Rare Baseball Films Stop in Cleveland

And lead this week's arthouse picks

Rare Films From the Baseball Hall of Fame

This two-hour program celebrates the boys of summer with a bunch of vintage movies borrowed from the HOF's collection. These clips are always a treat, and this year host Dave Filipi (a film and baseball geek — yes, ladies, there is such a monster) presents a stellar lineup that includes old Gillette commercials with greats like Bob Feller and Willie Mays, highlights from the 1935 world series, and a whole bunch of heavy hitters — including Al Rosen, Ty Cobb, and Babe Ruth — knocking them out of the park in glorious black and white. There's also a Woody Woodpecker cartoon starring the pain-in-the-ass bird doing something baseball-related. Batter up at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 12. — Michael Gallucci

Kirikou and the Wild Beasts

French animated movie about an African boy who hangs out with animals. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 10.

Tuesday, After Christmas

Romanian love story about a guy who has to choose between his wife and his mistress ... and he has to do it before Christmas. Ho, ho, ho! Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Friday, August 12, and 9:25 p.m. Saturday, August 13.

The Life of Chikuzan

Semi-documentary from 1977 about a blind Tokyo street musician. Actors recount his younger days. Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Saturday, August 13.

Summer

Eric Rohmer's 1986 movie about a young woman who finds love on vacation The Cinematheque will screen a shiny new print at 9 p.m. Friday, August 12, and 5 p.m. Saturday, August 13.

A Useful Life

The Cinematheque's 25th anniversary celebration concludes with a new movie about a struggling cinematheque and the guy who tries to keep it all going. Cinematheque. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 12.

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