Marx Brothers Serve Up Ice Cream Treat

“Get your ice cream! Get your tootsie frootsie ice cream!” shouts Chico Marx in the 1937 Marx Brothers film A Day at the Races, as he pushes an ice cream cart that actually holds some betting information for horse races.

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Discoveries at the DFT

In almost 20 years of trips to the Detroit Film Theatre, I have discovered many fascinating things about the world of cinema. It started in 1988, when my good friend John Petersen invited me to a screening of the German film Wings of Desire.

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Fun History at the Michigan Theater

Every month, when I write the Looking Back feature, I pleasurably suffer through many decisions about what to include from my notes. It’s also difficult to pick facts from the fascinating daily history of each Detroit Movie Palace when I scan microfilm records of old Ann Arbor and Detroit newspapers.

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25 Years Ago at the DFT

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Detroit Film Theatre began its ninth season on August 7, 1981 with Fran├žois Truffaut’s The Last Metro. The first half of that season finished on December 20 with the documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. A glance at the fall 1981 schedule reveals interesting insights into how art film programming has changed in the Detroit area.

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