Psychoanalysis of a thug

March 09, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

Close-Ups: Psychoanalysts Look at Film," the 25th annual film and lecture series from the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis, opens tonight with Gavin Hood's Tsotsi (2006), an Oscar-winning South African film starring Presley Chweneyagae as a street tough who finds unsuspected levels of humanity within himself when he kills a woman and steals her car, only to find his victim's infant child in the back seat. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, with post-film discussion led by psychoanalyst Silvia Bell. The series continues through the month. Tickets are $15, $14 for BMA members and $7 for students. Information: 410-792-8060 or bwanalysis.org.

Baltimore's a-rabs

We Are Arabbers, Joy and Scott Kecken's elegiac look at Baltimore's fruit and vegetable salesmen and their vanishing way of life, will be screened tonight in Room 204 of Towson University's Van Bokkelen Hall. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. The campus is at 8000 York Road; parking is available in the Glen parking garage, at York Road and Cross Campus Boulevard. Information: filmfoundry.com/screenings.htm.

Celebrating words

On the eve of the Howard County Library Spelling Bee, the system's East Columbia branch celebrates wordsmiths with a Thursday screening of Patrick Creadon's Wordplay. The film, a finalist for the best documentary prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival, looks at The New York Times crossword puzzle and its editor, Will Shortz. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-7700.

Bergman fest

The Charles Theatre's Ingmar Bergman retrospective continues tomorrow with Through a Glass Darkly (1961), the story of a young woman (Harriet Andersson) who thinks she is being visited by God, and the vacation she spends with her husband (Max von Sydow), father (Gunnar Bjorn- strand) and brother (Lars Passgard). Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

Chaplin talk

Charles Chaplin's Modern Times, with the Tramp as a victim of technology and capitalism gone awry and Paulette Goddard as the beautiful gamine who is his inspiration and salvation, will be the subject of this month's Filmtalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central branch, 400 Cathedral St. The film, Chaplin's final silent, was released in 1936, nine years after talking pictures made their debut. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the library's Wheeler Auditorium, with discussion to follow. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattli brary.org.

Swingin' film

An die Musik Live's Jazz Film Series continues Tuesday with "Baltimore Musicians in Film and Song," a series of short films featuring such artists as Eubie Blake, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Ellis Larkins, Ethel Ennis, Avon Long, Chick Webb and Baby Lawrence. Showtime is 7 p.m. at An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St. Admission: $8. Information: 410-385-2638 or andie musiklive.com.

Cinema Sundays

Daniele Thompson's Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre), the story of a fame-seeking young woman (Cecile de France) working as a waitress, and the patrons she serves, is this weekend's Cinema Sundays at the Charles offering. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. at the theater, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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