Guitars, guns, politics on film

April 18, 2008|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

The 2008 Johns Hopkins Film Festival runs through Sunday on the university's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Potential weekend highlights include Dennis Conway's Guitar Holiday, a documentary celebrating the craftsmanship of Mexican guitar makers (12:30 p.m. tomorrow), D.W. Harper's The Delicate Art of the Rifle, a rumination on violence in American society (8 p.m. tomorrow) and African Underground: Democracy in Dakar, a look at youth and politics in Dakar, Senegal (noon Sunday). All screenings take place in Shriver Hall. Tickets are $5 per film, $10 for an all-day pass, free to Hopkins students, faculty and staff. Information:hopkinsfilm fest.com.

Hitchcock comedy

The Charles Theatre's retrospective on the films of Alfred Hitchcock continues tomorrow with 1955's The Trouble With Harry, a comedy concerning a corpse that refuses to stay buried. The film stars Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick, a very young Jerry Mathers (not as the Beaver) and, in her first film, Shirley Mac- Laine. Showtime is noon at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., 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 thecharles.com.

A little vino

In keeping with the spirit of this weekend's Highlandtown Wine Festival, the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch will show a short film and a TV sitcom episode focusing on the funny side of wine. The short is 1930's Blotto, with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy getting drunk on what Stan's wife insists is tea; the TV show is "Lucy's Italian Movie," a 1956 episode of I Love Lucy in which America's favorite redhead learns the "art" of crushing grapes. The free show begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Information: 410-396-1580 or pratt library.org.

`Contempt' restored

A newly restored print of Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 Contempt, a thinly veiled critique of Hollywood commercialism, opens a one-week run at Silver Spring's AFI Silver Theatre today. The film tracks the plight of a screenwriter (Michel Piccoli), asked to script an adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, as he tries to please the producer (Jack Palance), the director (Fritz Lang) and even his own wife (Brigitte Bardot), who's grown tired of their relationship. The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre is at 8633 Colesville Road. Tickets and showtime information: 301-495-6720 or afi.com /silver.

Psychology in film

"Close-Ups: Psychoanalysts Look at Film," a series of movie screenings sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, runs Fridays through May 2 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Today's feature is Isabel Coixet's 2005 The Secret Life of Words, starring Tim Robbins as a traumatized oil worker and Sarah Polley as the hearing-impaired woman who tries nursing him back to health. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $15. Other series entries are Iciar Bollain's 2003 Take My Eyes (April 25) and Aparna Sen's 2005 15 Park Avenue (May 2). Information: 410-792- 8060 or bwanalysis.org.chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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