Archive for the ‘Documentaries’ Category

Cat People

Tuesday, 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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Museum Pieces

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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.

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A Master’s Voice

Monday, January 11th, 2016

François Truffaut was a enthusiastic student of film, and he created a fascinating record of this enthusiasm in his films, in his movie reviews in the magazine Cahiers du cinéma, and in books like The Films in My Life (1975).

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A Hand Up

Friday, September 25th, 2015

During the screening of the documentary Rosenwald at the Michigan Theater on September 24, 2015, one person after another testified to how they had benefited from the generosity of businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.

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Pushed to the Limit

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

A pair of movies at the Detroit Film Theatre on July 25, 2015 showed how human beings can respond to being pushed to the limit, both by circumstance and by their own choice.

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Cinetopia Buffet

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The four-year-old Cinetopia International Film Festival continued to grow in 2015. New venues this year included several well-known alternative film theaters (Maple Theater, Redford Theatre, and Senate Theater).

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Life is for Living

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

On a rainy Sunday when many people might have been tempted to stay inside, the Michigan Theater presented two films about individuals who stretched the boundaries of their experiences.

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A Quarter Century

Monday, August 5th, 2013

This past weekend marked 25 years since I first started attending movies at the Detroit Film Theatre. I first visited the DFT around August 1, 1988 for the German drama Wings of Desire.

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Cinetopia Selections

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

A two-day program of silent films starring Mary Pickford might have seemed out of place among the many new movies at the Cinetopia International Film Festival, but guest speaker Christel Schmidt helped put things in perspective.

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Collecting Images

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

A double feature on the opening weekend of the Detroit Film Theatre’s Winter 2013 season helped me better understand and appreciate how images are combined to create film and film-like experiences.

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