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Orpheum screens Kurosawa classics Movies: 'Ikiru' and 'Rashomon' display the genius of the late Japanese director.


The Orpheum, Baltimore's premiere revival cinema in Fells Point, will pay tribute to the late, great Akira Kurosawa starting Monday with a weeklong double feature of two of the director's classic films: "Ikiru" (1952), about a dying man's last splendid gesture, and "Rashomon" (1951), the film Kurosawa is best-known for, about a murder in 12th-century Japan and the differing perceptions of its witnesses.

He loves 'true crime'

Director Joe Berlinger, who with Bruce Sinofsky created the award-winning documentaries "Brother's Keeper" and "Paradise Lost," was in Baltimore this week observing the production of "Homicide" in anticipation of landing a directing gig on the series later in the season.

Berlinger and Sinofsky are currently editing "Revelations: Paradise Lost Revisited," a follow-up to "Paradise Lost," the chilling story of a multiple murder in a small southern town for which a group of rebellious teen-agers were arrested.

Berlinger said several new developments in the case have shed more light on who may have committed the killings.

Berlinger also just inked a deal with HBO to direct "Silent Witnesses," about the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese in New York. The docudrama will re-trace the investigation of the murder and intertwine the recollections of the crime's real-life witnesses, none of whom called the police at the time.

From "Brother's Keeper," which examined a possible fratricide in upstate New York, to "Paradise Lost," to the story of Kitty Genovese -- is Berlinger stuck in a blood-and-guts rut?

"I think my work transcends that. Basically all of the feature projects I have in development are true crime," Berlinger said. "I'm interested in exploring the dark side and what makes people step over the line, which is why I love 'Homicide' so much. I consider myself a true crime filmmaker." Look for "Revelations" on HBO next fall.

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No snow, no cold.

How can anyone tell it's Christmas?

Because the Senator Theatre, Baltimore's grand old 1939 movie palace, is showing "It's a Wonderful Life" in all its full-screen glory. What better way to take in the classic 1946 Frank Capra-James Stewart holiday allegory than at one of the Senator's four screenings of the film on Sunday?

The program is a benefit for the Maryland Food Bank, so admission is $3 or $3 worth of non-perishable food items. Show times are 11: 30 a.m., 2: 30 p.m., 5: 30 p.m. and 8: 30 p.m.

8, For more information, call 410-435-1440.

Last Cinema Sunday

The featured movie at this Sunday's Cinema Sundays at the Charles will be "Shakespeare in Love," a comedy starring Joseph Fiennes as the playwright William Shakespeare and Gwyneth Paltrow as the comely lass who claims his heart -- and inspires "Romeo & Juliet."

Critic Mike Giuliano will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion.

This will be the last movie of the season for Cinema Sundays. Tickets may be purchased for $15 at the door, starting at 9: 15 a.m. The show starts around 10: 30 a.m. As always, coffee, bagels and other goodies will be served. For more information, call 410-727-3464.

Pub Date: 12/11/98

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