Aesop moves to NYC

FILM

January 10, 2003|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Tomorrow at noon, the Charles' Saturday revival series showcases the 1949 suspense classic The Window, which transplants Aesop's fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" to a New York City tenement in the heat of the night.

Bobby Driscoll plays an imaginative lad who's just trying to sleep peacefully on the fire escape when he sees his upstairs neighbors (Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman) commit cold-blooded murder.

Naturally, his parents (Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale) don't believe him. The lowdown high concept and the eye of the director (Ted Tetzlaff, who as a cinematographer shot Hitchcock's Notorious) earn this taut, modest thriller its sordid gust of immortality.

This picture is to film noir what Invaders from Mars is to sci-fi: It brings out paranoid feelings in even the most sedate children.

Mel Dinelli adapted a Cornell Woolrich story. Epigraph, of course, by Aesop.

Admission: $5. Information: 410-727-FILM or www.thecharles.com.

Cinema Sundays

Cinema Sundays at the Charles presents Lynne Ramsay's acclaimed Morvern Callar, based on Alan Warner's novel about a supermarket worker in West Scotland who journeys to the south of Spain after her would-be novelist boyfriend commits suicide.

It stars Samantha Morton, who wowed mainstream audiences in Sweet and Lowdown and Minority Report and arthouse habitues in Under the Skin and Dreaming of Joseph Lees.

Film teacher and filmmaker Paul Zinder, a native Baltimorean currently at the American University of Rome, will lead the post-film discussion.

Coffee and bagels: 9:45 a.m. Showtime: 10:30 a.m. Admission: $15. Information: 410-727-FILM and www.cinemasundays.com.

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