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SUSPENSE! Friday Night Flix for May at Belfast Free Library
May 4 @ 7:00 pm - May 28 @ 7:00 pm
Friday Night Flix for May, 2018
Belfast Free Library
“Suspense” is the theme for May at the Belfast Free Library’s “Friday Night Flix” film series. The month features four heart pounding, edge of your seat thrillers dating from the 1950s to the 1990s. All the movies are free and take place at 7pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Kicking off the month on May 4th is the crime thriller, The French Connection. (1971) Popeye Doyle is a dedicated, hard working New York City cop. He’s also short tempered, an alcoholic and a bigot. On the other hand, Alain Charnier (the actual French connection) is a dapper, sophisticated businessman living in Marseilles. He’s also a ruthless European drug lord who will stop at nothing to protect his 32 million dollar shipment of heroine to the United States. The car chase through the streets of New York City is perhaps the most harrowing scene of its kind ever put on film. This movie took home five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Gene Hackman.
On May 11th it’s the Alfred Hitchcock nail-biter, North by Northwest (1959) Talk about bad luck. Madison Avenue ad executive, Roger Thornhill, is mistaken for a CIA agent and kidnapped by foreign spies. But it gets worse. After escaping, Thornhill is falsely accused of murdering a man, and is now being pursued by both the foreign spies and the police. What’s a mild mannered ad executive to do? Why hook up with a beautiful blonde, of course. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint star in this legendary thriller with an ending that is both heart pounding and ingenious. Who else but Alfred Hitchcock could have directed this stunning tour de force?
On May 18th it’s Marathon Man (1976) This riveting, edge of your seat thriller stars two of the finest actors of the 20th Century – Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier. After the murder of an American secret agent, the agent’s brother (Hoffman) who is a Columbia Ph.D. candidate and marathon runner gets caught up in a conspiracy that involves stolen diamonds and an up-close confrontation with one of Germany’s most notorious, World War II criminals, diabolically played by Olivier. As it turns out, the marathoner will end up running for his life.
On May 25th it’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991) “Good evening, Clarise.” Sounds pleasant enough – except if it’s delivered by convicted murderer and cannibal, Hannibal Lechter to Clarise Staling, a rookie FBI agent, who needs Lechter’s help to catch another killer. It’s the cat and mouse game between these two (Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster) that elevates this psychological thriller to the gold standard of the genre. Not surprisingly, the American Film Institute named Hannibal Lechter the number one movie villain of all time! Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.