Local Screenings

October 14, 2005

JEWISH FILM // CineFest, the mini-festival being sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in anticipation of the 2006 Jewish Film Festival, continues Thursday with Campfire, writer-director Joseph Cedar's tale of an Israeli woman (Michaela Eshet) desperate to settle in the West Bank, although she and her teenage daughters seem destined to chafe under the community's religious and ideological strictures. The movie was Israel's entry in the Best Foreign Language Film competition at the 2005 Oscars. Leading a discussion of the film will be Sondra Myers, senior associate at the University of Maryland's Democracy Collaborative. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., and tickets are $8. Information: 410-542-4900, ext. 239.

FILMTALK // Jean-Luc Godard's sumptuous Pierrot Le Fou (1965) will be discussed at this month's FilmTalk at the Pratt Library's Wheeler Auditorium,400 Cathedral St. Generally regarded as one of Godard's most complete films (dare we say "accessible"?), Pierrot is the story of a Frenchman (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who leaves his bourgeois life - accompanied by the family babysitter, who is being chased by gangsters - in search of something more exciting. The best place to find it, he decides, is the Riviera. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow. Admission is free; just take along your criticalthinking caps. Call: 410-396-5487.

SATURDAY HITCHCOCK // Alfred Hitchcock's insidious thriller Shadow of a Doubt (1943) stars Teresa Wright as a young woman enamored of her urbane, sophisticated uncle. Understandably, she's thrilled when he comes to her family's Santa Rosa home for an extended stay. What she doesn't know, and will spend much of the film desperately trying not to believe, is that Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is a cold-blooded killer. Great stuff, decidedly creepy! Showtime at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., is noon tomorrow, with encore screenings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday; admission is $6. Information: 410-727-FILM,or thecharles.com.

SHAKESPEARE ON FILM // Laurence Olivier's landmark 1955 version of William Shakespeare's Richard III will be shown Wednesday evening at the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 37th Street and Roland Avenue. Olivier is astonishing as the duplicitous, hunchbacked king, most famous for his famous cry at the Battle of Bosworth, "A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!" Your host will be the Rev.George Restrepo,an NYU grad who loves talking about film. Showtime is 7 p.m.; admission is free, although donations would be appreciated. Information: 410-366-4488.

UNSEEN CINEMA // Two collections of rare films, made by largely forgotten filmmakers working from the late 19th century through the beginning of World War II, will be featured this weekend in Washington.Dance,Dance,Dance: Image, Movement, Abstraction will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress' Mary Pickford Theater,101 Independence Ave. S.E. (visit loc.gov/rr/mo pic /pickford / pickford-current.html),while The Devil's Plaything: Fantastic Myths and Fairytales will be shown at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street at Constitution Avenue Northwest (visit nga.gov/ programs/film.shtm). Host for both screenings will be Robert A. Haller, director of collections and special projects of Anthology Film Archives in New York. The films are being shown in anticipation of Image Entertainment's Oct. 18 DVD release of Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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