A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.
The 39 Steps
(1935) (Shown on film): Hailing from his sprightly and more overtly comical British period, Alfred Hitchcock's first masterpiece finds Robert Donat (Goodbye Mr. Chips) handcuffed to the fetching Madeleine Carroll after becoming one of the master's many mistaken murderers. Much of Hitchcock's subsequent work finds its seeds here, particularly North by Northwest, though none combines witty plot developments and speed quite so alluringly. Bonus points for the best, or at least funniest, revelation of the central baddie in film history. A Wed., June 4, 7pm.
$4-$7. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223. www.thecolonialtheatre.com
Wizard of Oz
(1939) (Shown on DVD): Believe it or not, Victor Fleming--also credited with that year's Gone With the Wind, though several uncredited directors had their mitts in both--was an actual person, not a committee name. A- Sat., May 31, 2pm.
(1947) (Shown on film): Before the blacklist sent him scuttling about Europe, Jules Dassin (Night and the City, Rififi) found a way to marry soft liberalism to high-octane intensity--or brute force, if you will--in this gritty prison-break drama. Burt Lancaster is the brooding instigator to Hume Cronyn's crypto-fascist head guard, all while a heckuva supporting cast (Charles Bickford, Jay C. Flippen, the always welcome Sir Lancelot) takes up the rear. Ordinarily the film's structure--riddled with flashbacks--would do a number on the momentum. Improbably, this one rarely slows down. B+ Sun., June 1, 2pm.
$4.50-$8.50. 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.6789. www.countytheater.com
The 39 Steps
(1935) (Shown on film): See Ambler Theater. A Mon., June 2, 7pm.
$5-$7, unless otherwise noted. 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.ihousephilly.org
Center for Visual Music: New Visions
(Shown on film): A Los Angeles-based nonprofit archive that collects the old and the new, the Center for Visual Music descends upon I-House for its second of two consecutive Fridays, this time bearing works acquired over the last handful of years. (An exhibit on the organization will subsequently be held at Vox Populi for most of June.) Proving avant-garde is alive and well, the night's wares--currently at 15 shorts with still more possible--includes such sights as Scott Nyerges' Polar, a silent video concerning the melting ice caps. Robert Seidel crushes and otherwise abstracts objects for futures while Devon Damonte draws directly onto the film leder to explore "our collective pop cultural consciousness" in A Sense of Wonder. Jim Ellis' Hypnology/Drift attempts to portray the state between sleep and wake. Miserlou, by Vivek Patel, draws on the interplay between cinema's two chief characteristics: sound and vision. All this plus a riff on Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, 3-D animation and more. Fri., May 30, 7pm.
$5. 7141 Germantown Ave. 215.247.3020. www.mtairyvideolibrary.com