That’s Italian

October 23rd, 2017

Students of Italian film history have had much to enjoy at the Detroit Film Theatre this year.

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Mining History

September 12th, 2017

Every time we watch a movie, our understanding and enjoyment of it are affected by our knowledge of film history. Two movies at the Detroit Film Theatre on September 10, 2017 educated me more about the histories of feature film animation and Italian movies.

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The Hitchcock Touch

August 10th, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock’s last big critical and popular success was The Birds. This 1963 apocalyptic chiller was shown at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, August 6, 2017 as part of its Hitchcock Goes Hollywood series.

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Movies at the Senate

July 16th, 2017

A restored neighborhood movie theater on the southwest side of Detroit is increasing the number of classic movies that you can see on the big screen in the Detroit area.

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A Festival of Festivals

June 12th, 2017

The six-year-old Cinetopia Film Festival has always been promoted as a gathering place for movies from film festivals around the world.

This mission has given film lovers in southeastern Michigan access to cinematic wonders from the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, and other film festivals. Cinetopia has grown to the point where it can include smaller film festivals that could easily stand on their own, including the Arab American Film Festival.

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Silent Film Community

June 5th, 2017

One of the great rewards of supporting historic theaters with classic film programs is the chance to see silent movies with live accompaniment. These performances are the product of a vibrant silent film community that has also helped to preserve silent movies through DVD recordings and restoration projects.

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Memories of War

May 29th, 2017

A powerful new movie about World War I that I saw at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, May 28, 2017 added to my understanding of Memorial Day.

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Disney Milestones

April 23rd, 2017

The Detroit Film Theatre and the Redford Theatre recently celebrated the coming of spring with the two most significant feature films released by the Walt Disney studio during its founder’s lifetime.

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Birth of the Stooges

April 11th, 2017

The Three Stooges made their latest trip to the Redford Theatre on April 7 and 8, 2017. As always, the energy of their antics was matched by the many outbursts of laughter in the auditorium of this 89-year-old theater.

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Cat People

March 21st, 2017

After I saw the fascinating new cat documentary Kedi at the Michigan Theater on March 20, 2017, I couldn’t wait to get home to see my own feline friend Dusky, to see how this film might have affected my view of her.

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