"Silent Sounds," the Creative Alliance's lovingly presented series of silent films shown with live musical accompaniment, continues tonight with Earth (Zemlya). Director Aleksandr Dovzhenko's 1930 film champions Soviet-style collectives through the character of Vasily (Semyon Svashenko), who goes up against the rich landowners opposing socialism. Expect plenty of Eisenstein-influenced montage sequences. Music will be provided by Hymnen, a three-member group whose score combines Russian folk music with marches and what the Creative Alliance promises is "thundering dissonance." Showtime is 8 p.m. at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave.; tickets are $12, $10 for CA members. The series concludes April 6 with a screening of Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed, with music from Yeveto. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.
The Creative Alliance's long-running "Views of Justice" film series, presented in cooperation with the Open Society Institute, continues Thursday with Mario's Story (2006). Director Jeff Werner's documentary looks at an East Los Angeles man, sentenced as a teen to life in prison for murder, who spent 10 years proclaiming his innocence and struggling to regain his freedom. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the alliance's arts center, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $8, $5 for CA members. Information: 410-276- 1651 or creativealliance.org.
Mira Nair's The Namesake is a beautifully told tale of a second-generation Indian-American man who is named for the Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol and wants nothing more than to fit in with his American friends - not easy, given his name, his proudly Indian parents and their lingering fondness for the old ways. The movie is this weekend's Cinema Sundays at the Charles feature. The film stars a surprisingly effective Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), with Indian actors Irfan Khan and Tabu as his parents. Showtime at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-3456 or cinemasun days.com.
Bergman and Lynch
The Silence, the story of a family stuck in a hotel, in a country under military rule, is this week's entry in the Ingmar Bergman retrospective at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Watch this film, and you'll see where David Lynch doubtless found much of his inspiration. Showtime is noon tomorrow, followed by encore screenings at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other days. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.
"Close-Ups: Psychoanalysts Look at Film," the 25th annual film and lecture series sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis, continues tonight with Men of Honor. The inspirational drama is based on the life of Carl Brashear, the Navy's first African-American Master Diver. George Tillman directed the 2000 movie, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Brashear, with Robert De Niro as the bigoted, alcoholic instructor who pushes Brashear (perhaps unknowingly) to overcome the odds and realize his dream. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Discussion follows the screening. Tickets are $15, $14 for BMA members, $7 for students. Information: 410-792-8060 or bwanalysis.org.
Two free screenings of Robert Mulligan's To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) are set for noon and 2:45 p.m. tomorrow at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch, a small-town Alabama lawyer whose respect for the law and love of family persuade him to take on the hopeless case of a black man on trial for raping a white woman. The screenings are sponsored by Maryland Public Television and are part of the Big Read initiative, a drive partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and designed to restore literature as a key component of American culture. Information: 410-435-8338 or senator.com.