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'Persona': the start of something big

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Persona, the first of many fruitful collaborations between director Ingmar Bergman and actress Liv Ullmann, is the next scheduled film in the Charles Theatre's 13-week Bergman retrospective. The 1966 film stars Ullmann as a nurse who develops a strong identification with a mute patient. Said Bergman, "I touched wordless secrets that only the cinema can discover." Showtime is noon tomorrow, followed by encores at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times for the show at 1711 N. Charles St. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

'Old Joy' at BMA

The Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursday film series continues next week with Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy (2006), the story of two old friends on a weekend camping trip in the Oregon mountains, who use the occasion to reflect on their friendship and understand the divergent paths their lives have taken. Showtime at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive, is 8 p.m. Thursday, and admission is free. Information: 443-573-1832 or artbma.org.

Final 'Close-Ups'

Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev's The Return, a 2003 drama focusing on two teen boys coping with the return of their father, who had abandoned the family 12 years earlier, closes out "Close-Ups: Psychoanalysts Look at Film," the 25th annual film and lecture series sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. The film is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, with discussion to follow. Tickets are $15, $14 for BMA members, $6 for students. Information: 410-792-8060 or bwanalysis.org.

Film workshops

Creative Alliance moviemakers (CAmm) is offering a pair of workshops for aspiring (or aspiring-to-be-better) filmmakers this week. On Monday, besides the opportunity to network and critique each other's work, cinematographer Richard Chisolm will be on hand to talk about his craft. Tickets for the 7 p.m. workshop are $5, $3 for CA members. On Wednesday, CAmm begins a three-week advanced workshop in sound editing, led by video artist Rebekkah Palov. Sessions run from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; future classes are set for April 11 and 18. Registration is $75 today ($60 for CA members); beginning tomorrow, the fee increases to $90 ($75 for members). Both workshops will be held at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

'Hoax' on Sunday

Cinema Sundays at the Charles wraps its 38th series this weekend with Lasse Hallstrom's The Hoax, the story of the fake autobiography of Howard Hughes that author Clifford Irving tried to peddle in the mid-'70s. The film stars Richard Gere as Irving, with Alfred Molina, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. WBJC-FM movie critic Burt Shapiro leads the post-film discussion. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

Silver screenings

Sundays at the Silver with Arch Campbell, a weekly series of film screenings hosted by the long-time Washington-area arts reporter and movie critic, continues through April 22 at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. This weekend's feature is James L. Brooks' 1987 Broadcast News, a pointed satire of the TV news business starring William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks and Joan Cusack. Campbell, a fixture in the D.C.-area arts scene since the 1970s, recently began reporting for WJLA-TV (Channel 7) and WASH-FM. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show (with informal discussion to follow in the Silver Cafe) are $9.25, $7.50 for AFI members, students and seniors. Future offerings include The Silence of the Lambs (April 8), American Beauty (April 15) and The Devil Wears Prada (April 15). Information: 301-495-6720 or afi.com/silver.


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