March means St. Patrick's Day. And what better way to celebrate the Emerald Isle than with a film series that captures key elements of the Irish experience?
Catch some blarney and brilliance with Luck of the Irish, screening on Saturdays in March, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Odd Man Out (UK; 1947) on March 9, 2013
Carol Reed (The Third Man) directs James Mason as an IRA gunman on the run from police following a failed robbery in Belfast. Noteworthy for its near-surreal depiction of the city from the perspective of a frightened, wounded man. With Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack.
(116 minutes; NR)
Once(Ireland; 2006) on March 16, 2013
A guitar-strumming Dublin street busker (Glen Hansard) and a Czech immigrant (Marketa Irglova) almost fall in love and definitely make great music (including the Oscar-winning song "Falling Slowly") in this gem of a mini-musical. (85 minutes; R)
Bloody Sunday(UK/Ireland; 2002) on March 23, 2013
Director Paul Greengrass (United 93, the Bourne series) offers an historic recreation of the 1972 incident in which British troops fired on marchers at a civil rights rally in Derry, Ireland. The massacre remains an open wound in the long, contested history of the British in Northern Ireland. (107 minutes; R)
The Commitments (Ireland/UK/USA; 1991) on March 30, 2013
A ragtag group of Dublin music lovers form their own rhythm-and-blues band to bring soul music to the Irish capital. This comedy features some of the most enjoyable music numbers you'll ever hear in a movie. (118 minutes; R)
Admission is free for all screenings.