It’s M. Hulot’s breezy, absurd world, and we’re all part of it, in the sweet-tempered anarchy of the 1953 French comedy, M. Hulot’s Holiday, which played at the Michigan Theater on July 18, 2010 as part of its Summer Classic Film Series.
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Some motion picture images are so powerful that they burn their way into our memories and imaginations, and become models for later movies.
There are the towering skyscrapers of the futuristic city of Metropolis (1927), which opened the Detroit Film Theatre’s summer film series on June 11, 2010. And many science fiction movies of the 1970s and 1980s owe a debt of gratitude to the graceful movement of the spacecraft models of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), which played at the Redford Theatre on June 25-26, 2010.
The Historic Auditorium of the Michigan Theater has played host to some of the most unforgettable facial images in the history of film over the last few months, as part of its World Cinema Film Series. The difference between TV and theater screenings of movies might be most pronounced in the emotion and detail that is communicated in facial closeups.
The vivid impressions of the big movie screen can magnify the impact of many things, including landscapes where the stirring emotions of human drama are played out. That was particularly true in recent Detroit Movie Palace showings of two famous outdoor adventures: The Searchers at the Michigan Theater on August 4, 2009, and Lawrence of Arabia at the Redford Theatre on August 9. 2009.
The Ann Arbor News published its last edition today (July 23, 2009), and through the years, it has been a good friend to the Michigan Theater. It has provided advertising space, along with free publicity in its entertainment listings. Its writers have produced many enjoyable descriptions of the theater’s activities. And it has shown its strongest commitment to the Michigan through the sponsorship of its programming.
The Detroit Movie Palaces add so much variety to the experiences of area moviegoers that it’s extra fun when they create different ways to enjoy the same movie. That happened recently when the Michigan Theater and the Redford Theatre screened the 1964 children’s classic Mary Poppins.
So there I was, sitting in the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on May 4, 2009, watching a film set in Ashdod, Israel in which a young half Russian/half Israeli boy was trying to learn dances that originated in Spain and England. His instructor was a famous Russian dancer who was considering going to a dance competition in Stockholm, Sweden.