Two colorful widescreen musicals at the Michigan Theater and Redford Theatre helped take the chill off of the cold new year for many area moviegoers.
The weather was very cold outside the Michigan Theater on December 15, 2016, but inside the atmosphere was warmed up by the splendor and drama of the United States premiere of the PBS Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Victoria.
While watching The Sound of Music at the Redford Theatre on November 18 and 19, 2016, I felt like I was experiencing the end of an era.
Much of the magic of movies comes from the way they combine older arts like paintings, music, and theater. Films at the Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater on October 27, 2016 showed how particular works of art can be used to enhance a movie.
The flickering shadows of the Redford Theatre auditorium were filled with mystery and intrigue on the weekend of September 23, 24, and 25, 2016 when the theater hosted a film noir festival.
Life during wartime is stressful, and the effects of war can be devastating. Two recent movies at the Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater explored the possible and real effects of World War II.
Judy Garland’s tragically short life of 47 years was made up of three phases that were separated by her triumphant performances in The Wizard of Oz in 1939 and A Star is Born in 1954. Visitors to the Redford Theatre were treated to these two movies on August 12 and 13, 2016, and gained more appreciation for the evolution and the full range of Garland’s talents.
Movies are collections of constantly changing images, and so are families. Two recent films at the Detroit Film Theatre took advantage of this rich source of cinema.
During the recent bankruptcy proceedings for the city of Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Arts was threatened with the sale of some of its art. During World War II, the art at the Louvre Museum in Paris also was threatened, by the approaching German army, as shown in the new movie Francofonia, which I saw at the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA on Sunday, June 19, 2016.
When Lewis Grassic Gibbon wrote the novel Sunset Song in the early 1930s, he faced the challenge of using only words to create powerful images of early 20th century Scotland in the minds of his readers. More than 80 years later, movie director Terence Davies used all of the resources of the motion picture to tell his own powerful version of the story.