Archive for the ‘Foreign Language’ Category

Monday at the Michigan

Monday, April 11th, 2011

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A Monday in April, as another Michigan spring inches its way teasingly towards the warmth of summer. On April 11, 2011, I thought I’d take the edge off the beginning of the workweek by taking in a double feature at the Michigan Theater, which is near where I work in Ann Arbor.

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But Seriously…

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

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Serious movies can provide as much escapism as your typical action flick. I felt that on Friday, February 4, 2011 at the Detroit Film Theatre as I watched the German film Vision.

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Classic Cinema 2010

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

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How is this for a solid and varied lineup of old movies for your local art/repertory film theater:

  • 8 1/2
  • Metropolis
  • Rashomon
  • 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.

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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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M. Hulot’s Holiday

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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It’s M. Hulot’s breezy, absurd world, and we’re all part of it, in the sweet-tempered anarchy of the 1953 French comedy, M. Hulot’s Holiday, which played at the Michigan Theater on July 18, 2010 as part of its Summer Classic Film Series.

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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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Faces of the World

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

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The Historic Auditorium of the Michigan Theater has played host to some of the most unforgettable facial images in the history of film over the last few months, as part of its World Cinema Film Series. The difference between TV and theater screenings of movies might be most pronounced in the emotion and detail that is communicated in facial closeups.

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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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The Detroit Film Theatre’s film presentation of the opera La bohème on October 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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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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