Be razzle-dazzled by silent film

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The rarely seen silent film Chicago, a 1927 drama based on the same two murder cases that are at the center of the Oscar-winning musical, will be shown tomorrow at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Adapting a 1926 play written by Chicago Tribune crime reporter Maurine Watkins, the film paints a portrait of corruption and opportunism that would be elaborated on by John Kander and Fred Ebb in their 1975 Broadway play. That play, revived on Broadway in 1996, would earn Oscar gold when brought to the big screen six years later. Showtime for Chicago, which will feature live musical accompaniment, is 1 p.m. Ticket prices are $6.75- $9.75. Information: 301-495-6720.

Fantastical cinema

The Charles ends its retrospective of fantastical cinema this weekend with Mexican director Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain (1973), a cornucopia of religious and sacrilegious imagery that defies easy description, centering on a messianic figure and his followers as they search for immortality. Showtime is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encore screenings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other days. Information: 410-727-3456 or the

Health screenings

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's Hospital, a 1970 made-for-TV cinema verite look at a New York hospital and the loathsome, dehumanizing conditions there, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Also showing will be a short film, Faces of Maryland's Uninsured. After the screenings, a panel of health-policy experts, including representatives from the Health Care for All coalition, will lead a discussion. Tickets are $8, $6 for alliance members. Information: 410- 276-1651.

'Boot Camp'

"Docs that Rock," a series of "fast-paced documentaries that explore the extreme," continues Monday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southwest Anchor branch with Charles Braverman's High School Boot Camp. The 2000 film watches as a group of 50 boys, ages 13 to 18, work their way through a Florida boot camp, where drill-sergeant instructors are intent on transforming them from misbehaving malcontents to solid citizens. Showtime is 6 p.m. at the library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Free. Information: 410-396-1580.

Charlie Parker biopic

Towson University's Music/Musicians/Musicals film series continues Monday with Bird, director Clint Eastwood's 1988 biopic of jazz great Charlie Parker. Forest Whitaker stars as Parker. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium on the school campus, 8000 York Road. Admission is free. Information: 410-704-3755 or

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