Local Screenings

November 18, 2005

BITS OF BALTIMORE -- Baltimore or Less, a program of short films about our beloved Charm City, will be shown tomorrow in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central branch, 400 Cathedral St. Collected by Pratt librarian Tom Warner, the shorts include Jules Verdone performing her song "Baltimore or Less" at Fletcher's in 1999; excerpts from a 1950s travelogue, Baltimore: Modern American City of Charm and Distinction (narrated by Lowell Thomas); a selection of National Bohemian beer commercials; Love Letter to Edie, a "biography" of the legendary Edie the Egg Lady, a Fells Point stalwart and favorite of John Waters; "magician" Vincent Dantini's 1978 The Star Spangled City: Our Baltimore; and Orioles in Action 1962, narrated by Chuck Thompson and featuring footage of Brooks Robinson and then-rookie Boog Powell (and, oh, don't those glory days seem so long ago!). The program begins at 2 p.m., and admission is free. Information: www.epfl.net/events.

FILM TALK -- Writer-director Ross McElwee's Sherman's March, billed as "a meditation to the possibility of romantic love in the South during an era of nuclear weapons proliferation," will be the subject of this month's Filmtalk, set for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Pratt library's central branch, 400 Cathedral St. McElwee was commissioned to make a film about the Civil War and the aftermath of Union Gen. William T. Sherman's destructive march through Atlanta and to the sea, but thought better of it after his girlfriend left him. This film, named best documentary at the 1986 Sundance Film Festival, was the result. Admission is free. Information: www.epfl.net/events.

DAVID CLARK AT MICA -- Canadian media artist and filmmaker David Clark will be the subject of a month-long exhibition opening today at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Works by David Clark will run through Dec. 18 in MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, inside the Fox Building, 1303 Mount Royal Ave. To commemorate the opening, Clark's 1998 feature film, Maxwell's Demon, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Brown Center's Falvey Hall, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Clark himself will visit Falvey Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to talk about his work. Free. Information: 410-225-2300 or www.mica.edu.

OZU AT THE CHARLES -- Legendary Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu's 1936 film The Only Son (Hitori Musuko), the melancholy tale of a mother who sacrificed everything for her son's higher education, and is crushed to discover his continuing unhappiness, is this weekend's entry in the continuing revival series at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encore screenings at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $6. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

LOUIS MALLE FESTIVAL -- The films of the great French director Louis Malle will be showcased at the American Film Festival's Silver Theatre beginning Wednesday (the 10th anniversary of his death) and continuing through Jan. 10. Risks and Reinvention: The Cinema of Louis Malle kicks off Wednesday with his 1957 debut, Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour L'Echafaud), starring Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau as an illicit couple scheming to kill her husband - until a stalled elevator, a forgotten grappling hook and assorted other unexpected turns get in the way. The film begins at 6 p.m., followed by Moreau in The Lovers (1957) at 8 p.m. and the surrealistic Zazie dans le Metro (1960) at 9:50 p.m. Ticket prices are $7.50-$9.25. The Silver Theatre is at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Information: 301-495-6720 or afi.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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