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.
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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.
The 85th birthday is approaching for the Redford Theatre, the Michigan Theater, and the auditorium of the Detroit Institute of Arts that hosts the Detroit Film Theatre. All three theaters have taken on ambitious renewal projects that will make them more user-friendly, a term that probably wasn’t used when the buildings opened in 1927 and 1928.