Students of Italian film history have had much to enjoy at the Detroit Film Theatre this year.
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Every time we watch a movie, our understanding and enjoyment of it are affected by our knowledge of film history. Two movies at the Detroit Film Theatre on September 10, 2017 educated me more about the histories of feature film animation and Italian movies.
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The six-year-old Cinetopia Film Festival has always been promoted as a gathering place for movies from film festivals around the world.
This mission has given film lovers in southeastern Michigan access to cinematic wonders from the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, and other film festivals. Cinetopia has grown to the point where it can include smaller film festivals that could easily stand on their own, including the Arab American Film Festival.
Continue reading A Festival of Festivals
The Detroit Film Theatre and the Redford Theatre recently celebrated the coming of spring with the two most significant feature films released by the Walt Disney studio during its founder’s lifetime.
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The Detroit Film Theatre has done a great job of helping its visitors discover lesser known parts of movie history. That effort continued on February 3, 2017, when it began a series of older films that were marketed to black American audiences and featured all-black casts. This series was presented in conjunction with the Library of Congress.
Continue reading Cinema Discoveries
Much of the magic of movies comes from the way they combine older arts like paintings, music, and theater. Films at the Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater on October 27, 2016 showed how particular works of art can be used to enhance a movie.
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Life during wartime is stressful, and the effects of war can be devastating. Two recent movies at the Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater explored the possible and real effects of World War II.
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Movies are collections of constantly changing images, and so are families. Two recent films at the Detroit Film Theatre took advantage of this rich source of cinema.
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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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When Lewis Grassic Gibbon wrote the novel Sunset Song in the early 1930s, he faced the challenge of using only words to create powerful images of early 20th century Scotland in the minds of his readers. More than 80 years later, movie director Terence Davies used all of the resources of the motion picture to tell his own powerful version of the story.
Continue reading Storytellers