Local Screenings

BMA goes back to `Basic Training'

December 29, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

The Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursday Night film series kicks off the new year with Basic Training, Frederick Wiseman's 1971 documentary that follows a group of raw Army recruits as they wind their way through Fort Knox. Sun critic Michael Sragow, writing in The New Yorker, called the film one of Wiseman's "most dramatically cohesive and visually arresting documentaries." Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. Admission is free. Information: 443-573-1832 or artbma.org.

Jewish films in Columbia

The Columbia Jewish Congregation's 15th annual Jewish Film Series is set to begin Jan. 20 at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. The festival opens with Giddi Dar's 2004 Ushpizin (The Visitors), the story of an ultra-orthodox Jewish couple in Israel celebrating Sukkot who find themselves the reluctant host to a pair of unsavory visitors (tradition has it that all visitors must be welcomed during Sukkot). Future films are a restored print of 1937's The Dybbuk (Feb. 17), plus 2004's Watermarks (March 17) and 2004's Only Human (April 17). Showtime is 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 per film, or $24 for all four films. Information: 410-381-4809 or columbiajewish.org/pgms_filmseries.htm.

`Godfather' sequel at AFI

Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part II (1974), the only sequel to an Oscar-winning film to also be named the year's Best Picture, opens tonight at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The film builds masterfully on the foundation laid by Coppola's The Godfather (1972), showing both the build-up to events portrayed in the first film (Robert De Niro won a supporting actor Oscar for playing the young Vito Corleone), and the repercussions that came afterward, with Al Pacino's Don Michael Corleone ruthlessly conniving to protect the business (and, secondarily, the family) his father helped start. Taken together, Godfathers I and II constitute one of the greatest sagas ever told in American cinema (1990's The Godfather: Part III moved the story along but did little else). Showtimes for The Godfather: Part II are 8 p.m. today, tomorrow and Tuesday-Thursday, 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Future films in the AFI's "Francis Ford Coppola Redux" series include The Cotton Club (Jan. 5-11), Rumble Fish (Jan. 5-11) and Tucker: The Man and His Dream (Jan. 6-10). Ticket prices, showtimes and additional information: 301-495-6720 or afi.com/silver.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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