Archive for the ‘Documentaries’ Category

Pushed to the Limit

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

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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

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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

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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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Cinetopia Selections

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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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

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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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Finding Expression

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

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The printed word, the moving picture, the photograph, the sound of a voice—all modes of expression of reflections, feelings, observations.

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Journey to Cinetopia

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

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The energy of the inaugural Cinetopia International Film Festival was building to a high point at about 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012, as I listened to the final comments of Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the famous silent film comedian Harold Lloyd.

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Renewal

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

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The 85th birthday is approaching for the Redford Theatre, the Michigan Theater, and the auditorium of the Detroit Institute of Arts that hosts the Detroit Film Theatre. All three theaters have taken on ambitious renewal projects that will make them more user-friendly, a term that probably wasn’t used when the buildings opened in 1927 and 1928.

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Classic Cinema 2011

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

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Many movie buffs consider 1939 to be Hollywood’s greatest year, with releases like Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, and Wizard of Oz. But 1940 wasn’t too bad either, and in 2011, visitors to the Detroit Movie Palaces enjoyed some of the highlights of that release year.

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Other Worlds

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

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A visit to the movies usually means about 90-120 minutes of a fictional story involving human beings playing characters other than themselves.

I took a break from that routine on Saturday, October 1, 2011, when I took in a unique double feature at the Detroit Film Theatre and the Redford Theatre. The DFT showed a gritty documentary about street life, while the Redford screened a collection of old cartoons.

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