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007 Makes a ‘Grand’ Showing

July 11, 2008

By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun

Jul. 11–For more than 90 years, until it was demolished on a snowy January day in 2004 to make way for the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Southeast Anchor branch, the glorious Grand Theatre stood on Conkling Street as the pride of Highlandtown. With its Saturday Afternoon at the Grand film series, that same library, at 3601 Eastern Ave., seeks to invoke at least the spirit of those bygone days, with a movie, refreshments and some other Grand-ian touches. Tomorrow, the series will feature Sean Connery as James Bond in 1963′s From Russia With Love. Showtime is 1 p.m., and admission is free. Information: 410-396-1580 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.

‘King of Hearts’ at Rock Candy King of Hearts, a 1966 French fable set during World War I in which the patients at a local asylum take over a town threatened by an unexploded German bomb, will be shown tomorrow at Rock Candy Theater, 4321 Harford Road. Tickets are $10, with proceeds going to the Donovan Fund, assisting Baltimore seniors with fixed incomes who have health problems. Information: 410-366-1980, ext. 271 or 410-426-2539.

Revival series at the Charles With a reputation as one of the greatest Westerns ever made, John Ford’s The Searchers is one of those rare classics where the hype doesn’t overwhelm the movie; it really is that good. John Wayne stars as Ethan Edwards, a former Confederate soldier determined to rescue the niece who was kidnapped during an Indian raid. Although “rescue” may be the wrong word, since the blindingly bigoted Ethan is convinced the girl has been ruined by her association with the Comanches and believes killing her is the only way to save her (and the family’s) honor. The 1956 film is this weekend’s entry in the Charles Theatre’s Saturday revival series. Showtime at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is noon tomorrow, with encore screenings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or the charles.com.

Catch movies at the Pratt Alfred Hitchcock’s 1937 Young and Innocent, with Derrick De Marney, as a writer falsely accused of killing a former girlfriend (he was seen standing over her body, after all), and Nova Pilbeam, as a police constable’s daughter helping to prove his innocence, will be the subject of this month’s Film Talk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s central library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow, with discussion to follow. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-5487 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.

Also, the 2000 Thai film Tears of the Black Tiger (Fah Talai Jone), a Southeast Asian Western one admirer described as equal parts John Ford, Jean-Luc Goddard and John Waters, will be shown for free tomorrow at the central library. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the library’s Wheeler Auditorium. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.

‘Moonstruck’ in Little Italy One of the jewels of Baltimore’s summers, Little Italy’s free outdoor film series, kicks off tonight with Norman Jewison’s 1983 Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicolas Cage as star-crossed (or should that be moon-crossed?) lovers. Showtime is 9 p.m. at the corner of High and Stiles streets. Take your own chairs. Information: littleitalymd.com.

Four outdoor flicks More free outdoor film offerings: Spider-Man 3, 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Patapsco Masonic Lodge, 2 Trading Place in Dundalk. Information: 410-282-0261; The Gods Must Be Crazy, 9 p.m. Thursday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Information: 410-244-1900 or avam.org; Ratatouille, 8:30 tonight outside Gilman Hall on the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 2400 N. Charles St. Information: jhu.edu/summer/films; An Inconvenient Truth, dusk Wednesday in the East Park of Mount Vernon Square. Information: mvcd.org.

A bit of Baltimore horror Baltimore filmmaker Chris LaMartina’s Book of Lore, the story of friends who stumble upon an encyclopedia of local murders, will be shown at 8 tonight at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in the old Patterson Theatre. Also showing will be clips from LaMartina’s coming Grave Mistakes. Tickets are $8, $6 for alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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