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BOGDANOVICH AT JHU -- Director Peter Bogdanovich will visit the Johns Hopkins University campus tonight to host a screening of his 1985 film, Mask. The movie stars Eric Stoltz as Rocky Dennis, a high-school student whose skull is severely deformed, but whose soul and disposition belie that fearsome exterior. Cher co-stars as his biker-babe mother, Rusty, zealously determined that he live a normal life and be afforded every opportunity for success. Mask also stars Sam Elliott, Estelle Getty and an 18-year-old Laura Dern as Diana, the blind girl who sees Rocky for who he is, not what he looks like. (The scene where Rocky helps Diana understand the idea of color is the film's highlight, honestly emotional and joyous.) Showtime is 7 p.m. in the Hodson Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus. Admission is free to Hopkins students, faculty and staff, $5 for the general public. Call: 410-516-5048.

BLACK CINEMA AT THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE -- Three "race" films from the 1930s and 1940s, so-called because they were made by black actors and filmmakers, shown in black neighborhoods and catered to black audiences at a time Hollywood barely acknowledged their existence, will be shown on successive Wednesdays this month at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. The series begins next week with Broken Strings (1940), starring Baltimore native Clarence Muse as a classical violinist who wants his similarly talented son to follow suit. The son, however, wants to play swing. Sheri Parks, a professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, will serve as host for the 8 p.m. screening. Other movies in the series are Oscar Micheaux's 1940 Murder in Harlem (Feb. 15) and William Forest Crouch's 1947 Reet Petite and Gone (Feb. 22), starring famed bandleader and saxophonist Louis Jordan. All films begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Call 410-276-1651 or visit creativealliance.org.

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FILM CRITIQUES -- Filmmakers can discuss their works in progress with other filmmakers and media types, and possibly even find potential cast and crew, at informal monthly get-togethers at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. This month's informal get-together is set for 7 p.m. Monday, with future events scheduled for the same time March 6 and April 3. Films should run no longer than 15 minutes. Admission is $3 for Creative Alliance members, $7 for everyone else. Pre-registration is encouraged. E-mail Kristen@creative alliance.org.

OZUFEST -- The Charles Theatre's exhaustive retrospective of the films of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu continues tomorrow with 1951's Early Summer (Bajushu), the story of three generations living under one roof, all seemingly preoccupied with the fate of poor Noriko, who at 28 has yet to marry. Show time is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encore showings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 for tomorrow's show, $8 for Monday's and Thursday's. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

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chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com


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