'Tom Jones' at last
Probably the only great film not yet on video at last makes it to tape. That's Tony Richardson's exuberant "Tom Jones," with Albert Finney (whom it made a star) in the title role. From Henry Fielding's novel, it's a raucous, raunchy look at 18th century England, a place of both high morals and high jinx. Tony Richardson directed. It won Best Film Oscar in 1963.
"American Me" is extremely violent, but possibly necessary. Edward James Olmos directed himself in this story of a brilliant Hispanic-American whose rise and fall in the drug trade is a cautionary tale for anyone willing to listen. Rated R. ***.
Stephen Hunter The great choral conductor Robert Shaw's 75th birthday will be celebrated tomorrow with what promises to be a very fine choral concert. In the past couple of years the DaCamera Singers have been garnering terrific reviews, both here and in Washington, for the beauty of their singing and the unobtrusive eloquence of music director Ernest Liotti's conducting. Tomorrow in the McManus Theater on the campus of Loyola College, the ensemble will perform Brahms' evergreen "Liebeslieder Waltzes" and a selection of Robert Shaw's best-known choral arrangements, including hymns, Spanish carols, Stephen Foster songs and spirituals. Tickets are $6 and $4 for seniors and students. For more information, call (410) 617-5024.
'Taking Back My Life'
Nancy Ziegenmeyer is an Iowa woman whose 1988 rape is the subject of "Taking Back My Life," the CBS Sunday Movie (at 9 p.m., Channel 11). Actually, the movie traces the aftermath of the crime, in which the victim gained national recognition and a lifelong vocation by choosing to tell her story publicly to the Des Moines Register in hopes of helping other victims. Patricia Wettig portrays Ms. Ziegenmeyer in the film, with Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Stephen Lang, Shelley Hack and Joanna Cassidy.