Local screenings

December 23, 2005

OZUFEST -- The Charles Theatre's 15-week celebration of the decidedly humanistic Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) kicks off tomorrow with his film, What Did the Lady Forget? (Shukujo wa nani o wasureta ka). The 1937 film tells the story of an affluent couple (he's a doctor, she's something of an authoritarian) who are asked to look after their rebellious niece. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with additional showings at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $6. Over the next three months, Baltimore audiences will be able to rediscover this most lyrical of directors through 15 of his films, including his most celebrated, 1953's Tokyo Story (Feb. 18, 20, 23), which was voted the No. 5 film of all time in a 2002 poll sponsored by the British Film Institute. All showings will be of new prints recently struck by Janus Films. Says the Charles' John Standiford, who programs the theater's Saturday revival series: "What makes [his movies] interesting is the plot is not important, the individual characters are not important - it's the larger, more poetic generalized idea that is important. There's just a poetry, usually at the end of an Ozu movie, that is really strong, that comes from this really subtle approach and lack of plot." Information: thecharles.com or 410-727-FILM.

DEREK & EMILY -- Director John Dewey, a 2005 graduate of St. Mary's College, will be showing his feature film, Derek & Emily, at 7 Tuesday night at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. The movie - made, the director says, on a budget of only about $1,000 - follows a young college professor (Kohler McKenzie, a senior at St. Mary's) as his solitary life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival on his doorstep of a 12-year-old girl, Emily (Zadekia Krondorfer). Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission: $10. For more information, visit johndeweyfilms.com/derekandemily.

ERNEST LEHMAN REMEMBERED -- The late Ernest Lehman, who died in July after a career as one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriters, will be remembered in a nine-movie retrospective beginning Monday at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Kicking things off will be the 1965 Oscar-winning musical, The Sound of Music (daily through Sunday, except for Friday), starring Julie Andrews as a nun who teaches an uptight Austrian naval officer the advantages of lightening-up on his children. Other films in the series include Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (Dec. 30, Jan. 1, 3, 4) and Family Plot (Dec. 31-Jan. 2), West Side Story (Jan. 2, 4, 5), Sabrina (Jan. 8, 10, 12), The King and I (Jan. 7, 11, 12), Hello Dolly! (Jan. 14-16), The Sweet Smell of Success (Jan. 6, 7, 8, 11) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Jan. 13, 14, 15, 20). More information and showtimes: afi.com or 301-495-6700.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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