Slate of movies pulls film noir out of the shadows

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Beginning this weekend, the weekly revival series at the Charles Theatre turns its attention to film noir, those bleak, shadowy movies filled with easily duped guys led astray by morally questionable gals that dominated post-war America's movie screens. First up in the 14-week series is Otto Preminger's 1944 Laura, starring Dana Andrews as a detective who falls in love with a painting of a woman who may not be as dead as everyone thinks. The cast also includes Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price and Judith Anderson. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or

'Seeger' starts Silverdocs

Silverdocs, the American Film Institute's annual showcase of the best in documentary filmmaking, opens Tuesday at the AFI's Silver Theatre with a 7:30 p.m. screening of Jim Brown's Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, a collection of interviews, home movies and archival footage documenting Seeger's career as a singer and social activist. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., followed by a concert by the Mammals, featuring Seeger's grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger. Tickets for the opening night screening and festivities are $50. Silverdocs continues through June 17 at The Silver, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Individual film tickets are $10, $8 for students and AFI members; all-festival passes are available for $225. For information and a complete schedule: or 301-495-6776.

Free Scorsese

A series offering free screenings of Martin Scorsese films continues Thursday on the Johns Hopkins medical campus with 1990's Goodfellas, a mob drama based on the real-life exploits (and downfall) of mob operative Henry Hill. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci (who won a Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance) and Ray Liotta star. Showtime is 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. Free coffee and cookies are included with the series, which is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs. The series continues June 20 with 1985's After Hours. Information: 410-955-3363 or

Look and listen

Sound/Visions, a combination of film, video and light that the folks at the Creative Alliance refer to as a product of "Baltimore's thriving noise/sound/music scene," is set for 8 p.m. tonight at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. Curated by local filmmaker-musician Catherine Pancake, the works will be accompanied by sounds from unusual instruments, including bowed metal, dry ice, musical saws and electronic games. Among bands creating the sounds will be Snacks, Sand Cats, Trockeneis, Carly & Twig and Chiara Giovando & Jenny Graf Sheppard. Tickets are $10, $7 for alliance members and students. Information: 410-276-1651 or

'Stagecoach' on screen

John Ford's 1939 Stagecoach, the film that revived the Western genre and made a star of John Wayne, will be the subject of tomorrow'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. Information: 410-396-5430 or

Cinema Sundays

French director Pascale Ferran's Lady Chatterley, an updated take on D.H. Lawrence's legendarily scandalous novel of frustrated sexuality, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays feature. The film, which won the French Cesar Award for best picture of 2006, stars Marina Hands (who won the best actress Cesar), Jean-Louis Coulloc'h and Hippolyte Girardot. Ellen Handler Spitz, a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterward. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or

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