Much of the 1980s is now more than a quarter century ago. Movies from that time can now carry layers of significance that weren’t possible when the films were first released. The Redford Theatre recently screened two films from the early 1980s that sent me and probably many other filmgoers on interesting trips down memory lane.
“Right across from Borders,” has probably been the answer to many questions about the location of the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. Sadly, that answer will soon be changing, with the closure of all Borders bookstores by September 2011.
I admit that it was hard to motivate myself to go see the 1926 German silent film Faust at the Detroit Film Theatre on Saturday, July 9, 2011. After all, it was a beautiful summer afternoon—not the ideal time to spend two hours watching a serious movie about a man struggling with the temptations of the Devil.
But I knew that attending the DFT is more than just watching a motion picture on a screen. There’s always added value, both in the regular activities of the theater and in the different special events that it presents.
You could see it in their faces, in their actions, in their words. It didn’t matter if they were in the sweltering confines of the Burmese jungle, or in the vast emptiness of the drought-stricken American West. They were all on demanding journeys in which they were pushed to the limit—physically, mentally, emotionally. And somewhere along their tragic journey, they were in search of that basic human need—dignity.
When film editor Richard Chew took to the stage of the Detroit Film Theatre on June 11, 2011, he might have felt a sense of honor and accomplishment. Here he was, sharing the lessons of his life’s work, with a sophisticated group of film lovers, in the beautifully restored DFT.
About 2/3 of the way through the Redford Theatre’s screening of the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock mystery Rebecca on May 28, 2011, I started thinking about how hard it is for one artist to lay claim to a story. At that point in the movie, at the costume party, the book and movie versions of the story of Rebecca veered off in significantly different directions.
If you’d like to take your moviegoing habits on the road this summer, just three hours away in Columbus, Ohio are a wide variety of film experiences that can be enjoyed by any regular patron of the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, or Redford Theatre.
A Monday in April, as another Michigan spring inches its way teasingly towards the warmth of summer. On April 11, 2011, I thought I’d take the edge off the beginning of the workweek by taking in a double feature at the Michigan Theater, which is near where I work in Ann Arbor.