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Film Column

October 18, 2002|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Mayor Martin O'Malley will act as host of an advance look at a movie that rouses applause and debate wherever it's shown when Bloody Sunday screens a week from tonight, at 7:30, at the Charles. This year, Sundance viewers gave their Audience Award to this extraordinary re-creation of the Irish civil-rights march that took place in Derry on Jan. 30, 1972 - and ended with 13 unarmed civilians dead, 14 wounded and the British government denying any responsibility.

O'Malley also will discuss the film afterward. For tickets ($10), call 410-752-8083. Proceeds benefit the Maryland Film Festival.

`Performance of his life'

In a new book charged with insight and enthusiasm, 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember - But Probably Don't (Limelight Editions, $18.95), critic John DiLeo says Robert Mitchum "had the broadest shoulders the screen has ever seen and a laid-back intelligence that makes you feel he knows more than you do about how the world really works." DiLeo rightly calls Mitchum's portrayal of the homicidal preacher in The Night of the Hunter "the performance of his life" - and Baltimore audiences will get a chance to savor it when the Charles showcases the movie tomorrow as part of its Saturday revival series.

The screening starts at noon; tickets are $5. (Information: www.thecharles.com.) And pick up a copy of DeLeo's collection of short essays, easily a candidate for "best film book ever published under a crummy title."

Cinema Sundays

Michael Moore, who rivals Adam Sandler as American film's reigning love-him-or-hate-him personality, is garnering even more press and awards than usual for his latest documentary, a look at U.S. gun culture called Bowling for Columbine.

The first documentary in 46 years to compete for the grand prize at Cannes (it did win a Special Jury Prize), it contains already notorious interviews with Charlton Heston and Marilyn Manson. Lopez of 98 Rock will act as host of the film at this weekend's edition of Cinema Sundays at the Charles. Coffee and bagels will be served at 9:45 a.m. Screening is at 10:35 a.m. Tickets are $15. Information: www.cinemasundays.com.

Shirley Jones in town

Shirley Jones established a wholesome and romantic screen image in her very first movies, Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956), then won an Oscar for playing a prostitute in Elmer Gantry (1960). Her next career peak was landing the female lead of Marion the Librarian in The Music Man (1962), where she holds her own against Robert Preston as con-man Harold Hill, one of the undeniably great performances in musical-comedy history.

Jones relives those glory days when the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation presents The 5th Annual GEDCO Senator Theatre Classic, including Jones' own appearance at the Senator's pristine presentation of The Music Man, as well as a silent auction of Shirley Jones memorabilia, a champagne and dessert reception, and the unveiling of a commemorative sidewalk block.

The cost for the above package is $40; $200 also buys you dinner. Call GEDCO for tickets and information: 410 433 2442.

More glory for the Senator: Boxoffice magazine has chosen the theater as the subject of its latest "Independent Exhibition Showcase," praising it as "one of the top independent theatres in the country in terms of the quality of its technical presentation" and its owner, Tom Kiefaber, "as living proof that showmanship is still alive and well."

Reporter Paul Clinton concludes, "Kiefaber builds the Senator's success on sense" - good news for those awaiting the opening of his Rotunda Cinematheque.

All in a day's work

Not only was Tuck Everlasting filmed in Maryland, but one of its most prominent props - a 1914 Model T Ford - belongs to Dr. Loy Zimmerman of Charlestown Retirement Community, who became part of the production during shooting on the Eastern Shore.

"I did take after take of driving my car, but it wasn't work to me," says Zimmerman. "I was totally thrilled by how movies are made and enjoyed every minute of it. Besides room and board, my car and I made $1,500 for three days of fun!"

Note to future period filmmakers: Zimmerman also owns a 1904 Sears automobile.

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