A 'Tension'-filled afternoon in store at the Pratt Library

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Tension, a rarely seen film noir classic starring Richard Basehart, Barry Sullivan, Cyd Charisse, Audrey Totter and William Conrad, will be shown for free tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of the "Rare Reels: The Best Films You've Never Seen" series. Directed by John Berry, who would later fall victim to Hollywood's '50s-era blacklist, the 1949 film is the story of a druggist who plots to kill his two-timing wife, but whose plans get waylaid when he falls in love with another woman, and someone else kills the guy his wife's been fooling around with. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium of the central library, 400 Cathedral St. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.

More movies on Cathedral Street

Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1964 The Gospel According to St. Matthew, a dramatization of Jesus' life from the Annunciation to the Resurrection that portrays Christ as the world's leading revolutionary, will be the subject of this month's Film Talk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Wheeler Auditorium of the central library, 400 Cathedral St. with discussion to follow. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.

Hitchcock revival series

The Paradine Case (1947), starring Gregory Peck as a London barrister defending (and falling in love with) a woman accused of murder, is this weekend's entry in the Charles Theatre's six-month Alfred Hitchcock revival series. The film also stars Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Ethel Barrymore and Charles Coburn. (Peck, by the way, was no fan of the film, once saying he wouldn't mind seeing the film burned.) 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 times. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.

'Senorita Extraviada' showing

Documentary filmmaker Lourdes Portillo's Senorita Extraviada, which examines the deaths of hundreds of women in the sweatshops just across the Mexican border from Texas, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Blanca Picazo of Adelante Familia, an organization combating domestic violence. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

UMBC faculty works

"Activate," a program of short film and video works by members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County faculty, is set for 8 tonight at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Among the faculty members whose work will be screened are Fred Worden, John Sturgeon, Vin Grabill and Cathy Cook. Tickets are $8, $6 for alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

Playtime documentary

Where Do the Children Play?, a PBS documentary that looks with concern at how rare unstructured playtime is for today's schoolchildren, will be shown for free at 7 p.m. Monday in the multipurpose room of Roland Park Elementary School, 5207 Roland Ave. Information: 410-396-6420 or rolandparkpublic.org.

A glimpse at the 'Moon'

In the Shadow of the Moon, a documentary on the Apollo space program that features previously unseen footage of the manned moon landings and interviews with astronauts who set foot on another world, will be shown Thursday at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Public Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The free showing is the latest in the library's "New Release Cinema" program, offering screenings of the latest in new DVD releases. Admission is free, as are popcorn and soda. Showtime is 7 p.m. Information: 410-313-7700 or hclibrary.org/events.

Cinema Sundays feature

French director Andre Techine's Les Temoins (The Witnesses), a drama set among friends coping with the early days of the AIDS epidemic in 1984 Paris, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays feature. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 50 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-3456 or cinemasundays.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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