The Open-Air Film Festival in Little Italy has been another big success this year, according to an organizer of the summer-long event.
"We've gotten off to a very good start," said Tom Kiefaber, owner of the Senator Theatre. The festival kicked off with a program of short films by Martin Scorsese, and "raised a few eyebrows," Kiefaber said, "but generally we're getting a good response." The Senator sponsors the festival with the Little Italy Restaurant Association (LIRA).
Tonight's offering, "Moonstruck," was a huge favorite last year, so Kiefaber advises filmgoers to get there early.
The Open-Air Film Festival is held at the corner of High and Stiles streets. Movies begin at 9 p.m., and admission is free. Seats are provided, but viewers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs for maximum comfort.
'Gandhi,' part two
The American Friends Service Committee will present the second part of "Gandhi" tonight as part of its Film & Social Consciousness series. Richard Attenborough's 1983 movie about the pacifist leader will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the AFSC office, 4806 York Rd. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is free.
Marx Brothers, for free
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs will launch its film series "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Wednesday with a screening of the Marx Brothers' 1937 classic, "A Day at the Races." The Sun's own Chris Kaltenbach will discuss the film. The series, which continues through Aug. 9, will be held at the Pre-clinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. and are free.
Two legends, one night
The Contemporary Museum will play host on Thursday to a video show curated by artist Christian Marclay.
Marclay, whose installation "Keller and Caruso" is at the Peabody Conservatory as part of the Contemporary Museum's "Making Sense" exhibit, will present two videos of films: "Deliverance," George Foster Platt's 1919 film recounting of the life of Helen Keller, and "Enrico Caruso: leggenda di una voce," Giacomo Gentilomo's 1961 film starring Ermanno Randi as the legendary tenor.
The program begins 6 p.m. at the museum, 100 W. Centre St. Admission is free.
In other words
In last week's film column we mistakenly reported that the "Kings of Comedy" tour, which has become wildly successful on the circuit, had never played Baltimore. In fact, it has been through town twice. We regret the error, but still remind readers to look out for Spike Lee's concert documentary, "The Original Kings of Comedy," in August.
And to clarify: As many telephone calls, letters and e-mails attest, a comment of mine in Wednesday's review of "The Patriot" has been misunderstood by several readers. I called the sentiment in that film "as corny as the Fourth of July," a muddled rendition of some Rodgers and Hammerstein lyrics and a reference to the general abundance of corn around this time of year. (I'm from Iowa, after all, where "knee high by the Fourth of July" is the summer mantra.)
In no way did I mean to call the holiday itself corny. In fact, upon further reflection, to call "The Patriot" as corny as the Fourth of July does a disservice to noble and sweet ears of Silver Queen everywhere, as well as to our national day of pride.
I apologize for the poor choice of words. And happy 4th.