An archival print of Apocalypse Now Redux - in fact, director Francis Ford Coppola's own print of Apocalypse Now Redux - will be shown this weekend at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, part of a Coppola retrospective running through Jan. 11. When it was released in 1979, the original Apocalypse Now won the grand prize at Cannes and was hailed in most quarters as a masterpiece, a dense, hallucinatory boat trip into the conflict and confusion that was the Vietnam War. Based loosely on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the film follows a Marine captain (Martin Sheen) as he travels upriver into Cambodia on orders to kill a renegade colonel (Marlon Brando) waging war based on his own precepts and no one else's. Redux, released in 2001, adds some 50 minutes of footage, including scenes of Brando's Colonel Kurtz and a visit to a decaying French plantation, a vestige of the French colonialism that dominated Indochina into the 1950s. Showtimes are 8:15 p.m. tomorrow and 8:10 p.m. Sunday. (Tonight's scheduled screening has been canceled.) Monday through Thursday, the DVD version of Apocalypse Now will be shown at the Silver. For scheduling and ticket information: 301-495-6720 or afi.com.
Blindsight, the story of six blind Tibetan teenagers attempting to scale Mount Everest, will be screened twice this weekend at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. The feature-length documentary, one of 15 up for Oscar nominations this year, was directed by Lucy Walker; her 2002 film, Devil's Playground, about Amish teens experiencing the outside world before committing to their faith, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Showtimes for Blindsight are 2:15 p.m. today and 11:50 a.m. tomorrow. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.
Filmtalk at Pratt Library
Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark 1960 film L'Avventura, an exploration of human relationships centering on the search for a missing woman by her companions, who in the process begin their own relationship, is the subject of this month's Filmtalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime is 10 a.m. in the library's Wheeler Auditorium, with discussion to follow. Admission is free, as is the accompanying coffee and tea. Information: www.pratt.lib.md.us/events/ films.html or 410-396-5487.
'World Trade Center'
Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, with Nicolas Cage as a firefighter trapped in the rubble of the twin towers after their collapse on Sept. 11, 2001, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. This is the latest in a monthly series of recent DVD releases to be screened at the library. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-7700.
Maryland Film Festival
The ninth annual Maryland Film Festival has been scheduled for May 3-6. Watch this space for more details as they become available.