`Fantasia 2000' in theaters

June 16, 2000|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

"Fantasia 2000," Disney's updated version of the beloved 1940 omnibus of animated short films set to musical classics, opened at the IMAX theater in the Maryland Science Center in January. But for filmgoers and their kids who didn't want the neck-ache, the studio is bringing the movie back, this time in regular theaters.

The Charles Theatre's run of Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder," shown in all its 3-D glory, has been so successful that management has decided to extend it for at least a week. "Dial M" has regularly been drawing audiences of 200 to 300 people.

Charles co-owner John Standiford is especially grateful to the previous owners, who installed the 3-D projection equipment for a 1980s run of "Dial M." It's also a good example of why people should never throw anything out: The lens filters needed for the 3-D effect were found atop a pile of junk near the projection booth.- Chris Kaltenbach

In Little Italy

"Marty" won the Academy Award for best picture in 1955. The Ernest Borgnine film will be shown tonight at the Little Italy Open-Air Film Festival. The free screening starts at 9 p.m. at the corner of High and Stiles streets; patrons are encouraged to take their own lawn chairs.

`Opera on Film'

The Maryland Arts Festival will present the first installment of its summer series "Opera on Film" tonight at the Center for the Arts on the Towson University campus.

On tap will be a film of the Austrian Opera Company's 1993 performance of "La Boheme." The movie will be introduced by James Harp, artistic administrator and chorus master for the Baltimore Opera Company.

Harp will speak at 7 p.m. in the concert hall of the Center for the Arts, at the corner of Cross Campus and Osler drives. The film will be shown at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $8, or $24 for the four-film series. All seating is reserved, and tickets may be bought by calling 410-830-2787.

More outdoors

Fox 45 and WB 54 will present Charm City Cinema at Patterson Park tonight. The outdoor, amphitheater-style screening will be held on the Pagoda hillside of the park at dusk. Admission is free and open to the public. Contractual fine-print prevents Charm City Cinema from revealing tonight's title; for that, call Fox at 410-467-4545.

Cinema Sundays

Cinema Sundays at the Charles this weekend will present "Breathless," Jean-Luc Godard's groundbreaking feature debut that starred Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg and an audacious visual style that ushered international cinema into a new era.

Rob Tregenza, director of "Talking to Strangers" and "Inside/Out," and the distributor of Godard's most recent films through his company CinemaParallel, will discuss the film after the 10:30 a.m. screening. Tickets cost $15, and can be bought when doors open at 9:45 a.m. A nosh of bagels and coffee will be served before the screening. Call 410-727-3464.

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