During December, the AMC cable channel ran the 1954 holiday classic White Christmas over and over, allowing viewers to dip into their favorite scenes of the movie again and again. On December 17 and 18, 2010, I got to enjoy that film in the same way on the big screen of the Redford Theatre.
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Introductions to silent films at the Detroit Movie Palaces often include the comment that silent movies weren’t really meant to be silent. That fact came through loud and clear in two recent showings of the restored 1927 Fritz Lang epic Metropolis at the Detroit Film Theatre and the Michigan Theater.
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.