Niche Film Series Starts Tonight

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The Monthly Nineteen23 Will Debut With Short Works On Cities And Towns

August 21, 2009|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,

Nineteen23, a new monthly program dedicated to "films that were screened in schools instead of theaters, in small places instead of big ones, and for specialized audiences instead of general ones," begins tonight at the Maryland Art Place with a group of short works reflecting the theme "Cities and Towns." Highlights of the program include Shirley Clarke's 1960 "Skyscraper," a documentary on the construction of a Fifth Avenue skyscraper built three years earlier; Lincoln Johnson's "Elysium," which juxtaposes a 17th-century poem with Baltimore street scenes from the early 1960s; and Larry Yust's 1969 "The Lottery," an adaptation of Shirley Jackson's short story about small-town blackballing. Future editions of Nineteen23 (named for the year in which 16mm film became standard and which also served as the cutoff date for copyright protection) will run the third Friday of every month. Showtime is 9 p.m. in the 14Karat Cabaret at the Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St. Tickets are $6. Information: or 410-225-0706.

Saturday revival : Director George Stevens' 1951 "A Place in the Sun," with Montgomery Clift as an up-and-comer who woos one woman (Shelley Winters), then forgets all about her when he's bewitched by another (Elizabeth Taylor), is this weekend's entry on The Charles' Saturday revival series. Showtime is noon Saturday, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 Saturday, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or

Free family film : The Enoch Pratt Free Library's "Free Family Flicks" series continues Saturday with 2008's "The Tale of Despereaux," a frenetic tale about a bookwormish mouse, a conniving rat, a peasant girl and a beautiful princess. Voices for the movie are provided by Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman and others. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Pratt, 400 Cathedral St. Information: 410-396-5430.

'Tuscan' in Little Italy : "Under the Tuscan Sun," with Diane Lane as an American divorcee who decides the best place to start a new life for herself (and maybe find a new romance) is the extremely photogenic Tuscan region of Italy, is being screened for free tonight as the penultimate entry in the 2009 Little Italy Open Air Film Festival. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the corner of High and Stiles streets, and bringing your own lawn chairs is always a good idea. Information:

Two Columbia screenings : Columbia's summerlong Lakefront Film Festival continues on Saturday with Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley in 2003's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," and on Monday with Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin and Don Cheadle in 2009's "Hotel for Dogs." Showtime is 8:30 p.m. and admission is free. Information:

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