'Star Is Born' Among Fare At The Senator

April 24, 2009|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

Repertory cinema continues its run at the Senator Theatre this weekend, with filmed appearances by The Beatles, the living dead, the first actress ever to win an Oscar and Carlos Santana.

Janet Gaynor, who won her Oscar in 1929, stars in William Wellman's 1937 A Star Is Born (remade under the same name in 1954, with Judy Garland, and 1976, with Barbra Streisand). Shot in glorious Technicolor, at a time when color was still a relative rarity in Hollywood, the movie offers Gaynor as Vicki Lester, a struggling actress whose career is nurtured along by her mega-star husband, Norman Maine (Fredric March). Then, as luck (and Hollywood irony) would have it, just as Vicki's career starts catching fire, Norman's grows cold - a reversal of fortune that Norman doesn't exactly embrace.

The movie's final scene, with Vicki winning an Oscar and introducing herself as "Mrs. Norman Maine," is among filmdom's most famous and has been excerpted in dozens of documentaries on the movies.

A Star Is Born is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Friday through Thursday, with additional showings set for 3:30 p.m. through Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tickets are $5.

A double feature of 2000's Santana: Supernatural Live, with music from Santana, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan and others, and George Romero's 1968 Night of the Living Dead is set for Friday and Saturday. Showtime for Santana is 9:15 p.m., with Romero's zombies set to take to the screen at 10:45 p.m. Admission to one or both films is $5.

Back for a second weekend is Richard Lester's 1965 Help!, starring John, Paul, George and Ringo. The plot - a religious cult, a pair of mad scientists and a few other ancillary characters are all after a ring stuck on Ringo's finger - is secondary to the music and mayhem, but there's nothing wrong with that. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5, and you can stay over for A Star Is Born at no additional charge.

Information: senator.com or 410-435-8338.

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