The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library continues its series of films in Room 208 of the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The weekly films are hosted by movie maven Erika Pfander.

The Friday night movies for August will showcase 1950s film icons Marlon Brando and James Dean. The next in the series will be “On the Waterfront” Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Winner of eight Oscars, director Elia Kazan’s classic morality tale stars Brando as Terry Malloy, a has-been boxer who experiences a crisis of conscience while working for mob controlled union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). Terry turns a blind eye when Friendly’s thugs kill a fellow dockworker to keep him from testifying in a corruption case, but he has second thoughts when the victim’s sister (Eva Marie Saint) urges him to take a stand. Rod Steiger plays Terry’s brother, also involved with the mob. Karl Malden plays a priest who tries to guide Terry.

“On the Waterfront” is 108 minutes long and was filmed in 1954. It is unrated.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the Hallway Books bookshop will be open in the hallway of the first floor. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. All screenings begin 6:30 p.m.

The building is handicapped accessible via the elevator off the parking lot. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to