Cinema Sundays season opens with `Lantana'


January 04, 2002|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

The Winter 2002 season of Cinema Sundays at the Charles opens this weekend with Lantana, a thriller from director Ray Lawrence.

The movie stars Barbara Hershey as psychiatrist Valerie Somers, who disappears one night; Anthony LaPaglia is Detective Leon Zat, who investigates - and whose wife has been seeing Dr. Somers. The cast also includes Geoffrey Rush.

Lee Gardner, arts editor of the City Paper, will serve as host of Sunday's screening. Doors open at 9:45 a.m., and show time is 10:30 a.m. Coffee and bagels will be served.

Admission is $15. Full memberships, including tickets to eight of the season's 10 films, cost $88, while three-film mini-memberships cost $52. Information:

`Hunchback' at Charles

The 1939 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and Maureen O'Hara as his gypsy love, Esmerelda, is this weekend's feature at the Charles' Saturday film series.

Laughton's performance was a highlight of his career, every bit the equal of Lon Chaney's in the 1923 silent version. And the massive sets, replicating Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on a Hollywood back lot, are film landmarks.

Admission to the noon show is $5. Information: 410-727-FILM.

Hallstrom conversation

Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom, whose last two films (The Cider House Rules and Chocolat) both have been nominated for best picture Oscars, will be in Washington Jan. 11 and 12 for screening of his new film, The Shipping News.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Baird Auditorium of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. Hallstrom will introduce the film.

On Saturday, "A Conversation With Lasse Hallstrom" is set for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Ring Auditorium of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Moderated by NPR film critic Pat Dowell, the program will feature clips from Hallstrom's films and conclude with a question-and-answer session. Two of the director's Swedish-language films will be shown later in the day: Father to Be at 2 p.m. and ABBA: The Movie at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Friday film or the Saturday seminar cost $23 each, while $48 includes all Saturday events. Individual ticket prices for the Saturday films are $15.

Information: 202-357-3030 or

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