Wednesday & Saturday: 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind'

May 4 and 7

Based on Hayao Miyazaki's ornate epic manga of the same name, "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" is a post-apocalyptic eco-adventure about a titular princess trying to prevent two embattled power structures from fighting and also ruining the planet. A sophisticated and imaginative parable about pacifism, environmentalism, and industrialization, it's Miyazaki at his world-building-est—of a piece with other half-hippie sci-fi such as Moebius' comic book "Gardens of Aedena" or Douglas Trumbull's "Silent Running"—and the first firmly Miyazaki-like anime. It's his second directorial effort after 1979's "The Castle of Cagliostro" but the first movie that suggests that fantastical sprawl of his later features such as "My Neighbor Totoro," "Porco Rosso," or "Spirited Away." Subtitled screening at 9 p.m. Wednesday, English dubbed screening at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, The Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464,, $9.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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