`Kiss Me Kate' in 3D screens at the Charles

Film

February 15, 2002|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Kiss Me Kate, the 1953 backstage comedy about the dueling lovers starring in a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, will be this weekend's Saturday matinee at the Charles.

But wait, there's more! As if it isn't enough to get a rare chance to see this old-fashioned movie musical on the big screen, you'll also get to see it in 3-D, as the filmmakers originally intended.

The former husband-and-wife team of Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson star here, as - and what a stretch this is! - Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, a one-time husband-and-wife team recruited to play the leads in the developing musical production. (Kiss Me Kate is loosely based on another tempestuous real-life stage couple - Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.) Bickering ensues, of course, and it only gets worse when Fred's current romantic interest, Lois Lane (no relation to Superman) also is cast in the play.

Lane's partner turns out to be a compulsive gambler who owes the mob big-time. The fur really starts flying on opening night, when two gangsters show up to collect the debt. Expect lots of dancing and high-kicking, which should look awfully impressive in 3-D.

The movie also stars Ann Miller as Lane, Tommy Rall as her partner, Fred, and Keenen Wynn and James Whitmore as the gangsters. Also in the movie is a young actor cast as Hortensio named Bob Fosse, who would go on to have quite a career as a director (Cabaret) and choreographer.

Showtime for the film is noon, and admission is $5. Information: 410-727-FILM.

Josephine Baker film

Princess Tam Tam, the 1935 film starring the legendary Josephine Baker as an African who becomes the rage of Parisian society (which believes her to be an Indian princess), will screen tonight at the Walters Art Museum.

The film starts at 7:30 p.m. in the museum's new auditorium; enter off Centre Street. Admission is $5 for museum members, $6 for non-members. Information: 410-547- 9000, Ext. 237.

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