French National Cinema

August 18th, 2012

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Among the benefits of visiting the Detroit Film Theatre and the Michigan Theater are the new things that you learn about other countries. You can see how they differ from the United States in their language, geography, food, politics, and other areas.

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Classic Film Fest

July 16th, 2012

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A midsummer weekend turned into a cinematic journey through different eras, genres, and techniques when I visited the latest screenings in four classic movie programs on July 13, 14, and 15, 2012.

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As Time Goes By

June 30th, 2012

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For almost 70 years, the romantic drama Casablanca has endured as an audience favorite. Further proof of that appeal came on June 29 and 30, 2012 at the Redford Theatre.

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Journey to Cinetopia

June 2nd, 2012

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The energy of the inaugural Cinetopia International Film Festival was building to a high point at about 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012, as I listened to the final comments of Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the famous silent film comedian Harold Lloyd.

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Sing-A-Long Grease

May 18th, 2012

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Grease was the word at the Redford Theatre on Friday, May 18, 2012, along with the rest of lyrics to the songs of the hit movie of that name from 1978. Hundreds of moviegoers lifted up their voices in song during a sing-a-long version of this modern classic starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Redford Theatre, May 18, 2012

Redford Theatre, May 18, 2012

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A Second Look

May 10th, 2012

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As the French Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar came to its poignant and heart-stirring conclusion on May 10, 2012 at the Michigan Theater, I felt glad that I was seeing it as the K-12 school year neared its end.

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Renewal

May 8th, 2012

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The 85th birthday is approaching for the Redford Theatre, the Michigan Theater, and the auditorium of the Detroit Institute of Arts that hosts the Detroit Film Theatre. All three theaters have taken on ambitious renewal projects that will make them more user-friendly, a term that probably wasn’t used when the buildings opened in 1927 and 1928.

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Some Words About Silents

April 29th, 2012

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Visitors to the Redford Theatre on the evening of April 21, 2012 looked forward to a special night of silent film enjoyment starring the famous Mary Pickford in the 1920 movie Suds. Much of that enjoyment would come from the musical accompaniment by Dave Calendine on the Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that was in the Redford when it opened in 1928.

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Ann Arbor Film Festival Turns 50

March 29th, 2012

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Michigan Theater, March 29, 2012

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Immortality

March 13th, 2012

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The people involved in making films often achieve a kind of immortality. That is especially true for French director Jean Vigo, whose last feature film, L’Atalante, was screened at the Detroit Film Theatre on March 10, 2012 as part of the DFT 101 series.

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