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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As I scanned the descriptions of the 12 finalists in the Manhattan Short Film Festival, in which the Michigan Theater participated on Sept. 29, 2007, I thought about the power that my vote gave me over the careers of the 12 filmmakers. Then I realized that I wield the same power every time I decide on a movie to see.
You can always count on something innovative and creative at the Detroit Film Theatre. On my first visit of the Fall 2007 season, on September 13, I was greeted by a new entrance that the DFT will use while renovation goes on at the Detroit Institute of Arts near the DFT’s regular entrance.
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).
Without the Detroit Film Theatre and the Michigan Theater, I couldn’t have fully experienced the movies of many famous foreign language film directors, including Akira Kurosawa, François Truffaut, Satyajit Ray, and two directors who died on July 30, 2007—Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni.