Cinema Sundays returns to the Charles

January 29, 1998|By Joe Grossberg | Joe Grossberg,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In a world of cinema increasingly dominated by films long on high-budget special effects and short on artistic merit, Cinema Sundays at the Charles provides the rare opportunity to enjoy first-rate independent films and then discuss them with distinguished experts.

This season's series begins Feb. 1 with "The Apostle," the story of a cunning and complicated preacher in Louisiana, starring and produced by Robert Duvall. Film critic and frequent guest speaker Eddie Cockrell will be the moderator.

"It's something that I've always wanted to do," founder George Udel, a Baltimore native and filmmaker for nearly 30 years, says of the series. "I would see the audience walking away from a film and wonder, 'How did they feel about it?' "

After the screenings, Udel helps moderate the discussions with the 300-plus audience members, often with an expert in cinema or a film-relevant topic.

Other films scheduled are "Oscar and Lucinda" on Feb. 8 and "Ma Vie En Rose" on Feb. 22.

As the list of films and speakers become final, Cinema Sundays will mail out updates to its members. Some releases will not have their titles revealed before their screening.

Cinema Sundays at The Charles meets at the Charles Theatre on 1711 N. Charles St. for a casual brunch, a screening and a discussion. The dates for this year's series are Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8, March 22, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 17, May 24, June 7, June 14 and June 21. All programs begin at 9: 45 a.m. Individual tickets cost $15, membership prices vary. For more information, call George Udel at 410-366-8675.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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