The four films being shown on Wednesday afternoons this month at Southbury Public Library feature some of Hollywood’s top stars portraying characters in stories true and fictional.
On May 9th Christopher Plummer appears as J. Paul Getty, one of the world’s richest men, dealing with a true-life event: the kidnapping of his16-year-old grandson. Getty finds himself battling his ex-daughter-in-law, the boy’s mother, played by Michelle Williams, who desperately tries to convince him to pay the ransom.
Hugh Jackson takes over the screen on May 16th as P.T. Barnum in a musical inspired by the ambition and imagination of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
The May 23rd film presents Meryl Streep in the role of Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major newspaper. With the support of her hard-driving editor Ben Bradlee, played by Tom Hanks, Graham fought an unprecedented battle between the press and government and succeeded in publishing the Pentagon Papers, exposing a cover-up that spanned four U.S. presidents.
The hugely popular film on May 30th escapes the real world with the story of T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, played by Chadwick Boseman. After he rises to the throne in the isolated but technologically advanced African nation, his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.
Because of licensing and copyright agreements, the Library cannot list titles of the films. They are offered free to the public, sponsored by Friends of the Southbury Public Library. They begin at 1:00 PM in the Kingsley meeting room surround sound theater, with infrared listening system available and closed captioning. For further information, call the Library at 203-262-0626, or visit the Library’s website at southburylibrary.org/adult-services/wednesday-movies/