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Friday Night Flix “The Producers”
March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFREE!
“New York City in the 1960s” is the theme for March at the Belfast Free Library’s “Friday Night Flix” film series. The month features four critically acclaimed films from a decade where New York City was a prime locale for moviemaking. All the movies are free and take place at 7pm in the Abbott Room.
On March 24th it’s The Producers (1967) Producer Max Bialystock, formerly the toast of Broadway, has been reduced to wooing rich old ladies (“angels”) in exchange for them financing his next play. But after meeting with his accountant, Max realizes that he can make more money with a flop than a hit by overselling shares – and then avoid payouts to investors. The two men, played by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, produce the most distateful play they can find, “Springtime for Hitler.” It’s supposed to close after one night. But the production so campy that the audience falls head over heels! Now what? This is the directorial debut of Mel Brooks.
Rounding out the month on March 31st is Midnight Cowboy (1969) A naïve Texas greenhorn travels to New York City in hopes of making it big as a gigolo. Unfortunately, he’s outhustled by the very people he’s trying to hustle. Out of desperation he befriends a sickly, down and out con man, named Ratso Rizzo who lives in a condemned building. These two outcasts, played by Dustin Hoffman and John Voight, form a seedy partnership that transforms into a deep, abiding friendship. This movie was nominated for 7 Academy Awards and took home the Oscar for Best Picture.