It'll be all in 'The Family' at Little Italy film fest


The Little Italy Open-air Film Festival continues this evening with a free screening of "The Family," Ettore Scola's 1987 film starring the late Vittorio Gassman as the patriarch of an upper middle class Italian clan who reflects upon his family's past at his 80th birthday celebration.

The show starts at 9 p.m. at the corner of High and Stiles streets. Bring your own lawn chair, and grab a bite to eat before the screening at a nearby restaurant.

Monsters all night long

As part of its Universal Monster series, the Charles will hold a special all-night program tonight. At 11:30 p.m. the theater will present a pristine 35-millimeter print of "Godzilla vs. Monster Zero" (1960). Afterward, a DJ will spin records in the big theater while a program of 1960s sci-fi classics plays in one of the theater's little auditorium. Admission is $10.

Woodie Guthrie's life

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will present a free video screening of Hal Ashby's 1976 film "Bound for Glory" tonight at 7:30 p.m. The movie stars David Carradine as the radical songwriter Woody Guthrie, whose life during the 1930s and 1940s is chronicled in the film. Doors open at 7 p.m.

"Bound for Glory" is part of the committee's "Film & Social Consciousness" series and will be shown at the office of the American Friends Service Committee, 4806 York Rd.

Sunday movie brunch

Cinema Sundays at the Charles is back for its sixth year starting Sunday, when "Alice et Martin" will be shown. Directed by Andre Techine ("Wild Reeds"), the film stars Juliette Binoche as a repressed musician who becomes drawn to an aspiring male model (Alexis Loret) with a mysterious past.

WBJC-FM's Jonathan Palevsky will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion. Full memberships to Cinema Sundays are available for $110; mini-memberships can be bought for $65; and walk-up admission is $15. Shows begins at 10:30 a.m., after a snack of coffee and bagels. For information, call 410-727-3464.

Take a trip to New York

The Loews Theatre corporation is offering a special trip to New York for patrons. Movie and theater buffs are invited to tag along when Loews employees and their guests take their annual bus trip to New York on Sunday, Sept. 24. This year, the trip will coincide with the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS flea market.

The bus will leave from the Loews White Marsh theater at 6:30 a.m., arriving on Manhattan's Upper West Side at 10:15. The bus will depart Times Square at 6:30 p.m. and return by 10:15 that evening. The round trip fare is $34. To reserve a seat call Ben Ryland at 410-931-4980.

Indiana Jones in Towson

Towson University's Electronic Media and Film department continues its first annual fall film series Monday with a free screening of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), which will be discussed by associate professor John MacKerran. The movie will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Towson University's van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium.

Free matinee

Loews White Marsh continues its free Wednesday matinee series next week with a screening of "West Side Story." Doors open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. Admission is free on a first come, first served basis.

Animation fascination

Baltimore animatrix extraordinaire Martha Colburn will show some of her classic work, as well as a gem from her own film collection, at the Charles at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Colburn, whose animated short films have won awards and accolades on the international film festival circuit, will present some of her greatest hits, including "Asthma" (1995), "Hey Tiger" (1996), "Cholesterol" (1996) and "What's On?" (1997). She will also present Jim Trainor's cult film "The Bats." For admission fees and other information, call 410-727-3464.

25-cent admission to Senator

The historic Senator Theatre will celebrate its 61st birthday Thursday in its annual ritual of turning back the clock to its first year, playing a classic film from 1939 for the 1939 admission price of 25 cents.

This year's selection is John Ford's classic Western romantic drama "Stagecoach," starring the incomparable John Wayne and Clair Trevor. The birthday program will play all day starting with an 11:30 a.m. matinee. For information, call 410-435-1440.

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