Repertory

A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.

By Matt Prigge
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Ambler Theater
$4.50-$8.50. 108 E. Butler Ave. 215.345.7855. www.amblertheater.org

Best of the Diamond Screen Film Festival
(Shown on film and video): Spread over two more nights and venues (see the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for the other), Temple University's film department once again offers up its senior-year and graduate wares to the general public. (The name refers to the street where the school resides.) Note for the time-pressed: Each evening offers a different program, so either pick a night or gorge on the whole lot. Thurs., May 22, 7pm.


Bryn Mawr Film Institute
$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org

Best of the Diamond Screen Film Festival
(Shown on DVD and video): See Ambler Theater. Wed., May 21, 7pm.


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

The Hound of the Baskervilles
(1959) (Shown on DVD): The most adapted by far of the Sherlock Holmes yarns received the Hammer Films treatment in 1959, with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee strutting their stuff not as Holmes and Watson, alas, but as Holmes and the sinister Mr. Baskerville. (Andr � Morell, of Quatermass and the Pit, does Watson.) The first SH film shot in color, it was also the first Hammer production without a beastie of some sort. Some shock, then, that it bombed. (Not reviewed.) Sun., May 25, 2pm.


International House
$5-$7, unless otherwise noted. 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.ihousephilly.org

Center for Visual Music: Rare Classics From the CVM Archives
(Shown on film): Don 't think that the term "visual music" refers only to music videos. Generally speaking anything that shirks narrative and plot--that moves to a purely cinematic beat--can fall under the classification, including anything remotely avant-garde. A Los Angeles-based nonprofit archive that collects the old and the new, the Center for Visual Music descends upon I-House for two consecutive Fridays, this week unleashing more than a dozen shorts from the aging section of its vaults. Spanning from the 1920s through the 1970s, the night's wares offer a suitably wide variety. Between the brothers Oskar and Hans Fischinger you'll find experiments with multiple projectors and with animation. Pastorale from 1950 simply films conductor Leopold Stokowski post-Philadelphia Orchestra while Charles Dockum's Mobilcolor Projector gets shown off in two separate short docs. Musicologist-cum-animator Harry Smith is represented by a series of shorts where he painted directly onto the film shortly before Stan Brakhage did the same. And early forms of computer animation can be found in John Stehura's 1960s film Cibernetik 5.3 and the 1970s work of Jules Engel. Stay tuned next week when the focus turns to new additions to the CVM catalog. Fri., May 23, 7pm.


Liberties Walk
Free. Outside the Think Music DVD & Film Rentals, 1040 N. American St. www.myspace.com/libertieswalk

This Is Spinal Tap
(1984) (Shown on DVD): Oh, Nigel Tufnel. Couldn 't you just make 10 louder? The by-far best of the Christopher Guest improv comedies will be paired with Jeff Krulik's seminal short Heavy Metal Parking Lot, which bros down with the patrons of a Dokken-Judas Priest concert, with highly quotable results. A Fri., May 23-Sat., May 24, 8pm; and Sun., May 25, 8pm.


Little Theater
$5. 7141 Germantown Ave. 215.247.3020. www.mtairyvideolibrary.com

In the Shadow of the Moon
(2007) (Shown on DVD): Surely NASA can stand one straightforward filmic missive? Skipping the pomp and circumstance of For All Mankind and untold numbers of IMAX docs, this British doc presents a 101 on the history of the American space program. As space exploration is diverted by empty political grandstanding and memorable soap-opera theatrics, Moon reminds us the last person to achieve something notable off our planet is really goddamn old. B Fri., May 23-Sat., May 24, 8pm; and Sun., May 25, 8pm.


Wooden Shoe Books
Free. 508 S. Fifth St. 215.413.0999. www.woodenshoebooks.com

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