'Cinema Paradiso' To Close Little Italy Film Fest

Local Screenings

August 28, 2009|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

This year's free Little Italy Open Air Film Festival concludes tonight in the same way it has concluded almost every year since 1999: with a screening of Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 "Cinema Paradiso," the story of a young boy growing up in a small Italian town, where his only real friends are the man who runs the local movie theater and the films he shows.

Graceful and poignant, with an understanding of both the magic of the movies and the romanticism of a childhood recalled years later, "Paradiso" is a crowd-pleaser of the first order. It contains a scene in which the theater operator directs his projector's beam of light onto a wall across the plaza, which did more for the popularity of showing movies outdoors than anything since the invention of the drive-in. Showtime is 9 p.m. at the corner of High and Stiles streets. Bringing your own lawn chair is always a good idea. Information: littleitalymd.com.

'Summer' revival : "Summer with Monika," director Ingmar Bergman's 1953 film about the love affair between 19-year-old Harry (Lars Ekborg) and 17-year-old Monika (Harriet Andersson), an affair so idyllic and self-centered you know it's doomed to failure, is this weekend's entry in the Charles Theatre's 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: thecharles.com or 410-727-3456.

Woodstock : The celebration of Woodstock's 40th anniversary continues at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch Saturday with an appearance by Susan Reynolds, author of "Woodstock Revisited: 50 far-out, groovy, peace-loving, flashback-inducing stories from those who were there." Her appearance will be followed by a screening of the concert movie, "Woodstock." The free event is set for 1 p.m. at the library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Information: 410-396-1580 or prattlibrary.org.

Free family screening : "The Incredibles," director Brad Bird's Oscar-winning animated tale of a family of superheroes forced to keep their powers to themselves, will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The screening is part of the weekly Free Family Flicks @ Pratt series. Showtime is 2 p.m., and admission is free. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org.

Lakefront flicks : Free outdoor movies at the lakefront in Columbia continue tonight with director Adam Shankman's 2008 "Bedtime Stories," with Adam Sandler as an uncle whose bedside stories for his niece and nephew start coming true, and Saturday with director Kevin Lima's 2007 "Enchanted," starring Amy Adams as a fairy-tale princess come-to-life in Manhattan. Showtime is dusk at the lakefront, 10320 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: lakefrontfestival.com.

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