Senator falls silent, but with subtitles Movies: Before there was sound, there was 'Nosferatu'

it's among 3 silent films being screened this weekend.

May 01, 1998|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" (1931) and F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" (1922) kick off the Senator Theatre's silent and subtitled film festival today at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ("Nosferatu" will feature live accompaniment by organ player Mark Kotishon).

Saturday's program will feature a 1 p.m. screening of a subtitled "Man in the Iron Mask"; "Titanic" will be shown at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Sunday, it's all "Star Wars," all the time: The "Star Wars" trilogy will be screened in order starting at 1 p.m.

Monday will feature day-long screenings of "Baraka," a 70-millimeter epic about the Earth's creation and humans' effect on the planet. Short cartoons and comedies featuring the comedian Rowan Atkinson ("Bean") will be interspersed throughout the programs. For show times and ticket information, call 410-435-1440.

'Trash' lures elite crowd

John Waters, film representative John Pierson, experimental film pioneers George and Mike Kuchar and actress Mary Vivian Pearce are among luminaries scheduled to attend the premiere of "Divine Trash," Steve Yeager's award-winning documentary about Waters' early career, at the Senator Theatre on Tuesday.

Also in attendance will be Waters' parents (who have never seen "Pink Flamingos," the filming of which Yeager documents in the film) and Mrs. Frances Millstead, mother of the late character actor Glenn Milstead, who as Divine was Waters' muse and diva.

The screening of "Divine Trash," which will appear in theaters later this year, will benefit Women in Film & Video of Maryland and the Towson University Theatre Endowment Scholarship. Tickets to the 6: 30 p.m. champagne reception, 7: 30 p.m. screening and post-screening party at the Hard Rock Cafe are still available for $40 from ProTix at 410-481-6500. Call 410-685-FILM for more information.

Quick hits

"They Live By Night" (1948), Nicholas Ray's classic tale of two down-on-their-luck lovers on the lam (Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell), makes a rare screen appearance as part of the Charles Theatre's B-movie series, Saturday at 11: 30 a.m. and Monday at 7: 30 p.m. Almost as good as these campy gems have been the cartoon shorts that precede them; up next, "Somewhere in Dreamland" (1935), by the Fleischer Brothers.

"Jackie Brown," Quentin Tarantino's adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel "Rum Punch" starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and Oscar-nominated Robert Forster, comes back for a week's engagement at the Orpheum on Monday; the delightful "In the Soup" and "James Ellroy, Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction" continue through Sunday.

Close to home

Movies by local and regional filmmakers will be featured on Maryland Public Television for the next four Thursdays. "Independents Eye" will feature films made by directors from Crownsville, Gaithersburg, Severna Park and Takoma Park, many of whom were part of this year's Rosebud Film & Video Festival in Washington.

On May 7, the program will include "The Audacity of Moon Advertising," an animated short satire about the commercialization of outer space; "Croissant," a clay animation work about man's spiritual awakening; "I Believe I Can Fish," by Washington 9th and 10th graders; and "Louie," about a bumbling insurance clerk who finds the woman of his dreams. "Independents Eye" airs at 10 p.m.

Black screenwriters sought

The second annual Urbanworld Film Festival is launching an International Screenwriters Competition for black screenwriters. Screenplays must be feature-length and cannot as yet have been developed into feature films. Deadline to enter is May 15 at UWFF headquarters, 375 Greenwich St., New York, N.Y. 10013.

Five finalists will be announced June 1 and will be submitted to a jury of film professionals. The Grand Prize winner will be honored at the official awards ceremony in New York on Aug. 9. The winning screenplay will also be featured in a reading sponsored by the festival, which runs Aug. 5-9. For information, call 212-501-9668.

Pub Date: 5/01/98

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