Archive for the ‘Detroit Film Theatre’ Category

Depths of Beauty

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

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The 2009 Mexican film Alamar, which I saw at the Detroit Film Theatre on October 1, 2010, did what all good DFT films do—took me to a new place, in this case physically, to the bottom of the ocean, where I discovered unique structures and organizations of nature.

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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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On the Dark Side

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

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In general, my tastes in movies run towards pictures with an uplifting theme, either in their general tone or as portraits of people overcoming challenges. Occasionally though, I find it interesting to watch a film with a darker theme, like the 1943 Danish drama Day of Wrath at the Detroit Film Theatre on April 24, 2010.

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DFT 101

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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On March 20, 2010, I had the privilege and pleasure to attend the opening session of the Detroit Film Theatre’s new series on significant films in the long history of that art form—DFT 101. This Saturday afternoon series premiered with a screening of the famous 1924 German silent film, The Last Laugh. It included opening remarks by Elliott Wilhelm, the curator of film for the Detroit Institute of Arts who also gives commentary on classic films for public television.

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DFT Documentaries

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

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Before the screening of the documentary Mine at the Detroit Film Theatre on Feb. 6, 2010, the film’s producer, Erin Essenmacher, said that she didn’t want to say much because she wanted the movie to speak for itself.

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Movie Marathon

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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When I first heard that the Detroit Film Theatre would open its Winter 2010 season with a 4 1/2-hour movie, I had mixed feelings about committing so much time to one film. But when the 271 minutes of Red Cliff – The Complete Director’s Cut ended on January 17, 2010, I was glad I’d come down to the DFT for this dramatic and moving film from China.

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A Day at the DFT Opera

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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In some ways, the Detroit Film Theatre’s film presentation of the opera La bohème on Oct. 24, 2009 reminded me of one of those optical illusion pictures where your eyes keep switching between views of one image or another.

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The Alloy Orchestra

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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As the 2009 calendar turned the gentle corner from the warm days of summer to the crisp evenings of fall, the Detroit Movie Palaces rolled out their autumn offerings on the weekend of September 11-13.

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DFT Neighborhood

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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Many times before or after a movie at the Detroit Film Theatre, I’ve taken a pleasant walk around the Cultural Center. As you can see in the following pictures, it’s one of the most beautiful parts of Detroit.

Here’s the parking lot where I always park for free, thanks to the parking pass that comes with each DFT ticket. My anticipation for that day’s film is always enhanced by the views of the different Cultural Center buildings as I walk towards the DFT auditorium.

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A Summer Gathering

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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The late afternoon sunlight streamed through the high, vertical, arched windows of the Crystal Gallery Café of the Detroit Film Theatre. About 30-40 people had gathered to participate in a discussion led by Wayne State University professor Karen McDevitt about a powerful new French film that they had just watched in the DFT auditorium on July 12, 2009. The ornate vaulted ceilings enhanced the feeling of understanding that spread throughout the café as the discussion proceeded.

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