Tragic love for February films

Jan 26, 2013
Vivien Leigh stars as a lovelorn ballerina in "Waterloo Bridge."

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The theme for February's movies is Tragic Loves.

This month’s series opens Feb. 1 with “Waterloo Bridge,” a non-rated film from 1940 that runs 103 minutes. After falling madly in love, ballerina Myra (Vivien Leigh) and British officer Roy (Robert Taylor) unwillingly part ways during World War I. Driven to a life of prostitution, Myra battles shame and struggles to reconnect with Roy when he unexpectedly returns from combat. Based on a play by Robert E. Sherwood, this wartime romance received Academy Award nominations for cinematography and original score. “Waterloo Bridge” was Leigh’s first film after “Gone With the Wind.”

There will be no screening Feb. 8, due to a scheduling conflict. The month’s remaining films will be “Random Harvest” (1942, USA) on Feb. 15; and “Anna Karenina” (1935, USA). If there is any question about the movie being canceled due to weather, call ahead to the library at 354-2453 for updates.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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