local screenings

May 19, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

TOUR DE FRANCE ON FILM -- Filmmaker and cyclist Scott Coady's The Tour Baby!, a firsthand, behind-the-scenes look at the world's most famous bicycle race, will be shown at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., in the old Patterson Theatre. Tickets are $8, $6 for C.A. members, $5 if you arrive on a bike. Proceeds benefit The Lance Armstrong Foundation. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealli ance.org.

JEKYLL & HYDE --Victor Fleming's 1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring Spencer Tracy as a London physician who unwittingly invents a potion that unleashes his own dark side, will be next week's offering in the continuing Wednesday night film series at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church parish center, 37th Street and Roland Avenue. Those who attended last week's screening of the 1931 version, for which Fredric March won a Best Actor Oscar, owe it to themselves to check out this one as well, if only to compare two great actors' differing takes on the same character. For one thing, Tracy relies far less on makeup and prosthetics than his predecessor, but the differences go beyond that. (Real film fans might also want to find the silent 1920 version, starring John Barrymore.) Show time is 7 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. Information: 410-366-4488.

FRENCH INVASION --The French takeover of the Charles Theatre's Saturday revival series continues tomorrow with Jean Cocteau's 1950 Orphee, his partly autobiographical update of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. The film centers on a poet, Orpheus (Jean Marais), who becomes so obsessed with his work that he neglects his love, Eurydice (Marie Dea), with tragic results. Show time is noon tomorrow at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encore screenings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM.

PSYCHOANALYSIS AND FILMS --A film series devoted to movies with psychoanalytical themes continues tonight at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Charles and 31st streets, with a 7:30 p.m. screening of Bernard Rose's 1988 Paperhouse, in which an 11-year-old girl's hallucinations (she's contracted mononucleosis) illustrate the many conflicts going on in her life. Discussion of the film will be led by Dr. George Gallahorn. Tickets are $17, $15 for museum members and $8 for students. The series, sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, concludes May 26, with Alexander Payne's 2005 Sideways. Information: bwanalysis.org.

CINEMA SUNDAYS --L'Enfant, from writer-directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays at The Charles offering. The film, which won the 2005 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, follows a young couple, Bruno and Sonia (Jeremie Renier and Deborah Francois), who live mostly off of what he can steal. But when their son is born, Bruno sees a potential new source of income. Show time is 10:35 a.m. Sunday, preceded by 45 minutes of free coffee and bagels. Admission: $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinema sundays.com.

TRICKS OF THE INDIE TRADE --Kelley Baker, who's directed three features and worked on the sound for several Gus Van Sant films, including Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester, will be at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., tomorrow to discuss some of the tricks independent filmmakers use to market their films. The workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($30 at the door), $15 for C.A. members ($25 at the door). Information and registration: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org. Tomorrow night, one of Baker's features, 2005's Kicking Bird, as well as two short films, will be shown at the Hamilton Arts Collective, 5440 Harford Road, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Information: 443-653-2120 or hamiltonartscol lective.org.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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