The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library launches a new film series this month with a free screening of the classic movie, "On the Beach" (1959), on Monday, January 28, 2013. The six movie series, called "Future Imperfect: Dystopian Films in Hollywood," will be shown at the main branch of the library on Monday nights through March. All screenings begin at 6 p.m. and will take place in the second floor events room.
Here is the full schedule films to be shown:
Monday, January 28 - "On the Beach" (1959)
Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins star in this two-time Oscar nominee about nuclear destruction from director Stanley Kramer.
Monday, February 4 - "Fahrenheit 451" (1966)
Francois Truffaut directs this adaptation of the influential novel by Ray Bradbury. Oskar Werner and Julie Christie star in the story of a society in which books are not only banned but burned.
Monday, February 11 - "Soylent Green" (1973)
Charlton Heston leads a cast that includes Edward G. Robinson, Joseph Cotten, and Brock Peters in this cult classic from director Richard Fleischer. The story, set in 2022, involves a mysterious food product known as "soylent green" and one detective's discovery of its horrifying origin.
Monday, February 25 - "Rollerball" (1975)
James Caan stars as a futuristic rollerball player in this film from director Norman Jewison.
Monday, March 4 - "Blade Runner" (1982)
Harrison Ford plays the title character in this iconic tech-noir thriller from Ridley Scott. Nominated for two Oscars, the film also stars Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, and Edward James Olmos.
Monday, March 11 - "The Hunger Games" (2012)
Based on the bestselling novel by Suzanne Collins, the film adaptation of "The Hunger Games" stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, a heroine who volunteers herself to enter a deadly competition in order to save her younger sister. The supporting cast also includes Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Toby Jones.
Check the library's website for more information about this and other programs. The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is located at 915 Monroe St. near downtown Huntsville.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.