Southbury Public Library will be showing movies this month on three Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 PM and two Thursday evenings at 6 PM, and their stars, include several Academy Award nominees. The 3 Wednesday afternoon and 2 Thursday evening films are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. All have closed captioning.
The Wednesday films begin on February 12th with an oldie, the 1942 winner that has been ranked near the top of the greatest films in history. Set in French Morocco during World War II, it stars Humphrey Bogart as a cynical American expatriate, Ingrid Bergman as his former lover and Paul Henreid as her husband, seeking to flee the Nazis.
On February 19th Rene Zellweger, a Best Actress nominee, stars as Judy Garland during the last year of her life. She arrives in London in 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts, but persistent health problems prevent her from relaunching her stage career.
The February 26th film, set in the early 1920s, stars Elizabeth McGovern (who played Cora Crawley on Downton Abbey) as a Kansas woman who accompanies young Louise Brooks to New York City to study dance and finds her life forever changed. Louise, played by Haley Lu Richardson, went on to become an icon of the Jazz Age. Among the large cast is New York Ballet dancer Robert Fairchild in the role of Ted Shawn, a pioneer of modern dance.
The two Thursday evening films have both been nominated for Best Picture. Both are rated R (for ages 17 and up only unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).
On February 13th and starting at 5:00 PM, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as a faded television actor and his stunt double trying to achieve success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. DiCaprio and Pitt have been nominated, respectively, for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Winding up the month on February 27th and starting at the usual time of 6:00 PM is Joaquin Phoenix, nominated for Best Actor award in the role of a mentally troubled comedian disregarded and mistreated by society. He embarks on a downward spiral to a bloody crime, bringing him face-to-face with his alter ego.
All the films have closed captioning. Because of licensing and copyright agreements, the Library cannot list the titles. For further information call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 or visit the website at https://southburylibrary.org/adult-services/wednesday-movies/ or https://southburylibrary.org/adult-services/programs/