Archive for April, 2006

Aging Gracefully

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

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Youth is valued in our society for its attractiveness and energy.  But two recent films at the Detroit Film Theatre (Ballets Russes) and the Michigan Theater (Neil Young: Heart of Gold) showed how older people can inspire us all to age more gracefully.

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Judy Garland’s Easter Parade

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

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When movie fans think of Judy Garland, her three most famous films might come to mind: The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) or A Star is Born (1954). Or maybe one of her many movies with Mickey Rooney.

But the late 1940s and early 1950s might show her at her most versatile, when she worked with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Van Johnson in several bright, funny entertainments.

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The Beautiful Sounds of Silents

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

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Imagine the joyful laughter of young children as they enjoy the misadventures of the main character of a movie. Is it the latest Pixar epic? Something from Disney? 

No, their amusement comes from 90-year-old silent films starring Charlie Chaplin. On April 8, 2006, the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor presented four of Chaplin’s short films from 1916. Youngsters who were born in the 21st century were treated to comedy classics that first hit the big screen during World War I.

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