Film festival presents free 3-D classics

October 05, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

Bringing a new dimension to Free Fall Baltimore, the Maryland Film Festival is offering free 3-D film screenings Wednesdays through Oct. 24.

Next week's offering is John Brahm's The Mad Magician (1954), starring Vincent Price as Don Gallico, aka Gallico the Great, whose only goal in life is to gain vengeance on his evil employer, who has a habit of stealing the magic tricks Gallico designs and selling them to rival illusionists. (Yes, Price is essentially reprising the madman he brought to 3-D screens in 1953's House of Wax, but why quibble over such masterful redundancies?)

Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Future offerings are the aforementioned House of Wax (Oct. 17) and 1953's Kiss Me, Kate (Oct. 24). Information: 410-752-8083 or

`Fantastik' flick

The Charles Theatre's "Russian Fantastik Cinema" film retrospective continues tomorrow with Pavel Klushantsev's Planet of Storms (1961), the story of cosmonauts who travel to Venus and the prehistoric perils they find there.

Trivia note: The film was recut by Roger Corman and Peter Bogdanovich and released as Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, with added scenes starring '60s sexpot Mamie Van Doren.

Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or

Indian film

"Music/Musicians/Musicals," the fall film series at Towson University, continues Monday with Vaanaprastham (The Last Dance), Indian director Shaji N. Karun's 1999 musical tale of a Kathakali dancer who runs afoul of India's caste system. The film will be presented by Scott Robinson of the school's music department.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in Van Bokkelen Hall on the Towson campus, 8000 York Road. Information: 410-704-3755 or

Black Panthers

Documentary filmmaker Aaron Mathews' A Panther In Africa relates the story of Pete O'Neal, a young Black Panther who, after being arrested in 1969 on charges of transporting a firearm across state lines, fled the United States a year later and settled in Tanzania.

The free film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Falvey Hall in the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave.

The screening is the latest entry in the Black Panther Rank and File Film Series, running at MICA Tuesdays through Oct. 30 (no film Oct. 16). Information:

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