Local Screenings

April 14, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH

FILMS AT ST. THOMAS AQUINAS -- The 2006 Wednesday night film series at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 37th Street and Roland Avenue, kicks off this week with Cecil B. DeMille's silent epic on the last days of Jesus Christ, 1927's The King of Kings. The film, DeMille's last silent, stars Joseph Schildkraut as Judas, Ernest Torrence as Peter, Dorothy Cumming as Mary and H.B. Warner as Jesus. Your host will be the Rev. George Restrepo who loves talking about film. Showtime is 7 p.m.; admission is free, although donations are accepted. Call: 410-366-4488.

FILMTALK -- Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea's 1968 drama Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo), the story of a man who opts to remain in Castro's Cuba even after his wife and family flee to the United States, will be the topic at this month's Film Talk at the Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the library's Wheeler Auditorium, with lively discussion to follow. Admission is free. Information: www.epfl.net or 410-396-5487.

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL -- The 18th annual Baltimore Jewish Film Festival continues this weekend with a screening of Christian Bauer's 2004 documentary The Ritchie Boys. During World War II, the U.S. government sent a group of German-American Jews, trained at Maryland's Fort Ritchie, to pose as enemy interrogators and gain information that could be useful to the Allied cause. Surviving "Ritchie Boys" Philip Glaessner and Fred Howard will be on hand to speak and answer questions. Showtime is 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Tickets are $8. For information and to buy tickets: baltimorejff.com or 410-542-4900, ext. 239.

FRENCH INVASION AT THE CHARLES -- Its Yasujiro Ozu retrospective completed, the Charles Theatre's Saturday revival series switches continents beginning this week, leaving Japan for a series of French films beginning tomorrow with Jean Renoir's 1936 The Crime of Monsieur Lange. Rene Lefevre and Florelle star as a couple on the run after he murders his corrupt magazine-publisher boss; the story is told in flashback, as the sympathetic couple urge some people who recognize them from the police description not to turn them in. Showtime is noon tomorrow, followed by encore showings at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

THE AMAZING JOSINI -- Puppeteer and magician The Amazing Josini will be performing two shows tomorrow morning at the AMC Towson Commons 8, York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets are $8. Call: 410-825-5233.

BLACK ORPHEUS AT AFI -- A new print of Black Orpheus, Marcel Camus' retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus (who goes to Hades to rescue his beloved Eurydice), set amid the vibrant spirit and colors of Rio de Janeiro, opens today for a one-week run at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The landmark film won the Palmes d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, and received the Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1960. Information and showtimes: afi.com or 301-495-6700.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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