes the object of a detective’s (Dana Andrews) obsession.
The Taking of Pelham 123 (Directed by Joseph Sergeant, 1974) Walter Matthau, born on October 1, 1920, enjoyed a long career 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, The Taking of Pelham 123, he takes a lead role as a police lieutenant confronted with a hostage situation in the New York subway.
From Here To Eternity (Directed by Fred Zinneman, 1953) In one of the great Hollywood classics, Montgomery Clift (born October 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.