Free party for 30 years of `Star Wars'

Local Screenings

Local Screenings

May 18, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

The Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor Library is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars with a free party running from noon-4 p.m. tomorrow. Screenings will include the documentary The Making of `Star Wars' (1 p.m.) There also will be Star Wars characters, cake and free comic books. The library is at 3601 Eastern Ave. Information:

Film, free speech

"Film and Free Expression," a series sponsored by the ACLU and showing at the Charles on Saturdays through June 2, offers Abraham Polonsky's 1948 Force of Evil, starring John Garfield and Thomas Gomez as brothers at odds over how the local mob should divvy up the numbers racket.

Polonsky, fresh off a screenwriting Oscar nomination for 1947's Flesh and Blood when this film was released, was among the most prominent victims of the Hollywood blacklist. When called before Congress in 1951 to testify on Communist influence in Hollywood, he refused to name names, and thus found his career cut short. Although he continued to write under various pseudonyms, 17 years would pass before his name was listed as director on another film, 1968's Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here.

Showtime is noon tomorrow. Tickets are $6. Information: or 410-727-FILM.

Black films

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture's second annual Black Film Showcase continues this weekend. Screenings include The Howard Rollins Story, a documentary on the Baltimore-born, Oscar-nominated actor (1982's Ragtime) by his friend, Towson University film instructor Steve Yeager. Showtime is 2 p.m. tomorrow at the museum, 830 E. Pratt St.

Admission is $8. Information: 443-263-1800 or af

Cinema Sundays

Ali Selim's Sweet Land, winner of an Independent Spirit Award in February for best first feature, is this weekend's scheduled offering for Cinema Sundays at the Charles. Set in 1920, the drama follows a German woman (Elizabeth Reaser) as she moves to Minnesota to meet the man chosen to be her husband. Others in the cast are Alan Cumming, Alex Kingston, John Heard and Ned Beatty. Tickets are $15. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Information: 410-727-FILM or

Hippodrome classics

A series of classic films will be shown next week at what was once Baltimore's premier film showcase, the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N Eutaw St. The series, sponsored by the Maryland Film Festival, begins Tuesday with Stanley Kramer's 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and runs through Friday. It continues Wednesday with Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960) and Thursday with Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) then concludes Friday with Michael Anderson's Around the World in Eighty Days (1956). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets: $8, two for $12, three for $16; free for Friends of the Festival. Information: or 410-752-8083.


Nicholas Philibert's In the Land of the Deaf (Le Pays des Sourds), a 1992 documentary on deaf culture in France, will be the subject of this month's Filmtalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The film, released in the U.S. in 1994, won a George Peabody Award in 1997, when it was shown on cable's Independent Film Channel. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the library's Wheeler Auditorium, with discussion to follow. Admission is free. Information: or 410-396-5487.

Acting workshop

A two-hour workshop on acting in and auditioning for independent films, led by director Joe Ripple (Vampire Sisters) of Timewarp Films, is set for 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Cost: $15, $12 for alliance members. Information: or 410-276-1651.

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