`Baby Doll' raised eyebrows in 1956

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Local Screenings

May 25, 2007

A film condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency as corrupt and immoral, Elia Kazan's Baby Doll (1956) stars Eli Wallach as a Mississippi Delta cotton-gin owner who wreaks vengeance on a rival cotton-gin owner (Karl Malden) by seducing his child-bride (Carroll Baker).

The American Civil Liberties Union screens the Tennessee Williams-scripted film as part of its "Film and Free Expression" series. Showtimes are noon tomorrow, 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $6. Information: thecharles.com or 410-727-3456.

Recalling a revolution

The Creative Alliance remembers stories of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution this weekend with Steven Fischer and Craig Herron's documentary Freedom Dance, based on an exile's cartoon journal, and Barbara Lanciers' Leaves with a Name, a play about her grandmother's leaving Budapest. The Creative Alliance Movie Makers event is at 8 tonight ($10-$12 admission) and 3 p.m. tomorrow ($8-$10). Information: creativealliance.org or 410-276- 1651.

Hurray for Hollywood

Baltimore's Imaginative Cinema Society celebrates early Hollywood before the industry instituted the Production Code to clamp down on nudity, sexuality, blasphemy, obscenity, irreverence and other social blights. "The Naughty World of Pre-Code Films" starts at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church, 8848 Belair Road. Information: ics film.net.

Over the coals

Director and producer Catherine Pancake and activist Julia Bonds screen the documentary Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal & The Fight For Coalfield Justice and discuss the practice of mountaintop removal Wednesday at the Rotunda. The event starts at 8 p.m. at 711 W. 40th St. Admission is $10. Information: 410-235- 4800, blackdiamondsmovie.com or senator.com.

The big break

Hip-hop pioneer and actor Ice T makes his acting debut in Breakin', the 1984 feature film that celebrated the era of breakdancing. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., screens the film at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8. Information: africanamericanculture.org or 443-263-1800.

Hippodrome classic

The Maryland Film Festival's series of classic films wraps up tonight with Michael Anderson's Around the World in Eighty Days (1956). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets: $8, two for $12, three for $16; free for Friends of the Festival. Information: md-filmfest.com or 410-752-8083.

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