Archive for the ‘Michigan Theater’ Category

Reflections on Animals

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

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In what were advertised as documentaries about animals, quite a bit was communicated about human beings. That was what many people took away from the screenings of Buck and Nénette at the Michigan Theater on July 11, 2011.

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Journeys of Dignity

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

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You could see it in their faces, in their actions, in their words. It didn’t matter if they were in the sweltering confines of the Burmese jungle, or in the vast emptiness of the drought-stricken American West. They were all on demanding journeys in which they were pushed to the limit—physically, mentally, emotionally. And somewhere along their tragic journey, they were in search of that basic human need—dignity.

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End of the Season

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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As we struggle through the transition from winter to spring to summer, the Detroit Movie Palaces wrapped up their current seasons, and gave us all something to look forward to when the weather is warmer.

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Monday at the Michigan

Monday, April 11th, 2011

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A Monday in April, as another Michigan spring inches its way teasingly towards the warmth of summer. On April 11, 2011, I thought I’d take the edge off the beginning of the workweek by taking in a double feature at the Michigan Theater, which is near where I work in Ann Arbor.

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Career Moves

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

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Movie stars often look bigger than life, but like the rest of us, each day they wake up with the challenge to manage their career and survive the competitive rigors of our economy. Recent movies at the three Detroit Movie Palaces showed significant career moves by some very famous stars of the screen.

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Classic Cinema 2010

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

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How is this for a solid and varied lineup of old movies for your local art/repertory film theater:

  • 8 1/2
  • Metropolis
  • Rashomon
  • Rear Window
  • Rules of the Game
  • Seven Samurai
  • White Christmas
  • Each of these films was shown at more than one Detroit Movie Palace in 2010.

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    White Christmas

    Sunday, December 19th, 2010

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    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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    Two Visits to the Metropolis

    Sunday, September 12th, 2010

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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.

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    M. Hulot’s Holiday

    Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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    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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    Lasting Images

    Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

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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.

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