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.
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There are some good movies that I’ve avoided watching on television, perhaps because their seriousness might be trivialized by the small screen. Since I’ve had many chances to see classic films on the big screen in this area, I’ve probably subconsciously waited to see them in a theater.
How is this for a solid and varied lineup of old movies for your local art/repertory film theater:
- 8 1/2
- Rear Window
- Rules of the Game
- Seven Samurai
- White Christmas
Each of these films was shown at more than one Detroit Movie Palace in 2010.
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. Alamar took me physically to the bottom of the ocean, where I discovered unique structures and organizations of nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.