Indies and Arties: Bridges' Troubled Water



ONE OF THE greatest acting talents in America, Jeff Bridges, stars in “Crazy Heart.” First-time writer-director Scott Cooper‘s drama opens on Friday at the two local Landmark Theatres. Bridges plays Bad Blake, a washed-up country singer with mountains of talent and molehills of success, whose career limps along while that of his protege (Colin Farrell) soars. Bad grasps for redemption in the form of aspiring journalist and single mother Maggie Gyllenhaal, and if it all sounds like hand-me-down Horton Foote, bear in mind that the film is generating Oscar buzz for Bridges.
» E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; 202-452-7672. (Metro Center)
» Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-7273.

Bringing a Silent to Life
The National Gallery of Art celebrates the films of cinematic pioneer D.W. Griffith with one of its Cine-Concerts. The 1925 silent film “Lady of the Pavements” screens to live accompaniment by composer and pianist Donald Sosin and vocalist Joanna Seaton. The film was Griffith’s last of the silent era and stars the lovely Lupe Velez — then an ingenue and a promising Hollywood talent — as a prostitute who inveigles Prussian aristocrat William Boyd into marrying her.
» National Gallery of Art, East Building, 400 Constitution Ave. NW; Sat., 2 p.m., free; 202-842-6799. (Archives-Navy Memorial)

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