"La Boheme," MGM's 1926 silent epic of selfless love in the pursuit of high-quality playwriting, will be shown Sunday afternoon at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, with organ accompaniment by James Harp, director of opera and education for the Lyric Opera House. The movie, directed by King Vidor and based on Puccini's opera, stars John Gilbert as the struggling (and somewhat oblivious) playwright, Rodolphe, and Lillian Gish as his self-sacrificing muse, Mimi. The cast also includes Renee Adoree, Edward Everett Horton and Karl Dane. "La Boheme" is a classic, one of the luminous Gish's signature roles, and watching it with Harp's expressive scoring is the rare opportunity to see silent film as it was meant to be experienced. Admission to the 2 p.m. showing is free, although donations are encouraged. St. Mark's is located at 1900 St. Paul St., with free parking at the corner of St. Paul and 20th streets. Call 410-752-5804.
Film Talk at the Pratt: : The Canadian film "Mon Oncle Antoine," director Claude Jutra's tale of a young man's changing perspectives on the world and his part therein, will be the subject of this month's free Film Talk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Young Jacques Gagnon stars as Benoit, whose family runs the general store and undertaking business in the small Canadian mining town of Black Hawk. Played out over the course of an eventful Christmas Eve, the film watches as Benoit's eyes are slowly opened to the subtle joys and festering tragedies that mark life in this poor town. Jutra, a leading figure in French-Canadian cinema, would direct some 30 movies before his death in 1986; just as a character in one of his films had done, Jutra drowned in the freezing St. Lawrence River, presumably a suicide. Showtime for "Mon Oncle Antoine" is 10:15 a.m. Saturday, with illuminating discussion sure to follow.
Also at the Pratt on Saturday: the prize-winning feature-length Japanese manga adaptation, "Tekkon Kinkreet," will be screened at 2 p.m. American-born director Michael Arias' 2006 film follows two streetwise orphans as they struggle to protect their city of Treasure Town from all manner of thugs, thieves and Japanese Yakuza.
Both movies will be shown for free in the library's Wheeler Auditorium. Call 410-396-5430 or go to prattlibrary.org.
'Mechanic to Millionaire': : The life of Peter Cooper, a 19th-century inventor-philanthropist who made Jell-O possible, designed steam locomotives that helped make the B&O; Railroad a success and founded Cooper Union in New York, is dramatized in the hourlong film, "Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story." Free screenings of the film, directed by Janet Gardner and starring Scott Klavan as Cooper, are set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the B&O; Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Seating is limited; contact Kathy Hargest at 410-752-2462, ext. 207, or email@example.com, for information or to make reservations.
Cinema Sundays: : "Flammen & Citronen" ("Flame & Citron"), Danish director Ole Christian Madsen's drama of two resistance fighters during World War II, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays at the Charles offering. The movie stars Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen as the two eponymous freedom fighters. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday, preceded by 35 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Call 410-727-3456 or go to cinemasundays.com.
Shorts get creative: : "Poe, Noir and Bad Breakups," a program of short films from local filmmakers Travis Mays, Ryan Thomas, Michael Kimball, Hunter Nesbitt, Dankwa Brooks, Matthew Hahn and Linda Franklin, is set for 8 p.m. today at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $10, $8 for alliance members. Call 410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org.