Repertory

A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.

By Matt Prigge
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Free. Screening room at the Chestnut Hill Branch of the Free Library, 8711 Germantown Ave. 215.248.0977. www.armcinema25.com

Flying Down to Rio

(1933) (Shown on film): Audiences may have come for headliners Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond, but they left marveling over fourth- and fifth-billers Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, paired for the first of nine times. The two literally put their heads together for the thoroughly awesome "Carioca" number; the rest is passable fizz. B- Tues., March 18, 7:30pm.




Colonial Theatre

$4-$7. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223. www.thecolonialtheatre.com

To Kill a Mockingbird

(1962) (Shown on film): One-book novelist Harper Lee's junior-high staple made for a suitably junior-high-ish film adaptation, thanks in part to a literate screenplay by playwright Horton Foote and direction from Robert Mulligan that keeps the camera angles at a child's eye level. With Gregory Peck, perfectly cast for possibly the only time in his career. B Sat., March 15, 2pm.

Live and Let Die

(1973) (Shown on film): Roger Moore may have debuted in this, the eighth Bond outing, but the real turning point is the series finally acknowledging the existence of black people. Released at the height of the blaxploitation movement, it finds 007 cavorting in Harlem, New Orleans and the Caribbean and fighting off Yaphet Kotto, afros, racial epithets and actual honest-to-God pimpmobiles. The excessively white Jane Seymour plays the girl. B- Sun., March 16, 2pm.




County Theater

$3.50-$8.50. 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.6789. www.countytheater.com

How to Eat Fried Worms

(2006) (Shown on DVD): Thomas Rockwell's kiddie fave, first published all the way back in 1973, made a super-belated graduation to film form--the most interesting part of which appears to be a score by Devo's Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh. (Not reviewed.) Sat., March 15, 11am.

If You Break the Skin You Must Come In

(2007) (Shown on video): Hailing from the Big Picture Alliance--a local partnership that works with teens in urban areas to make their own films--this feature-length doc focuses on Zoe Strauss, an award-winning photographer whose work, shown at the Whitney Biennial, concentrates on our city's many marginal neighborhoods. (Not reviewed.) Mon., March 17, 7pm.




Gershman Y

$10. 401 S. Broad St. www.pjff.org

The Hebrew Lesson

(2006) (Shown on film): The Jewish Film Festival plays host to this Israeli doc on four immigrants attending a Hebrew class, focusing on the difficulties of not only learning a new language but adjusting to a new culture. (Not reviewed.) Mon., March 17, 7pm.




International House

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