The Detroit Film Theatre is probably best known for screening new foreign language, documentary, and American independent films that you are not likely to see in a mainstream commercial theater.
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For many decades, a trip to a movie theater in the Detroit area promised more than just the feature film. It could also include extras like cartoons, newsreels, short comedies, travelogues, or other entertainments, both live and on screen.
This past weekend marked 25 years since I first started attending movies at the Detroit Film Theatre. I first visited the DFT around August 1, 1988 for the German drama Wings of Desire.
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.
The Detroit Film Theatre and Redford Theatre finished up their current seasons on the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 with the usual wide variety of movie entertainments that included classic, silent, and foreign language films. But before patrons enjoyed these treasures of the silver screen, theater representatives announced many special events in the coming months.
I was pleasantly surprised the other day to see that this year the Detroit Film Theatre will be participating in the Cinetopia International Film Festival that the Michigan Theater started last year.
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.
The printed word, the moving picture, the photograph, the sound of a voice—all modes of expression of reflections, feelings, observations.
I experienced an exhilarating convergence of these forms of communication at the Detroit Film Theatre on November 9, 2012 as I watched the movie Patience (After Sebald), a few days after I started reading the book on which the film was based, The Rings of Saturn, by W.G. Sebald.
The newest technologies of movies, such as 3-D and special digital effects, make it easy to forget that the projection of moving images began more than 100 years ago. The Detroit Film Theatre and the Michigan Theater recently transported their audiences back to the early days of cinema, with movies released before World War I.
For many years, my Christmas video watching included the 1937 French drama Grand Illusion, which was directed by Jean Renoir. Towards its end, there is a poignant Christmas Eve scene that for me adds a new dimension to the peaceful message and communal feeling of the season.