Archive for May, 2006
The Detroit Movie Palaces help you rediscover classic films and see them in a new way. That happened again on May 26, 2006, when the Redford Theatre presented one of the standards for excellence in American films: Citizen Kane. This 1941 movie by Orson Welles has provoked more discussion about cinematic technique than almost any other film.
Another season of the Detroit Film Theatre has ended, and fans of the DFT have several months to build up anticipation for the next season, which starts in September. The DFT cycles through the calendar with a school year rhythm that also guides other cultural events. During the last weekend of the 2005/2006 DFT season, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City presented the final Saturday afternoon radio broadcast of its season, which started in December. Something about these endings—and knowledge of new beginnings next season—helps us to appreciate these art events even more.
DFT Double Bills
The Winter/Spring 2006 season of the Detroit Film Theatre included a new programming twist: Sunday double features. Visitors could attend an afternoon showing of one film, and then hang around for another movie in the evening. These double features started with the main weekend film, which would show on Friday and Saturday nights and then finish up on Sunday afternoons. On Sunday evenings, DFT visitors would then be treated to a film in a special series (Black History Month and Library of Congress silent films), or a film that in previous seasons would have been shown on just Monday nights.