Examining film censorship

Local Screenings

Local Screenings

May 11, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

Movies that have been key to the struggle over film censorship are planned for the next four Saturdays at the Charles Theatre, beginning tomorrow with 1933's Baby Face.

Director Alfred E. Green's Baby Face (1933) stars Barbara Stanwyck as Lily, a hardened character who, after years of being pimped by her louse of a father, opportunistically sleeps her way to the top of a New York office skyscraper. The print being screened tomorrow is a recently discovered unedited version.

Showtime is noon tomorrow, preceded at 11 a.m. by a preview and discussion of the film by local movie critic Mike Giuliano. Tickets are $6. Information: 410-727-FILM.

Film tributes

Two of the most revered names in movie history are featured this weekend at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre:

No star has ever shone brighter longer in Hollywood than John Wayne. A 10-film tribute to the man born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, opens at the Silver tomorrow with 1930's The Big Trail, featuring a 23-year-old Wayne in his first starring role, as a scout for a wagon train heading into Oregon Territory. Showtime is 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, with an encore set for 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Although he insisted, "You can't be a genius in slap shoes and a flat hat," that's what Buster Keaton was, an immortal of the silent cinema with his vaguely surrealist comedy. Sundays through July 1, the AFI will present "The Best of Buster Keaton," a series of films featuring live musical accompaniment. Up this weekend is 1924's Sherlock, Jr., starring Keaton as a theater projectionist who falls asleep and imagines himself onscreen. Also featured will be Keaton's 1922 short, The Blacksmith. Showtime is 3:30 p.m. at the Silver, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Information: 301-495-6720.

Movies at the library

The Painted Veil, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts as a troubled British couple in a disease-ravaged 1920s Chinese village, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Public Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Admission is free, as are the popcorn and soda. Information: 410-313-7717.

Spirit-filled

The Towson Unitarian Universalist Church's "Reel Spirituality" free-film series ends today with Into Great Silence, Philip Groning's three-hour look at the austere, contemplative lives lived by monks in the Grand Chartreuse Carthusian Monastery in France. (See review Page 9C.) Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Information: towsonuuc.org or 410-825-6045.

Bagels and a movie

Sarah Polley's Away From Her, with Julie Christie as an Alzheimer's sufferer whose husband (Gordon Pinsent) refuses to let go, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays offering. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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