November: In Days Gone By…
The Friday Night Flix film series at the Belfast Fee Library resumes in November with the theme of In Days Gone By...
The month features three Academy Award winning films that take place in earlier times.
All films are free and are shown Fridays at 7 PM in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Chariots of Fire (1981) Sports. How often has this been a measure of how we judge individuals - and the cultures they represent? And that’s never more apparent than in The Olympics. The year is 1924 and two British runners are competing in the Paris Olympic Games. But it’s more than competition that motivates each of them. Harold Abrahams is a Jew who competes to overcome anti-semitism and prove himself to Britain’s upper crust. Eric Liddell, a Scot, was born to missionary parents in China, and sees his running as a means to glorify God. And both are on track to participate in the greatest test of their skills – the 1924 Olympics. “Chariots of Fire” was nominated for seven Academy Awards and took home the Oscar for Best Picture.
A Man For All Seasons (1966) The year is 1529. The Roman Catholic Church is beginning to lose its grip on Europe. And Henry VIII, played by Robert Shaw, is only too happy to seize upon the opportunity. He has requested that Rome approve his divorce from his wife Catherine so he can marry Anne Boleyn. Enter Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England, who refuses to endorse the divorce, citing church doctrine. And what follows is a religious and political struggle that will test the resolve and principles of Thomas More – a man for all seasons. This Academy Award winner for Best Picture assembled some of the greatest actors of the English stage at the time - with Paul Scofield winning the Oscar for Best Actor. Not to be missed.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Americans have always been fascinated by the Old West - especially its legendary characters like Jesse James, Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid. And then there was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, real-life outlaws robbing banks and trains in the twilight of the Old West. Robert Redford and Paul Newman play the lovable, anti-heroes who are dogged, day and night, by a six man posse. They’re left with no choice but to leave the country and head to Bolivia, thinking the banks down there will be easy pickings. But neither of them speaks a word of Spanish. Oops! Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, famed screenwriter William Goldman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.