Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Jessie Matthews and Judy Garland will grace the screens of the Air and Space Museum and Baird Auditorium this spring in a new Smithsonian subscription series, "Hollywood Musicals of the Thirties." Organized and hosted by Joel Siegel, the series is scheduled for 10 consecutive Fridays at 9:15 p.m. beginning April 15 with a program headed by Chevalier and MacDonal in Ernst Lubitsch's "The Love Parade."
In addition to the film showings, three programs will be augemented by live musical performances by singer Janet Flint and pianist Jim Blake, rendering melodic homage to Richard Whiting, Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen. Features scheduled to be shown in their entirely include "The Merry Widow," "The Gay Divorcee," "Top Hat," "Swing Time." "Evergreen," "Showboat" and "The Wizard of Oz."
Subscription tickets are priced at $45 for members of the Smithsonian and $63 for nonmembers. Each program will include one feature plus excerpts from other musicals or a live musical presentation. Seven programs will be shown in the auditorium of the Air and Space Museum and three in Baird Auditorium. For further information, please call 381-5157.
The American Film Institute can take considerable satisfaction in Monday night's Academy Awards results. "Harlan County, U.S.A.," which received the maximum grant of $10,000 from the AFI's independent Filmmakers Program back in 1973, was named best feature documentary and "In the Region of Ice," a short story film produced by Andre Guttfreund and Peter Werner when they were fellows at the AFI Center for Advanced Film Studies, was voted best live action short subject. In addition, Lynne Littman, who produced. "Number Our Days," the Oscar, selection as best documentary short, is an alumna of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women.
Five new pictures are scheduled to open this Friday, April 1: "Slap Shot" exclusively at the K-B Fine Arts, "Edvard Munch" exclusively at the Dupont Circle, and "Black Sunday," "Demon Seed" and "Raggedy Ann & Andy" at various area threaters. "Nasty Habits" will now begin an exclusive engagement at the K-B Cinema starting Wednesday, April 6, with "The Late Show" expanding to half-a-dozen suburban locations on the same day.
"Union Maids," a short feature documentary by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein about three Chicago women who were active in union organizing during the '30s, will beging playing matinee performances Saturday and Sunday at the Inner Circle. The first showings, this Saturday, April 2, at 12:30, 1:45 and 3 p.m., will be benefits for Sophie's Parlor and WPFW-FM, the Pacifica station. Thereafter "Union Maids" and a short called "Me and Stella," a profile of black singer Elizabeth Cotten, will share the bill at the Inner Circle Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 2:30 p.m.