Archive for the ‘Detroit Film Theatre’ Category

Works of Art

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Some film writers have said that motion pictures are paintings of time. After seeing The Mill and the Cross at the Detroit Film Theatre on January 28, 2012, I wondered if one of the major challenges of painting is to know how to stop time and capture an image of a moment.


Classic Cinema 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Many movie buffs consider 1939 to be Hollywood’s greatest year, with releases like Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, and Wizard of Oz. But 1940 wasn’t too bad either, and in 2011, visitors to the Detroit Movie Palaces enjoyed some of the highlights of that release year.


A DIA Benefit

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Membership in the Detroit Institute of Arts qualifies you for free admission to the current major exhibition Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus. It also gets you in free to the DFT 101 Saturday afternoon film series at the Detroit Film Theatre.


Other Worlds

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

A visit to the movies usually means about 90-120 minutes of a fictional story involving human beings playing characters other than themselves.

I took a break from that routine on Saturday, October 1, 2011, when I took in a unique double feature at the Detroit Film Theatre and the Redford Theatre. The DFT showed a gritty documentary about street life, while the Redford screened a collection of old cartoons.


South of the Border

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

When you think of Mexican movies, you might think of dusty roads, adobe dwellings, mariachi music, and dramatically expressed passions. The Redford Theatre and Detroit Film Theatre recently gave their patrons a look at films based in Mexico, from two different perspectives.


Two Rides on the Potemkin

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

It’s Back to School time of year again. This fall, visitors to the Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater will have chances to return to the classroom for special film presentations that include introductory remarks by the leaders of the theaters.


Added Value

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

I admit that it was hard to motivate myself to go see the 1926 German silent film Faust at the Detroit Film Theatre on July 9, 2011. After all, it was a beautiful summer afternoon—not the ideal time to spend two hours watching a serious movie about a man struggling with the temptations of the Devil.

But I knew that attending the DFT is more than just watching a motion picture on a screen. There’s always added value, both in the regular activities of the theater and in the different special events that it presents.


Making the Cut

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

When film editor Richard Chew took to the stage of the Detroit Film Theatre on June 11, 2011, he might have felt a sense of honor and accomplishment. Here he was, sharing the lessons of his life’s work, with a sophisticated group of film lovers, in the beautifully restored DFT.


End of the Season

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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.


Career Moves

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

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.