Archive for the ‘General Topics’ Category

Honoring History

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

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I made my second visit today to the Detroit Historical Museum’s fascinating exhibit about movie theaters in Detroit.  Detroit: The “Reel” Story is a valuable record of local history, and any movie buff should hurry to see this show and find out how the Detroit moviegoing experience has evolved through the years.

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Christmas in the 1940s

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

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The 1940s was a Golden Age for Christmas movies.  It just seemed the right time for holiday movies, with World War II over and the post-war Baby Boom under way. Area moviegoers have a wonderful opportunity this year to see many of these holiday classics on the big screen.

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Unreeled Thoughts: New DIA/DFT, Deborah Kerr

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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Excitement is building for the re-opening of the Detroit Institute of Arts (which hosts the Detroit Film Theatre), and the Michigan and Redford screened the peak performances of the late Deborah Kerr (1921-2007).

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A Classic Movie Wish List

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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In the 20 years that I’ve regularly attended the Detroit Film Theatre, and the 10 years that I’ve visited the Michigan Theater and Redford Theatre, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many classic films, from silent movies like Buster Keaton’s The General (1927) to lively musicals like The Pirate (1948) to foreign language films like The Grand Illusion (1937).

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Different Views of a Rear Window

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

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While watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window the other night at the Penn Theatre in downtown Plymouth (May 17, 2007), I reflected on how I’d also seen that classic 1954 mystery at all three Detroit Movie Palaces.

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Looking Forward from 1957

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

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It sounds like an advertisement for Circuit City or Best Buy.  But it’s really a perceptive prediction from an outstanding movie book that celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

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Content Discontent

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

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The Ann Arbor Film Festival opened this week at the Michigan Theater, following a controversy over its adherence to guidelines that applied to funding from the state of Michigan.  This year’s AAFF did not apply for that funding.

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The Year in Review – 1931

Monday, January 1st, 2007

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From my research for the Looking Back feature of this web site, I’ve found that the movies of 1931 were affected by many trends and social forces.  Sound was still a novelty, with the word “Talkie” often used to advertise films.  New stars like Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck crowded out old silent movie favorites like Buster Keaton, Clara Bow, and John Gilbert.

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